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From 10-week courses for unemployed people to regular creativity sessions for older people, there are lots of way you can get involved with Rural Arts for free in communities across North Yorkshire. 

By working with community partners and professional artists, we support adults who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or rurally-isolated to develop creative skills, increase confidence and improve wellbeing.

We can also offer a number of workshops for special celebrations, corporate meetings or events, schools, community centres and youth clubs. See our Outreach workshop menu to find out more.

Current Projects

Funded by Henry Smith Charity and The National Lottery Community Fund, Heart & Craft provides fortnightly art activities for the over 70s in eight communities across North Yorkshire.
A partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth to support residents to stay happy and healthy.
Rural Arts are pleased to invite filmmakers from the LGBTQIA+ community to submit short films to our Short Film Season.
ArtBeat is a year-long programme of creative wellbeing workshops in care settings and in the homes of housebound individuals.

Past Projects

FRESH is an annual, cross-disciplinary exhibition of art from early career artists in the North of England.
Free courses to provide unemployed people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into employment or training.
PEACE of Mind was a season of activities with a focus on improving mental health and reducing the risk of suicide
Flourish is our performing artist development programme, offering networking, mentoring, training and opportunities.
To mark the Jubilee, we worked with mental health arts charity The Orb to deliver a series of ceramics and printmaking workshops.
Restore is a project funded by Community Foundation North East, providing creative workshops to people living with dementia and mental health challenges.
Funded by the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, we provide art activities for Over 65s in eight communities across North Yorkshire.
A creative consultation to understand more about what people in five Selby district villages want to see in their community
We provided weekly sessions with inspirational tutors and resources to support unemployed people to pursue their creative goals.
Free courses to provide unemployed people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into employment or training.
Rural Arts’ artist development programme for performing artists, offering networking, mentoring, training and opportunities.
Increasing wellbeing and connecting communities during the pandemic through 11 artist commissions reaching right across North Yorkshire.
We provided resource packs, digital workshops, free WiFi devices and more to over 4,000 people struggling during the pandemic.
Specialist creative wellbeing workshops for people furthest away from the workplace.
We provided 25 hours of free digital technology training to people disconnected from their usual support systems during the Coronavirus pandemic.
A free digital creativity programme in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, sharing something creative every weekday from March to August 2020!
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, we provided art activities for Over 55s in eight communities across North Yorkshire.
We reached over 50 people and their carers to trial therapeutic art activities and raise awareness of poor mental health.
We brought two generations and 25 people together through creative activities, partnering with Thirsk School and Orchid House Extra Care Housing Scheme.
We delivered a series of community art sessions at Richmond Castle which encouraged groups to explore the unique historical records written within the castle’s walls.
We were one of a hundred arts organisations selected to create a banner to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the first women in the UK getting the right to vote.
A two-year “action-research project” using innovative ways to increase arts engagement in the over 75s in North Yorkshire.
Art workshops to introduce museum and heritage volunteers to new arts and crafts – which they then shared via their own creative sessions with visitors to their sites!
Arts and social activities in North Yorkshire’s 18 extra-care housing schemes to improve emotional wellbeing and combat loneliness.
Analysing the impact that participatory arts activities had on the wellbeing of older adults, using activity tracking wristbands.
We partnered with Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to provide workshops to veterans in communities across the region.
A two-year textiles project with the Army Welfare Service, increasing the confidence of and connections between military communities.
Connecting learners with 12 free hours of enjoyable and therapeutic arts activities led by a professional practitioner.
Creative and digital workshops, exhibitions and performances to reduce loneliness and isolation in North Yorkshire’s older communities.
Celebrating the 800 th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, we led community banner making workshops, an art trail and a shop window competition!
Community and educational workshops led by local artists that enabled groups to respond creatively to the development of Sowerby Gateway, a new housing development.