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A message from Director & CEO Max May

On the left, Max May on his first day as an intern at Rural Arts. On the right, Max on his first day as CEO at Rural Arts

As many of you will know, I started my career at Rural Arts as an intern – and 5 years and 27 days later, re-joined as Director & CEO. Today, after another three and a bit years, I’m sharing that it is once again time for me to move on from Rural Arts. Rural Arts […]

Talking ‘Pen Pals’ with BBC Radio York

Our Director and CEO Max May and Keepsake artist Tom Wentworth were invited onto BBC Radio York with Jonathan Cowap to share about Pen Pals, Tom’s Keepsake commission. You can read a transcript of their conversation below, or tune in from 1:26:35 on this link until Saturday 19th June. listen to the recording on the BBC […]

Free lockdown activities on new website

A video still from a tutorial of making your own stop motion animation North Yorkshire charity Rural Arts today launches a new website to support people to stay happy and healthy at home through the third lockdown. The website is part of its project North Yorkshire Together, run in conjunction with North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, which […]

Rural Arts one of 50 arts organisations to be funded to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow

Release date: 11th November 2020 Rural Arts one of 50 arts organisations to be funded to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow  – The role of Creative Producer at Rural Arts is now open for applications  – The programme is targeted at applicants from low socio-economic groups, who are under-represented in the arts and cultural sector  Rural Arts is to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow as part of a […]

Rural Arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

 Release date: 21st October 2020    Rural Arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn   Culture Recovery Fund   A post COVID-19 Heart and Craft session for Over 50s, with participants making ceramic animals.    Rural Arts has been awarded £115,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the […]

Three charities working to bring North Yorkshire Together

 Release date: Tuesday 13th October 2020     Three charities working to bring North Yorkshire Together  Resource packs being put together at North Yorkshire Sport during lockdown    Rural Arts is very excited to launch a new project, North Yorkshire Together, to help communities across the county navigate the ongoing difficulties of the Coronavirus pandemic. Working alongside fellow county-wide charities North […]

Arts centre launches reopening season

 Release date: 17th July 2020    Arts centre launches reopening season  ‘An Unprecedented Pause’ by Millie Dunning, the cover image for The Courthouse’s September – December 2020 brochure    Rural Arts today announces almost 100 events and activities to take place at The Courthouse – North Yorkshire’s only professionally run cross-arts centre – following its reopening on Tuesday 11th August 2020.    The new season – titled ‘Following An […]

Launch of hand-drawn resource pack to support local charity

 Release date: 6th May 2020   Launch of hand-drawn resource pack to support local charity    Rural Arts today launches its RADISH Resource Pack – a selection of beautiful, hand-drawn art activities for anyone 4+.    The Thirsk-based charity, which enriches lives and connects communities across North Yorkshire, has been running #RADISH – Rural Arts’ Daily Inspiration while Staying at Home – for […]

Love, spice and the apocalypse comes to Thirsk

 Release date: 04.02.2020  Love and Spice by Balbir Singh Dance Company    February sees two remarkable live performances come to Thirsk, courtesy of regional arts charity Rural Arts. On Thursday 13th February multi-award winning writer and broadcaster Byron Vincent will perform his funny and entertaining one-man show, Instagramming the Apocalypse.    After being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, Byron turns his sharp […]

FUSE re-launched across North Yorkshire

 Release date: 28.01.20  A past workshop by FUSE Theatre and Graeae Theatre company with YSJ Theatre Students  FUSE, NYCC’s former much-loved drama project, has received a new lease of life under the management of Rural Arts, a regional arts charity.     In April 2019, the project was transitioned away from NYCC to a partnership between Rural Arts and Your Consortium, a not-for-profit organisation based […]