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Summer (albeit a wet one) is in full swing, which means one thing for the Whistle Art Stop. Young people everywhere!

This year's project is "Halty Hobbit Hole".

The SHED is being converted into tunnels and caves using recycled objects. Young people aged 7-18 are currently learning to design and construct spaces and objects based on Tolkien’s 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'.

There will be a grand opening and fundraising event at the end of the month on Saturday 29th August 10 - 2pm to which everyone is most welcome. There will be refreshments and activities as well as a tabletop sale in the yard (weather permitting).

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in our grant applications to fund our Arts Award work for the next year. We are also very grateful to Northumberland County Council for the match funding that we received from them allowing us to take this important work forward to include training to Graduate Artists to deliver Arts Award workshops. This funding will allow us to offer workshops in the local schools and to award at least 50 young people certificates over the next 12 months.

Drop in and have a chat with Alison or telephone 01434 320800 for more information.

With special thanks to 'I’Anson Family Fund' and 'Christ's Hospital in Sherburn' for their generous support of this work.

Everyone should have the opportunity to 'get creative' and we run a number of sessions to help those with difficulties who need some extra help.

Thursday morning drop in session start at 10am and run until 2pm. We encourage adults of all abilities to come along and express themselves through the visual arts in a nurturing environment. We provide facilities for painting, clay modelling and printing with professional help on hand for those who need it. Carers are welcome.



Our graduate programme continues with a selected group show of 2015 graduates from North East Universities. The exhibition is curated by James Routledge and will open on the 11th September. More news to follow.

'On Site' artists Jo Hislop, Fintan Dawson and Peter Hanmer have been working together through a residency in Haltwhistle and will be exhibiting together in October.

In October, we also look forward to a return visit by Clare Money who did a short residency here last year. This year, she hopes to develop on the previous work and looks forward to meeting the local community and the Arts Award students again.

Thanks to everyone who has helped this year to keep the yard tidy and the relentless job of weeding - without our volunteers we could not do it all! Despite the weather, we have managed a decent crop of peas, beans, tomatoes, courgettes, rocket and lettuce - so well done to all especially the Klarty Klub.

The job is not over. We need to continually work on the land to clear it. If you have a few hours to spare each week and enjoy gardening and being part of a fun project, why not come along and see what needs to be done.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10 - 4pm.

Twhistle CIC t/a Whistle Art Stop a community interest company registered in England no. 07769196 (click here for directions)

Westgate, Haltwhistle NE49 0AX t: 01434 320800 m:07935 596141 e:

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