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Artist : Fiona Mazza Mon 12th Oct (10am– 4pm) Cost:£50 plus £5 materials Carve and decorate a ceramic pumpkin before firing it in the kiln. Take home your own special pumpkin to light up with LED lights for Halloween.

Six week Introduction to Printmaking

Introduction to Bookbinding

Artist : Imogen Shaw Wed 2nd Dec (10am – 1pm or 2– 5pm) Cost: £25 incl materials Delve into a variety of bookbinding techniques and choose a style you like to design and create your own book!

Silver (PMC) Jewellery workshop

Zumba with Jo Gatenby


Festive Willow Wreath and Decorations


Artist : Jess Wilkinson Mon 16th Nov (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm) Cost: £30 +£5 Materials (book both for £50!) In the morning, learn how to make a willow wreath and decorate it with your choice of natural materials and ribbons. In the afternoon, make your own decorations for Christmas.

Porcelain Christmas Decorations

Artist : Fiona Mazza Mon 23rd Nov (10am–4pm) Cost:£50 Create your own festive ceramic decorations as a present for a special someone, or yourself!

Every Mon & Thurs, Thirsk Town Hall 6pm– 7pm £5 per session

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Glass Christmas Decorations

Artist : Jane Littlefield Wed 9th Dec (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm) Cost: £30 +£8 Materials (suitable for beginners) Come along to this glass fusing workshop and create beautiful, unique glass Christmas decorations, using a variety of glass fusing techniques.

Mon 26th – Fri 30th (10am–12pm) Cost £3 per person per session (ages 7+) Places limited-booking essential A family printmaking workshop where you can make a dry point engraving and print it on our professional etching press.

Mini Beast Glass Pebble Magnets & Brooches

Mon 26th Oct (1pm–3pm) Cost £3.00 per item Create a Halloween themed glass magnet or brooch.

Spooky CD Animals

Tues 27th Oct (1pm–3pm) Cost £1.00 per item Create scary, funky animals out of recycled CDs.

Art Club An exciting opportunity for children to explore a range of art techniques, from the traditional to the digital. Our sessions are artist led and are fun as well as challenging. Cost: £6.50 per session. Saturday Art Club (ages 5 –18) 12th Sept – 12th Dec (12 sessions) 10am–11.15am (ages 5–10) or 11.30am – 12.45pm (ages 11–18)

Thursday after school Art Club (ages 8–18) 10th Sept – 10th Dec (12 sessions) 4pm – 5.15pm

Children’s Birthday Parties

Put the ‘art’ back into ‘party with our range of creative birthday parties for both boys and girls. We can also provide a party tea! Suitable for ages 5 years and upwards. For more details email

Spooky Spider Treats

Wed 28th, Thurs 29th, Fri 30th Oct 1pm–3pm (Café drop in workshop) Cost £2.50 per item/cake Decorate cakes and biscuits then eat them!

Halloween Mask Making Workshop

Sat 31st Oct (drop in session10am–1pm) Cost £3.00 per person (Suitable for all ages) Create your own spooky mask for Halloween using our gargoyle images for inspiration.

Meringue Snowman

Mon 21st and Tues 22nd Dec (10am – 12noon) Drop in for a yummy Christmas workshop in our café and decorate your own meringue snowman (best enjoyed with a hot chocolate)!


Artist : Jane Burnley Fri 11th December (10am - 4pm) Cost: £65 +£20 Materials Learn how to make stunning silver jewellery (pendant/earrings or similar) using PMC, the amazing silver clay product. You will be able to make at least 2 or 3 pieces depending on size.

Big Draw- ‘Every drawing tells a story’


Artist : Andy Dalton Every Tuesday from 13th Oct –17th Nov (6.30pm – 8.30pm) Cost: £90 + £10 materials Beginning with the most direct method of printmaking, participants will explore three printmaking techniques- monoprint, drypoint and etching. No previous experience necessary, just bring your ideas and enthusiasm.

Artist : Kim Coley Sat 21st Nov (10am– 4pm) Cost: £50 A day of drawing – projects to build confidence and encourage you to develop your own way of looking and seeing. Quick drawings in the morning and a longer pose in the afternoon.

Spend October half-term at Rural Arts with our great selection of workshops which can be enjoyed by the whole family! Our café will be open with a fab children's menu and 'gooey' treats!


Carve and Decorate a Ceramic Pumpkin

Observational Drawing- The Human Form



Every Wednesday from the 16th Sept (10.30am –12noon) Cost £6.50 a session Rural Arts invites you to join us every Wednesday for our brand new ‘A Taste Of…' sessions. These classes are specially designed for adults of all creative abilities, each session will allow you to develop and explore a given technique to your own ability and style, and hopefully take something unique home at the end. Visit our website for the programme.

Artist : Angela Hall Wed 14th Oct (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm) Cost: £25 incl materials Explore a range of different approaches to drawing and discover hidden talents. Develop your own style and improve your confidence in your drawing.


‘A Taste Of… ’ Sessions

Observational Drawing & Painting



Fun and creative workshops for all abilities and experience

Friendly, informative sessions with our expert tutor Claire Ford iPad Troubleshooting

Saturday 19th Sept (1–4pm) One to one sessions tailored specifically to your needs Cost: £15 per 30-minute consultation session

iPad for Complete Beginners

Sat 3rd & 10th October (2pm – 4pm) Never used an iPad or want to try before you buy? Claire will walk you through the very first steps. iPads provided Cost: £25 for 2 sessions

iPad for Beginners

Sat 21th & 28th Nov (2pm – 4pm) For those who own an iPad and want to learn how to use it in greater detail- everything from emails to apps. Cost: £25 for 2 sessions

Christmas Decorations

Mon 21st and Tues 22nd Dec (1pm–3pm) Come along and create your own decorations to hang from your Christmas tree at home!

Treat a loved one to a gift voucher this Christmas, which can be exchanged in the shop, café, for workshops and performances.

Sat 28th and Sun 29th Nov (10am– 4pm) A showcase of contemporary art and craft produced by local makers and the perfect venue for Christmas shopping! Enjoy live music whilst you browse. Free entry Have you heard about our Friends Scheme? You can receive some fantastic perks, from a free coffee every month to a free full-day workshop! Email or call 01845 526536 for more info!


The Courthouse offers the perfect location for meetings, training and other public and private events and functions. We have several rooms available to hire from £15 an hour: The Courtroom – up to 60 people theatre style, or 40 boardroon. The Training Room – up to 30 people boardroom style, with Smartboard. Media Suite – 11 Apple Mac computers and Smartboard. Our café serves a wide range of hot and cold drinks, homemade soups, quiches, paninis and cakes. We can provide good quality, locally-sourced catering including a variety of hot and cold buffets for all occasions, and cater for special dietary requirements.

half term workshops

Christmas Arts Market

Our café and snug offer the perfect place for you to catch up with friends, or sit, relax, and enjoy some ‘me time’. With homemade cakes and lunches served daily, a large selection of teas and coffees on offer, and a children's menu with tasty and fun meals, you’ll all be spoilt for choice!

Planning your visit



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During the run up to a grand launch of National Theatre Live, The Courthouse will still be hosting a fantastic Autumn season of live music and theatre. Lindsay Hannon

Sat 7th Nov (7.30pm) Adults: £8 | U18s: £6 Rooted in the improvisational traditions of jazz, this engaging band moves from raucous barrelhouse blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads across a variety of grooves, creating an electric atmosphere. Sat 14th Nov (8:00pm, doors 7:30pm) Adults: £12 Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won Edwina Hayes a reputation as the true talent of gentle folk-Americana.

The Uketopians

The Courthouse, Thirsk September 2015 – January 2016 Courthouse Gallery, Shop & Café Arts Workshops, Live Music, Theatre For Families, Children & Young People printing sponsored by


Bringing the best of live theatre to The Courthouse, Thirsk!

Edwina Hayes

>> a short walk from Thirsk Market Place >> local parking >> disabled parking, access and toilet >> free WiFi >> games, books and activities for children >> children's menu >> baby changing facilities >> high chair >> accessible location for meetings, events and conferences



Sat 26th Sept–Sat 3rd Oct (closed Wed 30th September) The WI has been part of the fabric of the Thirsk area for over 80 years. Come in and explore handicrafts and archive material from your local WI.

The Courthouse Gallery features unique, handmade contemporary craft from designer makers based across Yorkshire and beyond. Our carefully chosen collection includes jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and prints by established artists as well as emerging talent. It’s the perfect place to find an unusual gift, add to a collection or simply enjoy some retail therapy in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.


An Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of the Women’s Institute



Friday 11th Sept– Mon 4th Jan Discover sculptural folding techniques in a variety of mediums including paper, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Featuring work by ceramicist, Jan Lord, and jeweller, Nettie Birch.



Folded Exhibition

to book: 01845 526536

Sat 5th Dec (7.30pm) Adults: £6 Join North Yorkshire based ukulele and vocal band as they perform their own arrangements of music from a wide range of genres. Expect the unexpected!

Aladdin, Pocket Panto (Thirsk Town Hall)

Sun 20th Dec (1pm) Adults £6 | U18s £4 Enjoy the 10th anniversary of Pocket Panto with music, magic, mayhem and laughter, all wrapped up in a happy ever after.

Courthouse Autumn 2015  
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