Happy Friday one and all and welcome back to A Rural Review. As our dedicated readers will know, in the introduction to our blog we often touch upon an event that has happened this week, before we dive into telling you all about Rural Arts recent activities and what other projects we have in the pipeline for you to get involved with. Now this week there was one news story that is simply too big to ignore: it is something that has got the whole country talking, has divided friends and families and led to furious arguments on social media… We are of course talking about the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert. It is our aim to make you as happy as Buster the Boxer mid-bounce by the time you have finished perusing this post: let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into…
What’s been happening
Look at all this creativity!
Half Term Activities
Over the half term week Rural Arts put on it’s annual celebration of halloween with a host of spooky activities that brought huge crowds of young people to our Courthouse. Goblins, Ghosts and Ghouls were made, Spooky Spiders were eaten and much fun was had by all. Not only that, but we had the pleasure of doing all these activities in a room full of amazing Halloween decorations from the inimitable Thirsk Yarnbombers (big thanks to you, ladies.) It’s fair to say that with 8 different activities taking place over the course of a single week we were a bit tired (!) but full of happiness after what is always one of our favourite weeks in the calendar. We are always have loads of fun activities on every half term, so keep a look out for any other activities we have coming up!
A Taste of Art…
Our weekly adults art club continues to produce wonderful results – for those who do’t know, A Taste Of… runs throughout the year, giving everyone the chance to try a range of different art styles & techniques for prices that don’t break the bank. These sessions are always up there with our most popular, and people love it for the relaxed, friendly and creative atmosphere in our studio. Last week we had dry point & mono printing and this week embroidery – and we will let the results do the talking rather than me blabbering on! (But a final blabber from me – there are still spaces on the course up until Christmas and we will have a new season in Spring so do make sure you get involved! Find out more HERE)
Printing in action!
What’s coming up
No Petticoats Here
Seriously, it’s so good – go and see it.
Next week, we have the wonderful show No Petticoats Here starting it’s run on the ON Tour scheme. In this show, performer Louise Jordan shares the stories, through song, of remarkable women who lived during the First World War. This includes one who dressed as a man and became a soldier; women who rescued airmen from No Man’s Land; inventors, engineers and factory workers. With stories, songs, diary extracts and anecdotes, Louise’s show is a wonderful celebration of amazing feats in a difficult time. As you can imagine, this shows has garnered a lot of interest and so we have 7 dates all across the county – so you have no excuse not to see it! To book a ticket to any of these shows, please click HERE.
Look at our funky new poster!
Talking of hugely popular, sold out events returning to Rural Arts… Hey Clay is back again! We ran this free day last year and it’s fair to say it captured the people of Thirsk’s imagination. And why wouldn’t it?! We have live demonstration from the region’s best ceramicists, workshops to get involved with, cafe and gallery in full swing, and an even chance to try your hand at a Potters Wheel – so you would be potty not to attend (sorry.) You are more than welcome to just pop in on the day and soak in the atmosphere – but to grab yourself a place on the workshops, click HERE.
She’s back! Edwina Hayes is a beautiful singer songwriter who wows The Courthouse in November every year. She shot to stardom after her wonderful version of ‘Feels Like Home’ was featured on the film ‘My Sisters Keeper’ (this then promptly made hundreds of Mum’s bawl their eyes out, and then listen to the song again – different versions of the song have amassed over 5 million views on Youtube combined.) Her voice has been described as ‘the sweetest in all the land’ and her shows, which intertwine her songs and her warm and funny stage presence, always sell out. This year is no exception, with only a handful of tickets left – so to grab them, please click HERE.
That’s it! We have reached the end of the blog – and thankfully we have managed to go a whole post without mentioning a certain event. Thanks very much for reading, I know we have been a bit hit and miss with posts recently, but with a bit of hard work from us and your continued to readership – we are sure we can Make Rural Review Great Again! (Oh dear…) See you soon for another post!