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Spring 2020

A centre of creativity


Greenfield Arts is 20 this year! We want to celebrate with the community that we love, the places, the people, the artists and creative community we are connected with. Connected: A state of being or feeling related to someone or something Our vision is to promote and stimulate creativity, questioning and enquiry to encourage and engage our community to explore a greater understanding of themselves and the world around us.


Highlights of the season Stories from the Hive An exhibition by artist Julie Cockburn Exploring the idea of the hive and our interconnections. Thursday 9 January – Wednesday 12 February 2020

Open Art 2020 Exhibition and activities An exhibition and programme of workshops inspired by ‘connecting communities’. Thursday 27 February – Wednesday 29 April 2020

Shildon in Motion Project and exhibition A project exploring the heritage and innovation of the Shildon area and its people. Final artwork revealed at Shildon Station in spring 2020.

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Stories from the Hive An exhibition by Julie Cockburn Thursday 9 January – Wednesday 12 February 2020 Preview Wednesday 8 January 18:00 – 20:00

An exhibition exploring the connections and interconnections we all have. Julie chooses materials which reflect elements

of her childhood, combined with her flawed and imperfect memories, which results in her creations of uneasy beauty. Stories from the Hive brings together a collection of artworks created by Julie, inspiring us to consider the memories and connections in our lives.

Workshops Join artist Julie Cockburn, be inspired by her exhibition and learn new creative skills in drawing and textiles. An introduction to Rag rug making: Use recycled materials to create new artwork. £15 Thursday 23 January 18:00 – 20:00 An introduction to 3D Rigid Ink drawing - £15 Thursday 30 January 18:00 – 20:00 5

Open Art 2020: Connecting Communities Exhibition and activities Thursday 27 February – Wednesday 29 April 2020 Preview: Wednesday 26 February 18:00 – 20:00

Greenfield Arts are delighted to host their annual Open Art Exhibition. This year,

Call out for artists

during our 20th birthday, we are

celebrating how we connect with each other.

Our call for artists is open until Friday 17 January 2020. For information, to enter or to get

This exhibition includes a programme of workshop activity. Check our website for more information. 6

involved, contact us.

Shildon in Motion Project and exhibition Final artwork created spring 2020 at Shildon Railway Station

Shildon in Motion is a celebration of Shildon’s rich and significant heritage as the world’s first railway town. This

Artist Nic Golightly and Creative Director Katy Milne will be working with the Shildon community to develop a new

collaboration examines the innovative and extraordinary aspects of Shildon’s past and celebrates the ongoing creativity and ingenuity of Shildon’s people and its future.

artistic gateway at Shildon station – unveiled spring 2020. Funded by Northern Heartlands and Bishop Community Rail Partnership.


Young people and families

Exploring connections, developing creativity and Artwork for our foyer. Starts Monday 13 January 2020 from 15:45-16:45. Free term time sessions for 10 weeks.


February Half Term

Easter Holiday

Mad Alice Theatre Company

Connecting with Art

Mad Alice present Rose and Robin, an uplifting live performance that tells the story of a lifelong relationship and a celebration of young and old.

Tuesday 18 February 10:30 Runs for 50 mins + post show workshop using drama and storytelling Suitable for ages 7 – 12 £2 per child in advance / £3 on the door

Free family crafty fun with artist Dawn Belshaw creating work inspired by our Open Art exhibition. Tuesday 14 April 10:30 – 12:30 Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4LF Friday 17 April 10:30 – 12:30 Foundations Building, Shildon, DL4 1DX

Greenfield Arts supports Greenfield Community College Students are exploring social action campaigns connecting with our local community. A season of creativity and arts is programmed.


Express yourself… Spanish Intermediate Tuesdays 18:00 – 19:30 Broaden your cultural horizons, make global connections by improving a language. A ten-week course developing speaking and listening skills. £45

Spanish Beginners Tuesdays 19:30 – 21:00 Learn more about the culture of Spain and how to express yourself in

Spanish. A ten-week course for beginners with little or no Spanish experience. £45 Spanish courses start Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Yoga Wednesdays 18:00 – 19:15 A ten-week course developing flexibility, connecting body and mind to improve positive wellbeing. £45 Starts Wednesday 15 January 2020

Creative Forum Fridays from 10:30 A self-led community artist group, working together to support and develop arts practice supported by artist Sharron Bates. Contact Sharron at

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 on 07949 911642.


Music with John Melvin 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 Our Men’s Cree group meet Mondays 10:30 – 12:30 and communicate their

ideas about a sense of self and place through creative arts activity. Connect with others and make a difference in this positive session.

Floral Art Floral Art are a self-led group who meet fortnightly to get creative with botanicals. Please contact Sue Mitchell for further details at

Trip to Bowes Museum Wednesday 29th January 13:00 – 16:00

Join artist Richard Bliss for a guided tour of Bowes and ‘Untitled 10’ exhibition. Book for Wednesday 15 January to secure a place. £5, includes transport and entry.

Places are limited. Supported by Durham County Councillors from Newton Aycliffe


Connect to your creativity…

Acrylics and Oils

Print making

17, 24 February & 2, 9 March 18:00 – 20:00

Thursday 26 March 10:30 – 16:30 Learn print making techniques and

Learn more about painting and how to

create your own print in this one-day

get the best from each medium, with

session with artists Alan and Helen

artist Jilly Johnston. £35

Holcroft. All materials supplied, contact: ##Price

Birdscarers Thursday 12 March 18:30 Live spoken word performance accompanied with live guitar that explores the heritage of our area with Michael and Gary Chaplin. £5 per ticket (2 x 45 minutes sets)

Book-making Tuesday 17 & 24 March 18:00 – 20:00 With artist Sharon Simpson. Inspired by our exhibition, create your own collaged or painted foldable books. £30 12

Illustration Thursday 23 April 10:30 – 14:30 With illustrator and artist Graham Stead. Make the connection between image and words and create your own artwork. £25

Projects Opera North Greenfield Arts are delighted to develop work in partnership with Opera North. Young people from Greenfield Community College will work with this creative team to explore untold stories about our area. The group will develop this work through creative activity, discussion, developing voice, song writing and singing. The final piece will be shared at the Northern Heartlands/Opera North event in May 2020.

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Ordinary to Extraordinary – World Book Day Join Creative Director, Katy Milne, be inspired by words and connect to your extraordinary self! KS2 workshops in writing and drawing are available as part of our primary offer. Thursday 5 March 2020 10:30 – 11:30 13:30 – 14:30 Free 01325 379048


Coming soon Birthday celebrations Greenfield Arts is 20 in June 2020!

Free summer holiday programme Greenfield Arts curates‌

Hire us Making community connections

We have some wonderful spaces to hire with bespoke facilities for artists, community groups and organisations to enjoy. 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 understand 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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Greenfield Arts Spring 2020  

Greenfield Arts brochure for spring 2020 sharing events, projects, courses and activities

Greenfield Arts Spring 2020  

Greenfield Arts brochure for spring 2020 sharing events, projects, courses and activities