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A Rural Review 2016: Week 20!

Hello one and all and welcome back to ‘A Rural Review.’ First of all we want to start by saying Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim readers, in Britain and the wider world,  we wish you well! It has been an excellent week here at Rural Arts, with exciting announcements and fun activities galore – so let’s kick off with…

What’s been happening

Create Tour Funding
Here at Rural Arts, every week is one filled with at least some excitement and joy, but there is some news that really makes a week stand out. This week was one of those weeks. We are hugely excited to announce that the Arts Council have awarded Rural Arts funding to continue and develop our young people’s project Create Tour. For those who don’t know, our Create Tour gives young people in the region the chance to work with a professional performance company, create their own show and then tour it around local venues free of charge. This funding not only helps us to continue this project into 2019- but this development will also allows to bring new exciting diverse work to our lovely community. We really can’t wait to get started! To read about ours, and all other successful applications to the fund, please click HERE.

Rural Roadshow – Reeth
The young people with their amazing creations!
On Thursday, two Rural Arts staff members travelled down to Reeth Memorial Hall to deliver a workshop as part of our Rural Roadtrip scheme. This project involves staff heading to Youth Clubs and villages all throughout the region, putting on free arts and drama workshops for all the young people there. We kicked off proceedings in Reeth, and what a fun evening it was! We had great time with 14 fantastic young people, all of whom created fantastic results! This is only the first workshop of a few we will be doing – so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those, including one next week in Bedale on the 15th July! To find out more about that session, or to get any more information, please e-mail

What’s coming up


We can’t wait!

Only 6 days to go! Yes only 6 days until you can come to the Courthouse and hear the beautiful, sweet, smooth sounds of this fantabulous Jazz band creating unadulterated joy in your ears (we don’t think we overdid this at all..) The best part? You can get this experience at no set fee – you just pay what you think or can afford at the end of the show. So come and see Manjula next Thursday, and be wowed by their improvising and many different musical influences – it promises to be an amazing night. Tickets can be reserved (which we strongly suggest you do so you do not end up disappointed!) HERE.

Stone Carving
You could be just a stone’s throw away from making this!
Next week, the amazing artist Jennifer Tetlow returns with another fabulous Stone Carving workshop. This is your chance to learn how to sculpt in Stone, build confidence and use professional tools. Can you think of a better way to spend a day? Evidently many can’t as we only have 1 space left! To nab that final place so you don’t mend up feeling like you are at ‘rock bottom’ (sorry) click HERE. Just a word of warning: prepare yourself to get a little dusty!

Summer Holiday Workshops
Is this a dagger I see before me? Oh no wait, it’s not a dagger, it’s a whole load of exciting, affordable drop in Shakespearean themed workshops in the summer holidays… (To be fair that is an easy mistake to make…) All throughout the month of August Rural Arts are hosting two workshops a week based around the Bard himself, one doing miniature portraits and one creating a puppet theatre. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Montague or a Capulet, everyone will enjoy these sessions – and if you think we are making Much Ado about nothing, why not pop along for yourself to see if you can get a measure (for measure) of what we are about! To do just that, click HERE
All the world’s a….

Wow some of the Shakespeare puns were truly terrible weren’t they? Ah well never mind, we made it through another post, so All’s Well that Ends Well! We hope to see you next week for another Rural Review – thanks very much for reading.