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February 2017 Newsletter

This Friday, 24th February, Fine Studios will be opening their doors to the public for the first time.

Do come along if you can and see this amazing new space, converted from a factory warehouse and the old milking parlour. Chat with resident artists Alison Raimes and Fiona Carvell about their plans for running workshops from their new studios. In addition, the Whistle Art Stop will be moving their headquarters to Alison's studio in a few weeks time and exciting plans with their new partners at Fine Studios to deliver a wide variety of art workshops across Northumberland and Durham are in the making.

This year has started with the daunting task of reluctantly moving out of Scarth's Yard in Haltwhistle where we have been resident for just over four years. Unfortunately, this year we have been unsuccessful in most of our grant applications to support our ongoing work. However, we are still committed to delivering workshops to the community in Haltwhistle, so new plans are in the making. In addition to this, our direction has changed to cover more areas of Northumberland and now Durham and not to be based in one property. With this news, we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Fine Studio CIC at Kiln Pit Hill at their newly refurbished Studio and Gallery space.

Alison Raimes studio at Fine Studios

Paper People Project

Over the last 12 months, Alison has been travelling back and forth to the Refugee Camps in France delivering aid to Care4Calais, an organisation that distributes and supports refugees in their asylum process.

Alison made six trips into the Calais camp known as the Jungle where she delivered workshops to the refugees of all ages. The youngest of her students was 6 years old. While there, she forged new partnerships with several organisations including Refugee Youth Service and the School Bus Project

During visits, Alison worked on a project being run by Suzanne Partridge - the Paper People Project. This project is being developed with Alison as support artist towards an exhibition in 2018.

We are aiming to make 1,000 cut out paper people in the next year and the Whistle Art Stop has already participated in several workshops with their Saturday Art Club and Home Education Groups. This Friday at Fine Studios, there will be an open workshops for visitors to do their own cut out that will be included in the exhibition, so come along to the Open Day and join in.



Home Education Workshops

After a busy end to 2016 at Home Education workshops, we are pleased to announce that these workshops will recommence at Alison's new studio at Fine Studios at Kiln Pit Hill.

Alison will be running 3 hour workshops at a cost of £10 per student per workshop or 12 workshops for £100, with a variety of skills learning including painting, printing and sculpture and can offer Arts Award vocational training in Bronze and Silver levels.

In addition, students can also participate in IT training including courses in Photoshop, Film Making and Website design. These courses will follow the art workshops - 2 hour sessions at £8 per session.

We welcome past students from West Northumberland who can travel as far as Kiln Pit Hill and look forward to greeting new participants from East Northumberland.

Booking is essential as places are limited, so please do contact Alison on 07935 596141 or email to discuss further.


art clubs


Computer Digital Arts Club

Open to 8+

Continues in Haltwhistle until further notice

Workshops in Photoshop and Minecraft design

Saturday 12 - 3pm

£5 per person

Please note that these courses go towards students Arts Award portfolios


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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