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Art Social 2024

Date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Ends: Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Venue: The Courthouse

Art Social 2024 – Get in touch!

The Courtroom was once a civic space in Thirsk. Today we are opening up that space to welcome in socially engaged artists, to meet, discuss and create openly.  

Opportunity for early career Artists interested in socially engaged and civic art to research and develop their practice in a supportive environment. We support Artists through four different strands: 

  1. Economic: earn income while developing your practice.  
  2. Research and Development: develop your practice in collaboration with established communities.  
  3. Mentoring: access expertise to help with funding applications. 
  4. Partnership: collaborate on socially engaged projects with Rural Arts as a partner organisation.   


In socially engaged art the community’s participation in the project is the form the art takes. As Ben Valentine from Hyperallergic writes, socially engaged art, “places emphasis on process and commitment over a single end-product; collaboration over the artist as the sole maker”.  

For more information on this opportunity contact our Senior Creative Producer (Visual Arts), Julian Hartley at   

Your Visit

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Pop by and take it all in!

  • Our exhibitions are free and unticketed, so you can come along any time between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday
  • We welcome you to browse our artisan shop or relax in our award-winning café, both of which will be open during your visit
  • There is no parking at The Courthouse except for Blue Badge holders who must let us know they will be needing the space

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