Welcome to Whistle Art Stop




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The programme of events, workshops and exhibitions is delivered by a team of local artists. We are based at Scarth's Yard, Westgate. Haltwhistle NE49 0AX (opposite Barclays Bank) where we run workshops and provide space for artists to work from. The project is co-ordinated by Alison A Raimes and supported by a Board of Trustees drawn from the local community, a Steering Group (formed by local artists) and an Advisory Board (formed by experienced community arts practioners).

Board of Trustees

  • Alison A Raimes: Project Co-ordinator and a practicing artist , Alison has recently returned to Northumberland where she went to high school during the 1970s. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University. Alison has supported her art through working as an administrative and finance officer for several non-profit making organisations including Cancer Research UK, Afghan Action, Employment Focus, The Building Exploratory, Architecture Centre Network and currently works for Northern Architecture. She was an active member of Bow Arts Trust, London where she practiced art for over 12 years and now has a studio at the Whistle Art Stop. Alison is passionate about the impact of socially engaged and community involvement in art and was a key speaker at the Regeneration and the Premises Crisis in East London which sought to highlight the increasing problem of sustainable workspace for artists.
    Alison has a recently updated DBS check.
    More about Alison here.
  • Andrew Crane: Trustee and practicing artist. Andrew has a background in graphic design but paints using materials such as cement. He moved to Northumberland in 2008 and has a studio at his home in Haydon Bridge He exhibits widely both nationally and internationally.
    More about Andrew here
  • Wendy Bond: is a well known local green/sustainability activist who is very proactive in the local West Tyne communities and is a member of several steering groups including Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group. Wendy runs the Greenhead Farmer's Market once a month.
  • Rob Halliburton: Trustee and artist living in Haltwhistle. Rob recently retured from the Northumberland Police Force and he and his wife, Jan, runs CalCara Crafts, promoting the region using limited edition digital art, and a range of high quality, handmade crafts. Rob is also a progressive and experimental photographer embracing new and old technology in synergy.

    We are actively seeking new Trustees to help us drive this project forward. We are looking for the following skills to enhance our current Board structure:  Marketing, Legal, Human Resources, Business Development, and people with experience in generating funds and connecting with people. If you are interested please do contact us

Advisory Board

  • Bridget Sawyers, CEO of the Architecture Centre Network the national development and advocacy organisation for 20+ independent architecture centres in UK; working together to help people make better places.
  • Nicole Crockett, CEO of The Building Exploratory based in Hackney, East London, the Building Exploratory helps people discover the secrets of their local area and gain a better understanding of the buildings and spaces that surround them.
  • Peter Luxton, Director Luxton Cultural Associates an independent International Cultural Planning, Consultancy, and Production organisation based in the South East of England, UK with an office in Brighton.



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