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Art In Rural Richmondshire Was Under The Spotlight This Week When More Than 30 Artists Gathered In Skeeby
Thursday - November 12, 2015
The networking event also marked the successful first year of a new funding programme – Arts for Change

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.  
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