Our Outreach programme has achieved the following:
- We set up a Saturday Morning Art Club in November 2011, open to all ages and encouraging families to enjoy quality time with their children. Our projects have included
- The “Tree in the Sea” model that encouraged an investigation of the deep sea and mythology. This resulted in a large scale sculpture produced from all ages from 3 upwards.
- Mask making – we commissioned a mask maker to do two workshops in half term and produced Greek Olympiad masks to wear at Haltwhistle Carnival 2012 and then made a model of 'Cerbrus' that the children pulled through the streets. We won 2nd and 3rd place in two categories.
- The Cave – we made a cave out of recycled materials and the children did modern day cave paintings. We often found children sitting inside it giggling!
- We held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Jubilee Weekend and everyone made a hat out of recycled materials. We had a BBQ and ate crazy coloured foods!
- We have done a number of murals including one of Mars with little green men running to an ice cream van! At Scarth’s Yard we are doing a jungle scene on the wall that can be seen from the road.
- We made a Vincent Van Gogh scarecrow that sat next to his canvas of the Sunflowers at the Hadrian Business Park … however, someone kept stealing his hat!
- We have done a number of clay modelling workshops producing an array of fascinating objects and particularly designs for a gargoyle at our new yard.
- We participated in Greenhead Church crib exhibition and produced a wonderful scene with clay models and a 'pyramid'.
- We built a Walk in Universe in response to our Dark Skies project funded by Northumberland National Park.
- We created an exhibition about walking to be included in the 10th Anniversry Exhibition of the Haltwhistle Walking Fetstival.
- We ran the free Art Tent at Haltwhistle Carnival 2012 and will also run the 2013 one.
- We ran three Jubilee Workshops in May with the Haltwhistle Library producing a large mural of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party featuring members of the Royal Family. We also produced a large scale collage and a tile painting on the theme of the Jubillee
- We work closely with Haltwhistle Youth Club and have already done a spray painting morning ready to work on our Yard Project that is designed to get the whole community involved in brightening up the run down Scarths Yard. In April 2013 they spent a day in our yard building dens.
- We succeeded in a grant application to the Sherburn House Trust for £3,000 to run an after school club for ages 8-14 and we received an additional £500 from Northumberland County Council Community Chest.
- In our gallery and shop we now support 65 artists, crafts and small businesses. We participated in Late Night shopping and had over 300 people visit us just on one evening. We also had a stall at Coanwood School during the year and then we participated in the Xmas fair at the Quakers Hall in Coanwood. We have a large stand at Greenhead Xmas Market on the 9th Dec and have helped to promote and set up the new arts and craft section.
- We worked with four 12 years olds on a Keyfund Project and they successfully bid for £250 to run an Saturday Afternoon Club. This is now open to anyone from 8+.
- In march 2013, we opened a new 5,500 sq ft exhibition and workshop space - the SHED - following a grant from Northumberland County Council to refurbish the old building. Our first show was a group of young graduates from Northumbria University.
- We succeeded in an application to Dulux Paints to participate in their “Let’s Colour” project and we received £1,500 worth of bright coloured paint which we used in our Yard project. We are hoping to match fund this to raise money to landscape the yard into a sculpture park. This space will be vital for the young people’s projects that we will run and we already have a flowerbed made from recycled materials and a volcano in the yard! It’s becoming quite a tourist attraction. We also have been pledged old tyres to use for our rock garden and we are turning old wellies into planters!