Council commissions creative projects to bring local arts and culture back to life

Ryedale District Council is investing in four new artistic projects to benefit local communities and boost the district’s creative economy.

Art Licks, Bloom Arts, Forestry England and Helmsley Arts Centre successfully applied for funding through the Council’s Creative Economy Commissions scheme. Over the next 12 months, they will launch exciting projects – including art works, live music and a Technical Theatre Training programme. 

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships, said:

“The Council developed the Creative Economy Commissions scheme to support Ryedale’s creative industries at this challenging time.

“Arts and culture enriches our communities and we look forward to seeing the commissioned projects come to life.”

The commissioned projects are:

Forestry England

Forestry England is working with leading UK artist Nayan Kulkarni to develop exciting new art for Dalby Forest called Bellow.

Working over three nights early autumn, up to eight teams of two field recordists will work to capture a sound image of the landscape as it is revealed by the bellow of the Red deer. They will capture the movement of sound at the micro scale of the local location and the macro scale of the bellows as they move through space. At each location ambisonic and directional microphones will provide the basis for a coordinated immersive sound field. Field recordists include students and researchers from the University of York, and A Level Music Technology students from York College.

Petra Young, Funding and Development Manager at Forestry England, said:

“Bellow gives university and college students a challenging hands-on field recording experience, developing their skills and knowledge in their study field, taking them to parts of Dalby Forest they would probably never experience otherwise.

“We hope that it will give some of them a taste of the huge range of possibilities that working with sound offers, and widen their appreciation of the unique environment of the forest.”

Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre's RDC Creative Commission is a Youth Arts Training Development programme. The project aims to support young people in Ryedale by linking the arts to employment, by providing technical theatre training alongside an Arts Award qualification.

The project will be open to four young people, aged 17-25yrs, who will be trained, mentored and supported by HAC’s Technical manager and Artistic Director. The participants will have the opportunity to receive a wide range of technical theatre training, and experience working on amateur and professional events in a multi-arts venue. HAC has provided technical training to young people for several years, but this is the first time it will be accredited with an Arts Award qualification. Previous participants have since been employed as freelance Technicians and gone on to study stage technical theatre at Bristol Old Vic,Stage Management and Technical Theatre at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and Television and Radio at the University of Salford.

Natasha Jones, Artistic Director at Helmsley Arts Centre, said:

"We are absolutely delighted to have the funding support from RDC's Creative Commission to run the Technical Theatre Training programme at HAC, and to be able to offer training and qualifications to young people in Ryedale at the start of their careers in the arts.

“It is imperative to us that we provide opportunities for young people and support the next generation of artists and creatives, especially in Ryedale. We are very much looking forward to launching the project and welcoming the participants to HAC."

Art Licks

Local arts organisation Art Licks and the charity Next Steps have invited the artist Ellie Robinson-Carter to work with Ryedale residents to make a new artwork in Ryedale. Over the next few months Ellie will develop her new project, Together Apart, The Photobook Project, with Next Steps’ members, which will culminate in a group exhibition.

The project will document observations from participants’ day-to-day: an alternative means for connection, creativity, documentation and group activity over this time when we have to be apart.

Artist Ellie Robinson-Carter said:

“I’m delighted to be taking The Photobook Project to North Yorkshire, and am very much looking forward to seeing what beautiful images the Next Steps members take in their different pockets of Ryedale.”

Bloom Arts

Bloom Arts is working in partnership with the Launchpad talent development programme on a project called Noisy Villages - a new programme of bold, playful live music events in villages across Ryedale. It will bring inspiring and diverse artists from across the North to new audiences, and also provide a much needed platform for local musicians. By using village halls as venues, Noisy Villages will put exciting live music directly into the heart of rural communities. It will feature a broad range of musical genres and local residents of all ages will be welcome; at least one of the events will run as a matinee show to encourage families to attend.

Helen Mahoney, Bloom Arts, said:

“I’m delighted that Ryedale District Council is supporting local cultural activities at this time and I can’t wait to launch our project as soon as restrictions allow.

“Music is a powerful way of bringing people together, and gigs have been much missed over the past year by musicians and audiences alike. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can email to join our mailing list.”