ArtBeat is a year-long programme of creative wellbeing workshops in care settings and in the homes of housebound individuals. Working with 10 care settings across North Yorkshire – and dozens of referral partners and individual clients – our Community Artists will bring free creativity to some of the county’s most vulnerable and isolated individuals. ArtBeat […]

Flourish (2022-2023)

What is Flourish? Flourish is a programme of artist development that offers networking, mentoring, training and opportunities to help keep performing artists connected and supported. Scratch Night is back on Saturday 8th October 2022, 7.30pm! Applications are open now! Deadline to apply: 13th August 2022 To apply please fill in the form here. Rural Arts […]


Restore is a project funded by Community Foundation North East, providing creative workshops to vulnerable and isolated people between March and December 2022. We have two types of workshops: those for people with mental health challenges and those for people living with dementia. For this project, we’ve partnered with Community Works in Thirsk, Mind Northallerton […]

The Gift (2022)

To mark the Jubilee, we worked in partnership with mental health arts charity The Orb to deliver a series of ceramics and printmaking workshops for their members. Participants considered what gift they might give the Queen in recognition of her jubilee, and worked with professional artists to create their artworks. Watch this space for more information and […]

FRESH (2022)

FRESH is an annual cross-disciplinary exhibition of art from early career artists in the North of England. In 2022, the exhibition will take place Friday 9th – Friday 23rd September 2022 at The Courthouse, Thirsk. Northern artists within the first 5 years of their practice* were invited to submit work from a wide range of […]

Create Your Community (2022)

Create Your Community is a creative consultation to understand more about what people in five Selby district villages want to see in their community. Funded by Selby District Council, throughout February and March Rural Arts delivered 10 workshops across 5 communities: Carlton, Eggborough, North Duffield, Riccall and Thorpe Willoughby. With a specific focus on culture […]

PEACE of Mind (2022)

PEACE of Mind is a programme of events Rural Arts are running throughout the months of September and October to promote mental wellbeing and open conversations up around mental health. The project is funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Suicide Prevention Grant. In September, which is Suicide Prevention Month, we will be hosting the brilliant […]

Monday Makers (2022)

Monday Makers is Rural Arts’ free 10-week course for unemployed people. The course provides skills and knowledge to help you on your journey to self-employment, employment or further education/training. Each session is led by a tutor, with guest artists offering crucial insight into what you need to become a self-employed artist or maker. The course […]

Heart and Craft

An older woman smiling whilst using clay to make a boat sculpture

Heart & Craft provides art activities for the over 65s in eight communities across North Yorkshire and is funded by The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust. Throughout the project, members have the opportunity to explore a range of mediums through our friendly and relaxed activities. In the past we’ve explored drawing, jewellery making, fused glass techniques, ceramics, […]

Flourish (2021-2022)

A woman in a blue dress underwater with her arms stretched out

Flourish was a programme of artist development that offered networking, mentoring, training and opportunities to help keep performing artists connected and supported. It was originally funded by Arts Council England. Training and Networking We ran a wide programme of training and networking events for performing artists, including support with fundraising, Meet the Programmers, and practical advice […]