Imaginosity finds a new home at Rural Arts

Imaginosity, a project at Mill Hill School, Northallerton, that uses creativity, imagination and curiosity to improve outcomes for children and young people, is continuing – and expanding – through a new partnership with North Yorkshire arts charity, Rural Arts.   Established and funded by Wykeland Group in 2018, Imaginosity has developed into a vital programme at the school, particularly during the pandemic. The project has even been recognised […]

Rural Arts welcomes new CEO

Rural Arts, a North Yorkshire charity delivering inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities, will soon have a new CEO at the helm. Michael Slavin, joins the organisation from York Theatre Royal where he spent five years as Operations Director.  The news comes following the recent announcement from Arts Council England […]

Spring into Rural Arts’ new season at The Courthouse

Sync or Swim by Tamar and Jo

North Yorkshire arts charity Rural Arts has released its programme of events for Spring 2023 at its base, The Courthouse in Thirsk.   The charity has a variety of bright and bold workshops, exhibitions, performances, and screenings for the January – June period, as it enters its thirtieth anniversary year. With almost 200 creative events and […]

North Yorkshire charity secures three-year funding from Arts Council England

Thirsk-based Rural Arts has been offered three years of annual funding from Arts Council England, one of only 7 organisations in North Yorkshire to join the funder’s prestigious National Portfolio for 2023-2026.   This investment will support the organisation to continue its mission of enriching lives and connecting communities across North Yorkshire. Rural Arts runs a […]

‘Bat, Cackle Pop!’ to put a magical spell on children this half term

Bat Crackle Pop, story craft theatre

Award-winning theatre makers, Story Craft Theatre present their newest children’s show, ‘Bat Crackle, Pop!’ to venues across North Yorkshire during October half-term.   Story Craft Theatre make imaginative and interactive theatre for children to ignite dreams, promote teamwork and create lots of fun. The Story Craft team Janet and Cassie say “our aim has always been […]

Your Village Hall needs you – to support live performance!

Power, strong lady productions

Rural Arts is calling for people who live in villages around North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley to support live performance taking place in their local village halls.   ON Tour is a scheme that brings live performance to village halls across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley. 2022 marks the scheme’s 25th anniversary, and each […]

Call for fresh perspectives from emerging Northern artists 

OPEN CALL: Opportunity for Emerging Northern Artists in FRESH Exhibition 2022  North Yorkshire-based charity Rural Arts has announced the return of FRESH, its annual cross-disciplinary exhibition from early career artists in the North of England. The exhibition – which has not run for two years due to the pandemic – is open for entries until […]

Artist interview with Sarah Pym

We interviewed artist and mental health professional Sarah Pym, who is exhibiting at The Courthouse from Friday 6th – Friday 20th May. Entry is free, and you can visit the exhibition Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm. Watch an introduction video and read our Q&A below! Can you introduce yourself? My name is Sarah Pym […]

Artist Interview with Nel Hume

Nel Hume is exhibiting a selection of paintings at The Courthouse in Let The Light Back In from Tuesday 12th April – Friday 22nd April. We did a Q&A with Nel about her work, how she started as an artist, and what inspires her.   Can you introduce yourself? My name is Nel Hume and […]

Spellbinding Easter family show to make a splash in Thirsk 

Beached puppet show

This Easter, we are hosting a special family show at our venue The Courthouse in Thirsk. Beached is a unique piece of family puppet theatre that tells the tale of Arnold, whose quiet walk on the beach quickly turns into an unexpected underwater adventure. The show is created by Strangeface, a mask and theatre company […]