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Ryedale District Council awards arts grants to artists and organisations engaging with the community

Ryedale District Council has awarded five small Arts Grants to artists and creative organisations in the district to support cultural activities which engage the community.

Artists, freelancers, community interest companies and arts-related charities were able to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to support work in Ryedale which addresses community health and wellbeing, celebration of place, digital creativity, or climate change awareness.

The five successful applicants are Ryedale Open Studios, Harminis, Art Happens Here, Live Music Now and Libby Pearson Creatives.

Ryedale Open Studios will use their £1,000 grant to develop a map of Ryedale that can be used as a visitor flyer for the open studios which were a great success last year.

Petra Young from Ryedale Open Studios said: “We are very grateful for the grant from Ryedale District Council.

“We will be commissioning a local artist to draw a map we can use to promote the event and the grant will allow us to promote Ryedale Open Studios to a wider audience building on the promotion we did last year.”

Art Happens Here, a studio collective of artists based in Malton, will use their grant funding to support two events at Community House.

They will stage a regional artists’ networking event to promote what’s going on Ryedale and a pilot event for a public art club which they hope to make a regular event.

Artist Rachel Renwick said: “Art Happens Here are thrilled to have been awarded this Small Arts Grant from Ryedale District Council.

“We are looking forward to using this funding to host some exciting events at our studios in Malton that will see more of the community able to benefit from our activity and utilise our new art library!”

Art Happens Here. From left Serena Partridge, Sally Taylor, Rachel Renwick

Libby Pearson will use her grant to support an oral history project in Kirkbymoorside, collecting reminiscences of the Pigeon Club members whose remaining members are elderly.

She’ll also work with a photographer to photograph all the old pigeon lofts around the town and the project will be presented as an audio and photographic display launching in the Moors Rooms in Kirkbymoorside but would then be available to be displayed elsewhere.

Libby said: “I'm so enjoying meeting the wonderful Kirby pigeon flying club characters.

“Capturing their stories for this audio project feels such a privilege and cannot wait to share their stories next year.”

Libby Pearson

Early years music class Harminis, run by Kate Tyson, has been awarded grant funding to run 14 one hour sessions at the Norton Hive.

The classes use music to support toddlers with language development and Kate chose Norton as it is has the highest number of people in the district with English as a second language.

Kate said: “I’m thrilled to be able to work with families in Norton and the surrounding area in the run up to and following Christmas into the New Year! 

“Working with funding from Ryedale District Council and the space provided at the Hive, I hope to welcome lots of families with young children to explore lots of songs and games that will help develop their early years’ skills in a brilliant, fun, musical way!”


More music sessions are being planned by Live Music Now who will use their grant funding to run four half day creative music sessions at Welburn Hall School which caters for children with a range of special educational needs.

“Live Music Now in Yorkshire are delighted to receive an Arts grant award from Ryedale District Council,” Branch Director Deborah Welch said, “This support will enable our professional musicians to deliver musical workshops and creative sessions with children with additional needs and disabilities in the Ryedale District.”

Live Music Now

The school will be given access to live streamed concerts as part of Live Music Now’s webinar offer and the children’s musical creations they hope to make available online for all.

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director of Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council said: “We have a thriving creative sector in Ryedale which benefits the whole community.

“I’m happy to see this funding awarded to such a wide range of projects which all engage with our citizens in different ways.

“Ryedale District Council is happy to support artistic organisations which make our district vibrant, diverse and connected.”