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Heart & Craft (April 2019-March 2021)

Start: April 1, 2019
End: March 1, 2021
Duration: 2 Years

Heart & Craft ran for 24 months and was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to provide art activities for the over 55’s in eight communities across North Yorkshire.

Throughout the project, members had the opportunity to explore a range of mediums through our friendly and relaxed activities. We explored peg-loom wool weaving, jewellery making, fused glass techniques, ceramics, willow weaving, silk painting, printmaking and much more!

In total, we delivered 186 workshops, via 26 artists, to over 2,000 participants. The Coronavirus pandemic changed how we usually work, meaning we also delivered remote workshops, put together a virtual exhibition and sent out over 500 postal craft packs.

We’re incredibly proud of what Heart & Craft has achieved, and are currently seeking further funding to ensure we can continue to support some of the most vulnerable and isolated older people across North Yorkshire.

You can view some of the brilliant Heart & Crafter creations below in our Virtual Exhibition.

Hear From Our Heart & Crafters:

‘H’, an attendee of the Thirsk group, says…

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the silk painting yesterday. A whole new approach to art – I haven’t done anything as good in a long time! The tutor was excellent, very approachable and kind.

‘V’, venue leader for Borrowby, says…

Thank you again for this morning’s willow workshop – it was super! Everyone enjoyed it immensely and so appreciated the topical focus of stars. Thank you so much for the super organisation of these sessions!

‘T’, a recent attendee at Thirsk group, says…

Everyone was very impressed with my hippo – it has pride of place on my bookshelf! I want to keep my skills up. Thanks again – you’re doing a grand job!

‘Y’, venue leader for Stillington, says…

One member was so effusive about how good it was and the way things had been set out – she even requested a repeat session!

‘S’, a regular attendee at Thirsk and Borrowby, comments on her lockdown craft pack…

My craft pack was great to receive on a rainy day! Been collaging all afternoon and lost track of time – run out of glue! Great idea!