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LGBTQIA+ Short Film Season

Rural Arts are pleased to invite filmmakers from the LGBTQIA+ community to submit short films to our Short Film Season. The season is dedicated to amplifying stories, experiences, and perspectives of the community through the art of short filmmaking. The themes of the films should either reflect and shed light on the struggles for rights […]

Heart and Craft

Heart & Craft provides fortnightly art activities for the over 70s in eight communities across North Yorkshire, and is funded by Henry Smith Charity and The National Lottery Community Fund. 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, […]


ArtBeat is a year-long programme of creative wellbeing workshops in care settings and in the homes of housebound individuals. We are providing an outreach creative programme across 7 Districts across North Yorkshire. We are running monthly art workshops in 10 Care Homes and every month we visit 5 individuals per district in their own homes. […]

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 (2022)

Restore was a project funded by Community Foundation North East, providing creative workshops to vulnerable and isolated people between March and December 2022. We had two types of workshops: those for people with mental health challenges and those for people living with dementia. For this project, we 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 […]