Flourish (2021-2022)

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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 […]

North Yorkshire Together

Supporting you to stay happy and healthy North Yorkshire Together is a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth that delivers projects and initiatives across 3,500 square miles to support North Yorkshire’s residents to stay happy and healthy. By combining decades of experience and a wide-range of skills, the partnership can support individuals, community […]

MakerChange (2021)

MakerChange was an innovative six month project, funded by EN:Able Communities, to support unemployed people to pursue their creative goals. Weekly MakerChange sessions provided participants with access to inspirational tutors and mentors, and the resources to develop new skills, confidence and talent. This gave them a strong basis from which to progress into employment, self-employment or further […]

Sowerby Arts (2015)

Sowerby Gateway is a new mixed development built near Thirsk. It includes; housing, a new school, a neighborhood center, leisure, retail and commercial premises. Chrysalis Arts are working with Mulberry Homes to deliver a public art programme. The art project had the support of Hambleton District Council and Arts Council England. As part of the […]

Magna Carta (2015)

The project ran for three months from mid April 2015 until the end of June 2015  culminating in events leading up to the Magna Carta Anniversary Celebration at Thirsk Racecourse on Saturday 13th June 2015. The project was fundamental to all aspects of our outreach work in the summer term and engaged a wide variety […]

Innovation (2015-2016)

The Innovation project addressed reducing loneliness and Social Isolation within the older generation living in North Yorkshire. The project delivered 36 creative and technical workshops, exhibitions and performances specifically designed for elderly people. These were designed to stimulate social integration between the participants and the local community and help reduce levels of loneliness and the […]

NYCC Community Learning (2015-2016)

Our Community Learning project that was funded by NYCC has enabled us to deliver a 12-hour creative learning programme across North Yorkshire called “A Taste of Arts”. We have provided learners access to professional artist engagement in enjoyable, relaxing and therapeutic environments, which have inspired the participants to explore new creative mediums. The project has […]

Stitched Together (2016-2017)

Stitched Together was a two-year textiles project funded by Arts Council England, North Yorkshire County Council’s – Stronger Communities and Community Covenant. We worked in partnership with the Army Welfare Service supporting four local military groups at Catterick Garrison, Dishforth and Topcliffe. The project employed two textile artists to work with the groups, the lead […]

Innovation (2017)

Our pilot project worked in partnership with Age UK and research staff from Leeds Beckett University. The project aimed to collect and analyse evidence of the impact that participatory arts activities had on the well being of a group of older adults who attended a weekly session at Kirk House day care centre in Northallerton. […]

Residents’ Voice (2017)

North Yorkshire County Council commissioned Rural Arts to provide a programme of arts and activities for the 18 extra care housing schemes across North Yorkshire between January and July 2017. The project aimed to improve emotional wellbeing and combat isolation and loneliness through arts activities that promote socialising and self-expression.