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Looking Back: Highlights from May and June at The Courthouse

Saturday 18thMay Hey Clay 

 Hey Clay was our ceramics event, with a range of workshops, artist demos and local artwork available to buy. We ran three workshops – making ceramic fish, ceramic planters, and ceramic ring dishes. We also had a ‘Play with Clay’ area for young children, giving them the chance to get their hands stuck into creating with clay. The event was a success, with some beautiful ceramic work coming out of the workshops!

Tuesday 28thMay – Animals mask making and performance by Lempen Puppets of Cardboard Carnival

We had a colourful, creative and musical day – with an Animal Masks workshop followed by the Lempen Puppet performance of ‘Cardboard Carnival’. Lempen Puppet Theatre Company brought their imaginative, spellbinding and surprising CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS to The Courthouse. The Courthouse was full of music and storytelling, and some great masks came out of our workshop.

Saturday 22ndJune – Fly the Flag Week 

Fly the Flag Week was dedicated to exploring human rights issues, with discussions about what human rights means and the different areas of our lives they affect. We hosted a free event to create your very own flags and paper characters, which were exhibited in the courtroom. The young people from our weekly Art Club got involved too, and painted some colourful and powerful flags which were also in the exhibition.

23rdJune – Countryfile 
We welcomed Presenter Tom Heap to Heart and Craft, our free arts workshop for over 50swhere he interviewed one of the participants, Joan. Our Director Max May was also interviewed about the importance of funding the arts in rural areas. It was a proud moment for us to see Rural Arts presented to such a wide audience, and have the chance to talk about the work we do alongside rural communities. The programme is still available on BBC iPlayer ( for those of you who missed it!

“It was great to see our regulars enjoying the session, and to share the lovely things we do here with a wider audience. And I was glad to see Joan have her starring moment!” – Sorcha, Workshops Manager

“It was great to see Countryfile take an interest in Heart and Craft… and to also get a look behind-the-scenes on how they film the show!” – Namita, Marketing Officer
“A lot of the work we do comes from a health perspective. It’s about using arts to make people’s lives, day to day, better.” – Max, Director of Rural Arts Thirsk

We launched our new brochure!
Last but certainly not least, we launched our new programme of workshops, performances and events in June. With a new layout and some new events too – lookout for NT Live and iCan workshops – there’s lots to look forward to this year. Just follow the link for upcoming workshops: Or this one for upcoming performances and events:

   The brochure is available on our website, and in The Courthouse, or you can follow this link to download a copy: