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Ideas on a Shoestring - Sharing Event

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Ideas on a Shoestring - Sharing Event

The Courthouse Thirsk
Saturday 29th September

Looking for creative inspiration with recycled or low-cost materials? Come along to a day of activities (suitable for a whole range of ages and abilities) that can be delivered by anyone working in a community school or care setting.

The event is open to all but targeted at Youth Leaders, School Teachers and those working within a care/support setting for young people. We would like the event to act as an idea sharing and networking opportunity for everyone who attends.


10.00am - 10.20am: 

Warmers and Icebreakers (20 mins)

10.20am - 12.30pm:

Jessica Grady Workshop Creative Up-Cycling (2 hour, 10 mins)

(Artist Jessica Grady has recently been chosen as the 2018 winner of the under 30's embroidery scholar. The competitive award is chosen by the world-renowned Embroiderer's Guild, and is a national award to recognise talent in the textile arts. This participatory workshop will demonstrate ways of incorporating mixed media and waste materials into Textile Art pieces. Plastic packaging, hand dyed vegetable containers, melted straws, fabric scraps, broken jewellery and turning wires and cables will be transformed into beautiful embellishments for stitching onto fabric. No embroidery experience is required! Expect to leave with an understanding of the techniques, colour and materials associated with Jessica's artistic practice which can used as inspiration and adapted to suit your classes interests!)

12.30pm - 1.15pm:

Lunch (45 mins)

1.15pm - 2.30pm:

North Yorkshire Youth and Rural Arts Youth Development Officer Activities to Inspire & Engage (1 hour 15 mins)

(Panda Gledhill from North Yorkshire Youth and Nicola from Rural Arts will be facilitating games that will inspire and engage young people with a project or event. Dance, Creative Movement and Drama will be touched as well as classroom/group management and the breaking down of barriers.)

2.30pm - 3.15pm:

Rural Arts Community Engagement Officer Workshop Low-Cost and Fun Activities (45 mins)

(Community Engagement Officer and Art Club Leader Poppy will guide you through her workshop successes within her Art Club for children and young people between the ages of 5-18. The workshop will explore accessible, low cost and age-friendly participatory visual arts-based activities that engage a young person with famous artists and art movements. Expect to leave this workshop with some new ideas and a list of materials that can be shared with your children and young people!)

3.15pm - 3.30pm:

Creative & Fun Evaluation (15 mins)


Saturday 29th September, The Courthouse, Thirsk (10am-3.30pm) Tickets Available: 1
Ticket 30.00

People contributing towards the day:

Poppy Oldham – Rural Arts Community Engagement Officer 

Poppy is our Art Club Leader for young people between the ages of 5-18. Her mission is to support any young person to enjoy the arts while inviting them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Rural Art’s term time Art club develops creativity, communication and leadership skills in all young people who are also offered the option of completing their Arts Award. Poppy is trained at all levels of the Arts Award and is a strong believer that it not only encourages individual’s development, it can also reflects many different interests and ambitions when helping define young people’s creative futures.

Poppy will be replaying a number of activities that have been really successful within the art club and are both accessible and low cost. These ideas can be taken away and be used as inspiration within your workshops and classes for young people.  

Jessica Grady 

After recently receiving the Embroiders Guild 2018 Scolar award for under 30’s, Jessica is now looking forward to exhibiting in the knitting and stitching shows over the UK. Originally from the North Yorkshire Coast, Jess now works from her home studio in Leeds. We are delighted to have her as part of Idea’s on a Shoestring where she will be delivering a morning workshop with us on Creative Up-cycling with embroidery and embellishment.

Colour, pattern and texture will be explored through hand stitching over the course of the morning as the artist guides you through the process of being creative and innovative with unconventional textile materials. Tips on how to reduce waste in your classes and studio spaces will be shared as she demonstrates how she repurposes and recycles plastic packaging, hand dyed vegetable containers, melted straws, fabric scraps, broken jewellery, cables and wires will transform into beautiful pieces of art.  This workshop is suitable for all ages and ideas from Jess can be taken back into your workplace. 

North Yorkshire Youth 

North Yorkshire Youth is passionate about enabling children and young people to discover their own potential. They support youth work in local communities, provide training activites and other adventurous engagement projects. They will be teaming up with our Youth Development Officer Nicola Phillips to facilitate icebreakers and activities that encourage engagement from young people.

Nicola Phillips – Youth Development Officer – Rural Arts

Nicola Phillips manages our CREATE TOUR, which offers young people between the ages of 11-18 the opportunity to tour with a professional dance, theatre and musical theatre companies. The tour operates in Richmond, Redcar and Ryedale where young people spend four days working with them to produce a piece of work which will then be taken on tour with them as they become the opening act on their show. Previously CREATE TOUR has worked with Tamasha, Phoenix Dance, RJC dance, Fuel Theatre, The Harmonettes and Ian Sherwood.

Nicola Phillips launched her Young Ambassadors iniative in August and would love to share the opportunities that come with becoming a ‘young promoter’.


Disability Access

Car Parking

The Courthouse offers disabled parking for Blue Badge owners. If you will be needing to use the disabled parking please contact us prior to arrival so we can reserve you a place in our carpark. 

Wheel Chair Access

The Courthouse has wheel chair access into, and throughout, the building. There is a lift providing access to the second floor and disabled toilet.

If you are coming to a workshop or performance please let us know in advance so we can allocate a space for you in the audience or studio.


If you have purchased a place on a workshop or to one of our performances at The Courthouse and are bringing a carer with you, please let us know when you book your place. Carers are welcome to attend the activity, but if they wish to participate they will need to book a place. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.


How To Find The Venue

Planning Your Visit

  • A short walk from Thirsk Market Place
  • Local parking
  • Disabled parking, access and toilet
  • Games, books and activities for children
  • Children’s menu
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chair


Ideas on a Shoestring - Sharing Event

Ideas on a Shoestring - Sharing Event
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