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‘Picture Perfect’ at Greenfield Arts **New**

 Holiday activities have again been a great success at Greenfield Arts this summer with our ever-popular fun courses for young people. The holiday season also brought something new for adults with a range of creative workshops led by talented artists. The sessions on offer have included exciting new activities such as glass fusing and one stroke painting and the return of our popular watercolour coffee morning led by artist Sarah Hill. Why not join Elaine Vizor for our final summer holiday session and improve your camera skills. Elaine will be leading a digital photography session on Wednesday 30th August from 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm to see how perspective can help you get ‘picture perfect’ results. The workshop is just £10 per person, come along to this fun and friendly session and don’t forget your camera.

As the holidays come to an end we are pleased to announce our new Autumn Community Learning Programme is now available for bookings! It is full to the brim with creative opportunities for those looking to stay entertained in the dreary winter months or develop their professional skills. Digital Photography is one of our many popular Specialist Arts Courses, also including painting and digital skills, all suitable for varying abilities. This term we also look forward to the arrival of Thursday Masterclasses, where Greenfield Arts will be host to a different specialist arts masterclass twice a month on a Thursday. Not forgetting the return of our regular adult courses, including: Spanish, Yoga, Floral Art and many more. 

You can now book all activities online through our website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk where you can also find more information our new Autumn Programme or call 01325 379048 to speak to our friendly team for further information.

Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition **New**

‘In and Around Town’ by Mike Connell Thursday 7th September – Wednesday 27th September 2017 

Photo/Filming Opportunity: Wednesday 6th September 2017, 6pm – 6:30pm Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe 

Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by Mike Connell on Wednesday 6th September 6pm to 8pm. The work on show depicts life in and around Newton Aycliffe. Mike describes his style as realistic but characterful and is based on his own observation and experience. Accompanying the exhibition is memorabilia and personal artefacts from Mike’s childhood growing up in Newton Aycliffe during the 50's and 60's, including items his parents received as some of the first families to move to the New Town. This exhibition highlights the importance of art as a form of expression for people of all walks of life, offering a creative space where visitors can experience personal accounts of Newton Aycliffe’s local history. Mike will also be in attendance at the preview event to discuss and provide insight into his work with artworks for sale throughout the exhibition. 

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.
New Autumn Courses at Greenfield Arts **New**

We are pleased to announce our new Autumn Community Learning Programme is now available and is full to the brim with creative opportunities for those looking to stay entertained in the dreary winter months or develop their professional skills. 

We look forward to the return of our regular adult courses, including: Spanish, Yoga and Floral Art as well as new art development opportunities, including Beginners and Advanced Painting and Photography courses. These courses will cover the basics and give you the chance to develop your own creative ideas under the guidance of professional artists. Our new Digital Skills course will also help those with a creative background, to take their work to the next level, with graphics and business development tuition, including a complimentary SHED membership to further develop skills and produce saleable material. 

Creative Forum has flourished over the Summer and so we are opening new opportunities in the form of additional classes on evenings as well as masterclasses in silk painting, lino-cut printing, glass fusing and more. We also look forward to the return of our after school activities for young people including: Young Yoga and Art Club. 

There is something for everyone of all ages and abilities, whether you are looking to get fit, improve wellbeing or develop your artistic talent, whatever level, we look forward to seeing you! For all courses and events please book your place on our online course booking system on our 'Courses and Activities' page. If you would like any further information please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. 

RTProjects AGM **New**

Hello! Its our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15th August at 6pm at our studio: The Open Art Surgery, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 2JJ. You are very welcome to join us to look back on and celebrate the last 12 months in the life of RTProjects and its many friends and supporters. 

Look forward to seeing you if you can make it! With best wishes Emma

Don't miss Kynren 2017 **New**

Our cast of almost 1,500 volunteers have been enjoying a well-deserved mid-season break following the launch of the 2017 season. Now we are all ready and raring to return to the stage from Friday 11th August to make sure that the final performances are more spectacular than ever!

Group exhibition by Colour your Life **New**

Thursday 3rd August – Wednesday 30th August 2017 Photo/Filming Opportunity: Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 6pm – 6:30pm Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe 

Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by members of the Colour your Life art group on Wednesday 2nd August 6pm to 8pm. The exhibition will showcase approximately 60 pieces of work produced by talented amateur artists, who all attend the Monday morning Colour your Life sessions at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe. Colour your Life is a social prescribing project funded by Durham County Council and provides access to activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience. 

Sonia Burn is a keen and talented artist and started as a volunteer, she is now employed by PCP to oversee the Monday member’s art group, she states that “There are so many talented people within our art group, this is a great opportunity to showcase their work and hopefully make them feel proud. Some pieces will be for sale and others will be temporarily borrowed from ‘pride of place’ in their homes. Colour your Life is not just about making art, it’s about making friendships and this exhibition shows the diversity of the artwork produced by the group.” 

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.

Alington House Community Association **New**

The Canny Craic Theatre Company Presents ‘The Alington Follies’ Thursday 7th September 2017 11am, 2pm, 7pm Free Entry 

The Canny Craic Theatre Company Ltd Is delighted to have been commissioned to provide a celebration in words, songs, and movement for the 80th Birthday of Alington House in the heart of Durham City. We have named our tribute The Alington Follies. 3 extremely talented actors (Trish Haws, Steve Stobbs and Victoria Holtom) will perform a script written by Val McGregor and Ken Reay as well as singing extracts of customised popular songs from the 8 decades that Alington House has been operating. We have called the hour long show the ‘Follies’ as it is essentially a cabaret style entertainment. However our brief is also to inform and remind the audience of the amazing history of the organisation and the strong characters involved over the years. It is a fascinating and heart warming story of charitable acts and commitment to the local community. Alington House Community Association are grateful of the support from the National Lottery Celebrate Fund who have enable us to make this possible. It was in 1937 when the house was named Alington House after Hester Alington. Little did she know that we would still be going to this day. Our thanks to all who have been involved in the work of this remarkable and unique organisation over the years, this show is a tribute to you. 

The show is one hour long and you can choose any one of the 3 performances at 11am, 2pm & 7pm in Ritson Hall, Tickets available from reception or telephone 01913864088, please come along and enjoy. Refreshments will be available.

Brass Goes Down a Storm at Greenfield **New**

Staff and students from Greenfield Community College were thrilled to see the return of talented bands from the infamous annual Durham Brass Festival. Students from both the Sunnydale Campus and the Aycliffe site were treated to a lively performance from two unique street bands. Sunnydale campus were hosts to the refreshing talent of Hannabiell who created a fusion of percussion, jazz, afro-beat, funk and reggae, bringing a whole new spin to the legacy of brass! Aycliffe students were not to be disappointed as they hosted Llaggerubb, making their debut at ‘Brass’ this year. Although ‘first timers’ they soon had the staff and students dancing in the aisles enjoying the mix of jazz and hip-hop with popular covers and original material. Greenfield Arts were once again delighted to be able to deliver the performance, Sophie Lewis, Arts and Community Centre Co-ordinator was thrilled with the response, “it was so rewarding to be able to once again see the students have great fun and enjoy such a unique cultural experience.” said Sophie 

If you would like to know a bit more about Greenfield Arts and the many activities on offer why not call our friendly team on 01325 379048 or check out our website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk

Celebration of Creative Achievement at Greenfield **New**

Greenfield Arts recently hosted a fantastic celebration event for the latest exhibition by the Greenfield Community College Young Interpreters, which was followed by the annual Arts Platform lead by students and staff of Greenfield Community College performing arts department. The night was a celebration of the talent and creativity amongst the students and is a great platform offering students the chance to show off their creative skills with pride. The Young Interpreters are a group of year 11 students who have come together to engage more young people in the arts, by developing a better understanding of what it is students would like from The Greenfield Gallery and the opportunities it offers, whilst also working towards a Bronze Arts Award. Through this process the students have had the chance to experience art, take part in workshops, work with professional artists as well as lead and inspire other young people in being creative. 

Based on the work developed through the Arts Award, the Young Interpreters have curated a variety of artworks from Greenfield Community College students to create the current exhibition, which is open from Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July. The exhibition includes the work of GCSE textiles students as well as expressive collage and textiles work by year 7, 8 and 9 students, as they felt all students should have a platform to display their work and a voice to express their feelings about it. The Young Interpreters hope this exhibition, and all that has preceded it, will inspire other students to take up art GCSE and continue to get involved and develop the programme, once they have left. Come along, let your voice be heard and even take part in the activity! 

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.
Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition **New**

‘Our Voice’ by Young Interpreters of Greenfield Community College Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July 2017 Photo/Filming Opportunity: Tuesday 18th July 2017, 5pm – 5:30pm Greenfield Gallery, Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by our Young Interpreters on Tuesday 18th July 5pm to 7pm. 

Greenfield Arts has been working with year 11 art students to better understand what it is students would like from the gallery and the opportunities it offers, whilst helping them achieve their Bronze Arts Award. Through this process the students have had the chance to experience art, take part in workshops, work with professional artists as well as lead and inspire other young people in being creative. Based on the work developed through the Arts Award and as part of a wider initiative to engage young people in the gallery, we have also hosted free interactive workshops enabling year 7 to 9 students a place to voice their opinion about how they would like to use the gallery space. This has informed a second school exhibition curated by our Young Interpreters of Greenfield Community College, as part of their final Arts Award submission, which is open from Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July. 

The Young Interpreters hope this exhibition, and all that has preceded it, will inspire other students to take up art GCSE and continue to get involved in the programme, once they have left. Come along, let your voice be heard and even join in the activity! 

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.

Holiday Activities at Greenfield Arts **New**

We are bursting at the seams with FREE activities for the WHOLE FAMILY this Summer holiday. Illustrator Sharron Bates will be in Shildon to help you create your own digital story with ‘Story Makers’. Develop online creatures who take on their own identity and personality by choosing from a wide variety of quality graphics and imaginative dialogue. Writer Andy Croft will be with us in Aycliffe to help those creative writers develop their very own story. We have our regular ‘Crazy Craft’ sessions in Shildon, where you can get crafty with Dawn Belshaw and create something fabulous with simple everyday objects. Artist Paul Belcher will be at our Aycliffe venue to help you turn your creative writing into a real book that you can keep adding to. 

We also welcome ‘Family Cooking’ to our Shildon venue. Jan Hodgson will be in attendance for the afternoon to help you make tasty dishes as a family to take home and enjoy. Finally, at our Aycliffe venue we need the assistance of our ‘Window Wizards’ to help us redesign our front entrance. Join us to create brilliant artwork, which will invite the local community to join us for fun and creativity! The brochure is now available for bookings with even more on offer! Activities are suitable for any age, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, booking is essential. 

For full details and to book your place please see the website: www.greenfield-arts.co.uk. For more information on other activities we offer please contact Greenfield Arts on 01325 379048, info@greenfield-arts.co.uk or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team.

Holiday Activities for Adults **New**

This Summer we launch our very first HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS! For the first time ever we are able to offer specialist holiday activities for adults as well young people. We know the holidays can be a long time to wait for new courses so we have developed a few to keep you occupied in the meantime. Activities include glass fusing, fitness, sewing, painting, photography and lots more. 

This will ensure you are not without laughter and creativity over the long holiday period while we finalise the launch of our Autumn term brochure. We hope you enjoy them! The holiday brochure, including activities for both adults and young people, is now available for bookings! Activities are suitable for any age, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, with adult activities providing all necessary materials. Advance booking is essential for all of our holiday activities as places for each session are limited.  For full details and to book your place please see the website: www.greenfield-arts.co.uk. 

For more information on other activities we offer please contact Greenfield Arts on 01325 379048, info@greenfield-arts.co.uk or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team.

Book Now for Kynren – the Award Winning Summer Spectacular **New**

It's here…‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ - the award-winning open-air live show opens this weekend with a super-spectacular Première on Saturday 1st July. Last week saw the show performed in front of its first live audience including members of the press, neighbours and families of the 1,500 volunteers at the final full-dress rehearsal before opening night.

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Greenfield Teacher Awarded Certificate of Excellence **New**

Greenfield Community College are delighted to be celebrating recognition of excellence amongst their teaching staff. Miss Stacey Reay, teacher of English has recently been awarded a certificate of excellence from the Pearson Education Teaching Awards. Miss Reay is a dynamic teacher who has used the surge in technology and smart phones to reach her students beyond the classroom providing students with a flipped learning approach which they control at their own time and pace. With over half a million views it is clear to see she is not only improving teaching across the school but also the rest of the country. Miss Reay also uses technology such as twitter to support student’s revision. The students cannot praise her enough for her efforts. 

Ms Reay can be found on twitter at @_Stacey_English promoting students success and liaising with other leading English specialists to bring the very best English resources to the students in our community. Miss Reay believes that celebrating strong women and their achievements has been one of the key elements of her teaching and has given her female students a new found strength to step forward and take up challenges they never thought possible. This is a great achievement and we are very proud to have her at our school shaping futures and transforming lives.
[JDA] Jack Drum Arts are celebrating funding success **Current**

'Wear Making Music' is a 3-year Youth Music funded programme of workshop activities, Masterclasses and events working with young people and professional musicians building on our successful programmes over the last 6 years. 

In addition we are very excited to announce that we are hosting a group of musicians from Recife in Brazil with funding from Grants for the Arts for our inter-cultural project 'Porto Rico Residency'. Our guests will be with us for 3 weeks helping us to launch our new Maracatu band 'Baque de Ogum' and working with groups within our local community. 

Details of the projects are included in the attached press releases however should you require further information about either please get in touch via helen@jackdrum.co.uk or call the office on 01388 765002.

 
Greenfield’s Cree Group are Valued Volunteers **Current**

The fabulous Mens Cree group at Greenfield Arts have again been recognised for their contribution to the community as part of Volunteers Week, a national initiative to recognise and celebrate the value of volunteering. 

As part of the celebrations by Durham Community Action, the Cree Group have been invited to attend a presentation evening at Beamish Museum where they will be given the opportunity to explore the museum’s town and enjoy refreshments in the historic tea rooms. 

The group meet at Greenfield Arts on a weekly basis where they volunteer their time to help both themselves and the community as they participate in useful and creative projects which in turn have a positive effect on their own well-being. They are presently working on building a ‘shed’ for the PCP at Newton Aycliffe and have recently been working on wonderful ‘little libraries’ which are popping up around the region. 

Richard Agar who leads the sessions is thrilled with the invitation and the recognition the group are receiving for their hard work. The Cree Men meet at Greenfield Arts every Monday from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, if you would like to know a little bit more about the group please give our friendly team a call on 01325 379 048 or email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk

Greenfield Students Raise Awareness at Durham Pride **Current**

 On Monday 29th May 2017 twenty two students from Greenfield Community College attended Durham Pride which was held at ‘The Sands’ in Durham City Centre. The students were very keen to take part because they believe that it is important to raise awareness and educate the public about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in and around County Durham. 

Students from both the Sunnydale Campus and Aycliffe site spent weeks designing and creating fabulous banners for the occasion which were proudly displayed on the day. The LGBT+ colours had special meaning as they represent the flags for the different identities. “Greenfield are strongly committed to celebrating Equality and Diversity and we are very proud of our students who gave up a day of their holidays to support this cause” said Assistant Headteacher Dianne Davis.

Greenfield Welcome World Wide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi **Current**

 Greenfield Community College were privileged to welcome Robert Senior, world wide CEO from the renowned advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi. He has been the producer of iconic advertising campaigns and is a leading force in global creative thinking. 

Students were thrilled to hear him speak and were engaged as he spoke of his own experiences and his vision for success. He spoke of working hard to do what you love, and how this means that you will progress. He encouraged students to look for something they enjoy, don’t go out looking for money, it doesn’t work - were the sentiments of the motivational speaker. A selection of Year 10 and Year 11 students from the Aycliffe site and Sunnydale Campus were lucky enough to take his advice on board which is a timely experience as they look to their future in the coming months. Mr Senior also visited tutor groups who have been working on projects around entrepreneurship and establishing new business ideas. 

The busy CEO also found time to tour the school and was very impressed with the fabulous facilities that we have and was interested in the SOLE sessions which encourage self-organised learning and our unique gallery space. As part of his busy day he met with Executive Head Teacher David Priestley and school’s Leadership Team and was interested in their motivation to teach and how they had come to be at Greenfield. 

“Our students really enjoyed listening to Robert speak and were certainly motivated by his ‘advice from an old neighbour’ talk” said Stuart Dixon, Deputy Head Teacher. “It was very rewarding for the students to see someone, originally from our local area, making such an impact on the world stage with a leading international company. The Speakers For Schools programme, that organised the visit from Robert, is a fantastic way of allowing our young people at Greenfield to hear the thoughts of some of the world leading experts in a variety of different fields.”

Step back in time in Durham **Current**

Step back in time with a short break to Durham in 2017 and prepare to be amazed as the past is brought to life at amazing attractions, fascinating exhibitions and exciting events. 

See the past come to life at award-winning Beamish Museum where you can experience what life was like in North East England in the 1800s, 1900s and 1940s in this 350-acre open-air museum - the biggest in England.


See the Give a Gig Week photo highlights **Currentw**

#GiveaGigWeek in pics 

We said there would be photos, so here you go! A handpicked selection of images to give you just a flavour of the wonderful, wide variety of live music that made up Give a Gig Week 2017... 


Folk singing with Benny Graham @ Witton Gilbert **Current**

We have been successful in securing funding from the North East Arts Council for a 10 week programme of folk singing with Benny Graham of the Pitman Poets fame!! 

Please find a Feel free to forward to friends, family, customers, clients and colleagues who may be interested 

Gillie Boggon 
Breathing Space Project 
St Michael and All Angels Church 
Coach Lane 
Witton Gilbert Durham 
DH7 6SU 
Mob: 07508 471522 Tel: 0191 3711387

Harambee Pasadia Festival: Event Updates **Current**


My name is Katie and I am on the publicity team for Harambee Pasadia: Afro Fusion Music & Dance Festival (May 26th-29th 2017, TCR Hub, Barnard Castle).  Now in its fifth year, Harambee Pasadia Festival has scheduled performances by a multitude of artists including Sekou Keita, Black Voices, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, Ahjah UK, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, and our Afro Fusion Ceilidh Band, we are offering a whole host of engaging and interactive workshops to our visitors. From West African Drumming taught by djembe master, Sekou Keita and Salsa Dancing provided by Yersin Rivas two of the most sought after instructors in the UK to Kuduro, African American Step Dancing, Samba drumming, Hip Hop dancing, Afro Groove, Tabla drumming, Yoga, Zumba, Capoeira and much more. There will also be a wellbeing area offering massage therapy, hair braiding and gong baths, with activities such as BMX, high ropes, canoeing, and wood carving also on offer.  Some of our DJ’s include Volta 45, Zero dB, Hot Sauce, Tom Caulker, Lalya Gaye, and Adam Bhatti Powered by Common Unity Soundsystem.   This year we have a new space called ‘speakers’ corner’ where we will host a series of conversation, presentation and life skills building activities based around social justice and unity. 

The festival is committed to engage attendees through a wide range of arts including music, dance, and workshops representing the diversity of styles and cultural influences from the African Diaspora. 

We want our festival attendees to come from all walks of life and would like to know if you or someone from your organisation could forward our festival information to your mailing list.  I have attached our flyer along with various photos highlighting last year's festival. 
The festival is committed to engage attendees through a wide range of arts including music, dance, and workshops representing the diversity of styles and cultural influences from the African Diaspora. 

We want our festival attendees to come from all walks of life and would like to know if you or someone from your organisation could forward our festival information to your mailing list.  I have attached our flyer along with various photos highlighting last year's festival.