Explore a year of art at Catterick Garrison library

catterick libraryArtwork produced in workshops at Catterick Garrison library during the last 12 months, along with the works from all eight libraries that hosted workshops during a three-year project, go on show this week.

Local residents are invited to visit the library on 1 March, from 2pm to 4pm, to help to celebrate the Creative Residencies project. The project has seen a diverse series of art workshops take place at the library during the last 12 months. Refreshments supplied by the Veteran’s Artisan Bakery will be served.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information dervices, said: “As part of the three-year Creative Residencies programme, 24 artists will be based in eight libraries to work with local people on a range of projects to widen participation in art, raise the profile of libraries and engage children, families and older people to develop inter-generational projects that are fun and inspiring.”

In November 2013, North Yorkshire County Council’s library service won funding of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England to put artists into libraries to work with communities. Creative Residencies is the resulting partnership project between the County Council’s library service, NYMAZ youth music programme and the County Council’s youth services to deliver these arts workshops.



Official welcome for town’s tree sculpture


Councillor Dale is pictured seated right with sculptor Ben Rennison of Fieldhouse Logs

It’s the work of art that everyone’s talking about and now it’s been given the official seal of approval.

Vice chairman of Richmondshire District Council, councillor Angie Dale, checked out the
work of art created in Friary Gardens in Richmond.

The large tree was felled earlier this year for safety reasons – it was suffering from disease as well as being vandalised. But artists transformed the four by three metre stump in the centre of the town centre gardens funded by £1550 from the District Council.

Wildlife images have been carved into the wood.

“The finished piece reflects the history of the park and Richmond – including local nature and wildlife,” said councillor Dale. “The work will allow the tree to live on for many more years to come and act as a focal point in the park.”

* Have you seen the art work yet? What do you think?

‘Innovative and moving’ community art display



Hipswell Primary School pupils Ruby Dower, James McNab and Daisy Smith with (from left) creative writer Irene Lofthouse, artist Sue Dewhurst and adult workshop participants
Lenny Szrama and Jackie Walker.

The This Is Me art project involved children from Hipswell Primary School, residents of The Beacon centre for single ex-service men and women, and members of the wider garrison community.

They worked at Catterick Garrison library with creative writer Irene Lofthouse and artist Sue Dewhurst to explore identity through visual imagery and creative writing.

Those taking part researched, gathered information and shared personal stories through writing, icons or decorated matchboxes.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information services, said in a press release today: “The Creative Residences programme can only strengthen the library’s role as a hub within the community as it brings together people of different generations and backgrounds. The results of the This Is Me project were innovative and often moving.”

The workshops formed part of North Yorkshire County Council’s Creative Residencies programme, which brings artists into libraries to widen participation in art, raise the profile of the libraries and engage with children, families and older people to develop intergenerational projects that will be fun and inspiring.

The results of the This Is Me project have now been displayed at Catterick Garrison library. Four more artists will work at the library over the coming months, with the next sessions scheduled for July.

Artists celebrate at networking event

art event in skeeby
More than 30 artists gathered in Skeeby this week for a networking event and to mark the successful first year of a new funding programme – Arts for Change.

In a press release, Richmondshire District Council explained:

The programme, which can issue grants of between £500 and £2,000, is designed to support the use of arts or other cultural activity to enrich and change the lives of people in need. The fund is available to small voluntary and community groups and small charities in York and North Yorkshire that are using the arts to engage with communities and enrich the lives of those who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

The Skeeby delegates – which represented arts of all disciplines from storytelling to art therapy – heard from professional artist, blogger, therapist, illustrator and writer Beverley Haines and writer, storyteller, actress and historical interpreter Irene Lofthouse.

People working within the creative industries of Richmondshire discussed how they are adapting their businesses and plans for the future including representatives from The Old Mill Centre, Richmond Station, Jacalou Junction, veteran artist/poet Lenny Szrama, Art Tarts Gallery on tour, Caroline Hudson and Dawn Stockbridge.

The free Richmondshire District Council event took place at The Old Mill Centre, Skeeby also saw the artists create ATC (artists trading card) to swap at the end of the event – as part of an artists’ ‘buddy’ system to keep the momentum of the event going.