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Rural Arts North Yorkshire

Rural Arts is a participatory arts organisation based in Thirsk. The organisation works across North Yorkshire to bring arts experiences to isolated communities, young people and marginalised groups. It programmes performances and exhibitions at its base, The Old Courthouse, and operates the On Tour rural touring programme. Our investment supports its regional networking and strategic role in rural areas.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £75,000
  • 2013-2014: £76,800
  • 2014-2015: £78,797

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Hangman - A Rural Arts Mini-movie

A spooky mini-movie about the history of hanging in the North Yorkshire area, made by Rural Arts and community participants in a project generously funded by Heritage Lottery.

The Classroom - Rural Arts mini-movie, kindly funded by Heritage Lottery

A short movie about evacuees in Rural North Yorkshire, made by Rural Arts and community participants as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project.

Rural Arts Heritage Lottery funded mini-movie: Busby Stoop

A movie about Busby Stoop created by Rural Arts and community participants, kindly funded by Heritage Lottery

CreateTour with Barbershopera

This is our documentary of the Rural Arts' CreateTour project led by Barbershopera in Tadcaster in the summer of 2013. It follows the development of a short piece of comedy-music-theatre which was performed as a curtain-raiser to the Barbershopera's Three Musketeers performance. The company toured and performed the length and breadth of North Yorkshire, to venues in Stillington, Wass, Airton and Danby. All footage was shot by young filmers on the project under the guidance of film-maker Chris Spence. August 2013

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Selby Create:Tour with Barbershopera

Comedy acapella singers Barbershopera are coming to the Selby District this Spring as part of Create:Tour, an exciting new project for young people run by Rural Arts. Create:Tour gives 11-16 year olds from rural areas in North Yorkshire the opportunity to rehearse, perform and tour an original show under the guidance of a professional company. They then join the company on tour, performing their original show at several venues as a curtain-raiser. Young performers from the Selby District will work closely with Edinburgh Fringe favourites Barbershopera, learning how to sing in harmony, devise scenes, and make their audience laugh. The Create:Tour project is also open to young people interested in film-making and the digital arts, as professional film-maker Chris Spence will document the young performers' progress with a team of young film-makers. The film-makers will learn how to shoot and edit footage using professional equipment and software, with the final edit of their film being showcased on each tour date. The project fully is funded by Arts Council England, so it's completely free for young people to take part. No previous experience is necessary, participants just need enthusiasm and imagination. Your people are encouraged to sign up by contacting Rural Arts on 01845 526536 or by emailing chloe@ruralarts.org.

Create:Tour in The Wolds, 2013

As part of the first ever Create:Tour project, a group of enthusiastic young people from The Wolds area in North Yorkshire worked with Kepow Theatre Company to devise a new piece of drama, before taking their show out on tour with Kepow. Alongside the performers, a group of young film-makers worked with professional film-maker Chris Spence to document the process, and produced this fantastic film. Create:Tour is run by Rural Arts in partnership with North Yorkshire Youth Support Service, alongside the ongoing Rural Arts ON Tour programme. See www.ruralarts.org for new projects and current touring performances.

The Lonely Alien

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

Fish

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

Snowy

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

The Mermaid's Dream

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

The Gloomy Alien Land

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

The Adventure of the desert island

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

Confused Ville

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

Cat and mouse the movie

Stop motion animation created during our young people's Art Club sessions this autumn. Created using iStop Motion and iMovie in our digital media studio at The Old Courthouse, Thirsk.

Whiteboard in Love.

Whiteboard animation created by Angela Hall.

Hank and Brad at Carlin How Jubilee Hall, 6th April 2012

Hank Wangford and Brad Breath perform to a fantastically receptive audience in Carlin How. This performance was made possible through The Shed ON Tour project, a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire and The Shed at Malton. See www.ruralarts.org for more info or www.theshed.co.uk. To join our ON Tour rural touring scheme contact jo@ruralarts.org . This performance was supported through the North York Moors, Coast and Hills Leader programme.

ON Tour in Welburn Village Hall

ON Tour film made as part of Welburn Village Halls 'Oh la la' performance in Autumn 2010. The funding for this film was made available through the Rural Development Programme for England which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Yorkshire Forward in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Wass Village Hall

ON Tour film made with Wass village hall covering the history of the village hall, featuring ON Tour promoters Linda Hencher and Tony Lacey. The funding for this film was made available through the Rural Development Programme for England which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Yorkshire Forward in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

ON Tour in Weaverthorpe Village Hall

ON Tour film made as part of Weaverthorpe Village Halls 'Pocket Panto- Aladdin' performance in Autumn 2010. The funding for this film was made available through the Rural Development Programme for England which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Yorkshire Forward in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

ON Tour in Terrington Village Hall

A film made at a Rural Arts ON Tour performance of London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra at Terrington Village Hall on the 14th January 2011. The ON Tour scheme brings live professional theatre, dance, music and drama into the heart of rural communities. If you're interested as a village in having a show in your community contact Rural Arts: jo@ruralarts.org

The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra- Wass Village Hall

The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra performs at Wass village hall on the 25th of November 2010

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Contact details

www.ruralarts.org

The Old Courthouse, 4
Westgate
Thirsk
YO7 1QS

54.23085, -1.34255

  • 54.23085 -1.34255

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