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 […]

Interview with Artist of the Month Jan Bulley

A woman in an art studio painting onto a canvas

We interviewed Yorkshire-based artist Jan Bulley, who is exhibiting her work at The Courthouse as our Artist of the Month for February 2022.   Can you introduce yourself and your exhibition? My name is Jan Bulley and I live in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. This exhibition at Rural Arts is as Artist of the Month […]

Diverse performances flourishing under new support 

North Yorkshire charity Rural Arts is hosting a showcase of new performances they have commissioned at their arts centre The Courthouse in Thirsk.  The work-in-progress showings are the outcome of a competitive application process last year. Four companies were chosen from over 60 submissions, and each has received £2,500 – alongside professional support and free […]

Performing artists flourish under new scheme

Four emerging performing arts companies from across the UK perform new works next week at The Courthouse in Thirsk, home to arts charity Rural Arts.  The performers were selected through a call out as part of the charity’s artist development scheme Flourish, which gives them the opportunity to perform a work-in-progress piece in front of […]

Rural Arts to receive award from Culture Recovery Fund

Your Visit

Rural Arts among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund This award will help to further Rural Arts’ vision of creativity in every community in North Yorkshire   More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including Rural Arts, in […]

‘Craft Connect’ brings creativity to your doorstep

As the world ‘gets back to normal’, Rural Arts has launched a new initiative to ensure no one is left behind.  Rural Arts has launched a craft delivery box, to make getting creative accessible to everyone.    Craft Connect is a monthly craft box, bringing the experience of a Rural Arts workshop into the homes of […]