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Autumn 2021

A centre of creativity

Greenfield Arts Autumn 2021 2021 has brought about many changes. Our autumn programme looks forward and plays with new ways of seeing and being, exploring light and darkness through our exhibitions, projects and activities. Our Cree men’s group have been busy making a new look for our arts centre facility, creating a garden area to welcome you. We are also excited to launch ‘Our Place’, our annual open art exhibition later in the year.


We are looking forward to sharing the full season with you and ‘Making that Change’ with inspiration from The Big Draw, by supporting innovation and imagination, shining a light that will nurture a love of drawing and creativity.


Highlights of the season With or Without

An exhibition by artist and photographer Elaine Vizor An exciting collection of work exploring photography both with or without a camera. Thursday 16 September – Wednesday 27 October 2021

The Big Draw 2021

Activities and project Help us ‘Make the Change’ and discover the love of drawing - includes a creative programme of activity. Launches October 2021


An exhibition by Creative Forum A collective exhibition by artists who form part of the Creative Forum, a group which meets weekly at Greenfield Arts. Wednesday 4 November – Wednesday 15 December 2021

Book your place! Get in touch to book your place or find out more about any of our events and activities. 4 01325 379048

With or Without An exhibition by Elaine Vizor Thursday 16 September – Wednesday 27 October 2021 Preview Wednesday 15 September 18:00-20:00

An exhibition based on innovative and experimental techniques ‘With or Without’ a camera. The word photography is made from two Greek works, photo (light) and graphy (write). Translated literally, photography means writing with light and precedes the use of a camera. This body of work demonstrates different ways of capturing light, with and without a camera and is in two contrasting parts.

Night Light Photography Join Elaine for an evening walk and the chance to capture light in darkness. Elaine will have a short chat about her exhibition, followed by a socially distanced walk and a discussion about the ways to capture your images and work with the lights of the night.

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The Big Draw Activity and project Join us and be part of this National Festival

We are excited to be part of The Big Draw, the National Campaign to celebrate and promote visual expression. We are finding ways to contribute creatively to ’Making that Change’ This year we are working alongside young people exploring the environment around them and finding ways to be kind to our planet through creativity.

Half Term Free Holiday Workshop Join artist Dawn Belshaw for a fun workshop and be part of The Big Draw. Have fun in these hands on sessions, explore nature and your environment by making something amazing to take home. Thursday 28 October (Newton Aycliffe) Friday 29 October (Shildon Civic Hall) 10:30 - 12:00

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Emerging An exhibition by Creative Forum Thursday 4 November – Wednesday 15 December 2021 Preview Wednesday 3 November 18:00 - 20:00

A collective exhibition by artists who form part of the Creative Forum, a group which meets weekly at Greenfield Arts. The exhibition showcases their creativity during lockdown isolation and beyond, as they emerge once more a creative group who relish working alongside each other and learning from fellow creatives. The exhibition showcases the varied work of the group and includes many beautiful pieces including batik, monoprint, collage

Freeform Drawing

Join artist Sharron Bates and enjoy a relaxing session finding out more about freeform drawing - a way to use drawing to work through feelings and create images. Come along to this relaxing session and transform your creations into a beautiful work of art. See page 12 for full details

and textile art. 7

Creative Collaborators A project ... Working alongside students at Greenfield Community College artist Dawn Belshaw will be exploring science and nature through creativity and providing a stimulus to inspire the whole school.

We are excited to work alongside young people and find creative ways to learn more about science and discuss how topics such as the environment, recycling, nature and pollution can impact upon the world around us.


Creative Explorers

Autumn Art Project

Winter Holiday Activity

A free weekly session suitable for young people who would like to be curious, explore change and develop creativity.

Wreath making

Suitable for age 7+ the sessions will run for four weeks and are a fun way to learn new skills in arts and crafts and more about our environment.

decorations from materials found at home.

Starts Thursday 23 September 16:00 - 17:30 Cost Free

Free family festive craft opportunity. Join us for our seasonal activity and make This season we are recycling materials in a fun session where you can make a beautiful wreath to take away and decorate your home. Thursday 23 December 10:30 - 12:00 Greenfield Arts Friday 24 December 10:30 - 12:00 Shildon Civic Hall

Greenfield Arts supports Greenfield Community College Students are exploring creative ways to share learning and inspire confident self-led learning in others through a series of activities and projects with Greenfield Arts. Working with Greenfield Arts, students will work with artists including Richard Bliss, Dawn Belshaw, Paul

Theo Murray and Leigh Johnson. 9

Express yourself… Spanish Intermediate


Tuesdays 17:45 - 19:15

Wednesdays 19:00- 20:15

Broaden your cultural horizons and

An eight week course developing

develop your existing language skills. An eight week course to improve your

flexibility, connecting body and mind to make positive change and improve your

Spanish and explore Spanish culture.

wellbeing. £40


Starts Wednesday 29 September 2021

Spanish Beginners Tuesdays 19:30 - 20:45 Learn more about the culture of Spain and how to express yourself in Spanish. Make a change and learn something new, an eight week course for beginners with

little or no experience. £40

Spanish courses start on Tuesday 28 September (1 week break for half-term)

Young Yoga Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00 A four-week course for young people age 7+ to learn all about different relaxing techniques, build confidence and have lots of fun. Starts Wednesday 29 September 2021

Creative Forum Fridays 10:15 Creative Forum are a self-led community artist group, working together to support and develop arts practice supported by artist Sharron Bates. Contact Sharron:

South Durham School of Dance A range of dance and fitness classes are available, for young people and adults. Please contact Caroline Race for further details and to confirm venue on 07949 911642. 10

Synergy Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:00 A relaxing community activity to make a difference through dance, music and creativity, The dance session is accompanied by live music, includes relaxing techniques and work with photography, songs, poetry and drumming. Contact Tracey West:

Music If you have an interest in music and would like to learn more about singing and guitar, please contact John for further details on 01325 314694.

Men’s Cree

Floral Art Floral Art are a self-led group who

Our Men’s Cree group meet on a regular

meet regularly to get creative with

basis and communicate their ideas

botanicals. The group create amazing

about a sense of self and place through

arrangements and share and explore

creative arts activity. Connect with

new techniques in a relaxing

others and make a difference. Get in

environment. Please contact Sue

touch to find out more.



Connect to your creativity…

Night Light Photography


Thursday 4 November 2021

Thursday 30 September

19:00 - 20:30

10:30 - 14:30

Join artist Elaine for an evening walk and the chance to capture light in darkness. The event includes a short talk about her exhibition, followed by a walk and discussion about the ways to capture some amazing images. (Please wear warm suitable clothing) Cost £5

Join artist and photographer Elaine

Free Form Drawing Tuesday 30 November 18:15- 20:45 Join artist Sharron Bates and enjoy a relaxing session finding out more about free form drawing - a way to use drawing to work through feelings and create

amazing images. Cost £20 12

Vizor for a relaxed workshop. Explore the skill of cyanotype and learn how light created the first form of photography. Cost £15

Projects Cree Project

Finders, Seekers

Our Men’s Cree group have been busy

Students at Greenfield Community College have been working alongside artist Paul Theo Murray using nature as a metaphor as they explore their thoughts and feelings and learn new creative skills.

working alongside practitioner Ian Rigby creating a garden feature for our entrance at Greenfield Arts. This exciting challenge provides a lovely welcome for visitors to the site. The group are looking forward to collaborating with Locomotion in Shildon to produce artwork which will be displayed at the museum. An exciting project that benefits the community and their own well-being and is supported by County Durham Public Health.

Get in touch to book your place or find out more about any of our events and activities.

During the autumn term the whole school will have the opportunity to be inspired by their work with activity shared through their Time4Success lesson. A project supported by County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council Arts Team. 01325 379048 13

Coming soon... ‘Layered Lines: from Hand to Digital Form’ by Joey Atkinson ‘Our Place’ Open Art Exhibition

Youth Voice Project

Hire us Our spaces...

We have some wonderful spaces to hire with bespoke facilities for artists, community groups and organisations to enjoy in a friendly and safe environment. Contact our friendly team or check out our website for further details.


We are Greenfield Arts Greenfield Arts promotes and stimulates

creativity, questioning and enquiry to encourage our community to explore a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. To achieve this, we collaborate to produce and commission high quality, dynamic and

stimulating arts and creative activity across a range of art forms. We inspire creative opportunities through the work we create and the environment we provide. We have an open and responsive approach, to engage participants and develop audiences.

Greenfield Arts has an arts centre facility based in Newton Aycliffe which is also the home to our Greenfield Arts team. It is a registered charity and has a strategic alliance with Greenfield Community College.


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