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At Rural Arts, we’re a friendly team dedicated to enriching lives and connecting communities through inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities.

Working across 3,500 square miles of England’s largest county, our vision is creativity in every community in North Yorkshire.

Through our work, our actions and our operations we strive to live our values: to be inclusive, passionate, enriching, innovative and ambitious.

We currently have one vacancy

1. Artist Commission Opportunity: Thirsk Intergenerational Event

Join the WE ARE HERE project, an inspiring initiative in Thirsk fostering community through art. This summer, we’re hosting intergenerational workshops with the over-70s Heart & Craft group and Thirsk Youth Group for our Thirsk Intergenerational Event. Heart & Craft combats loneliness and social isolation by offering art activities for individuals over 70 in North Yorkshire, while Thirsk Youth Group empowers young people uninterested in mainstream activities.

We are seeking an artist to lead six workshops, facilitate discussions on matters important to the groups, and guide participants in creating a unified artwork. A key aspect is ensuring a true collaborative process without preconceived ideas. You will also mentor an emerging artist, offering feedback and support, helping them gain skills and confidence while enhancing your own professional growth. Join us in creating meaningful art that bridges generations and celebrates both groups’ identity.

To learn more about the commission, important deadlines, and how to apply, please follow this link.

Deadline 10am 20th June 2024.

 

We love volunteers! You can find out more by visiting our dedicated volunteering page by clicking here.

Every year, we welcome work experience students through formal placements via their secondary school. If you are interested in doing your work experience with Rural Arts, contact Ellie Stephenson (Operations Coordinator) on ellie@ruralarts.org or 01845 526 536.

If you are required to complete a study placement for your further or higher education course, and would like to discuss doing this with Rural Arts, please send details of your requirements and interests to admin@ruralarts.org

You might also want to check out our page on volunteering with Rural Arts by clicking here.

Yes! One of Rural Arts’ seven aims is to train and retain creative talent in North Yorkshire, and internships are a really important part of how we do that. In fact, over half of our current staff team joined the organisation through some form of internship or trainee position.

Rural Arts pays all of its interns. Whilst this ensures everyone is fairly treated, and that our interns benefit from real growth and learning experiences, it does mean that we don’t have the funds to run a rolling internship programme.

Any open opportunities will be advertised here on our website, and you can follow us on social media to be the first to know of any opportunities!

You might also want to check out our page on volunteering with Rural Arts by clicking here.

 

You can find out all about how to get involved with Rural Arts as a performer / company by clicking here. This includes information our our timelines, the type of work we programme and how it works to receive bookings from our volunteer promoters.

Our shop features work from over 60 wonderful designer-makers but we’re always on the lookout for exciting new products.

We currently stock a diverse range of ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, prints, papier-mâché and much more.

The majority of work we stock is on a sale or return basis. When sales are made, we give 60% of the retail price to the artist and retain 40% as commission. Please take this into consideration when pricing your work.

If you’re interested in selling your work with us please email Ellie Stephenson, Operations Coordinator, ellie@ruralarts.org

We love hearing from new artists who want to run workshops with us! This could be for adults or young people. We also look out for people with specialist skills, both technically but also in terms of working with particular communities. 

To find out more, send an email to Julian Hartley, Senior Creative Producer (Visual Arts), julian@ruralarts.org, detailing:

  • what type of workshops you can offer (both in terms of artistic form – e.g. ceramics, printmaking – and for what audience, whether these are one-off or courses etc. 
  • what you require (including your fees)

We support independent artists and designer-makers from across Yorkshire and beyond. There are three main ways you could get involved:

  • Sell your work in our artisan shop – see FAQ above
  • Through our programme of professional and community exhibitions hosted in The Courtroom

To enquire about any of the three above opportunities, please contact Julian Hartley, Senior Creative Producer (Visual Arts) on julian@ruralarts.org.