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Regular community arts activities


We work across County Durham delivering a range of arts development projects with people of all ages and backgrounds. Working in partnership with artists and community groups we hold regular events in communities across the county giving everybody the opportunity to access and enjoy the arts.

Artful Age

Artful Age aims to provide support for people to live happier, healthier, independent lives and grow to see themselves as active and valued member of their community. 

Covering the East Durham area, groups provide a safe and friendly environment welcoming people living with mental and physical health conditions, cognitive impairments or facing social isolation.

Led by experienced professional artists, activities range from singing and dancing, to arts and crafts and working with wood. 

Weekly activities

Craft and Chat Café 

Activities are led by facilitator Michelle Douglas-Allison with a crafting focus including shabby chic, upcycling, model making, textile craft and more. Weekly from 5 July 2022.

Tuesday, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Free (tea and coffee are included)

The Art Café
Community House
Yoden Road
Peterlee 
SR8 5DP
0191 569 3511

For further details contact us.

East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir

The choir is led by musician and songwriter Bethany Elan Coyle. Weekly from 7 July 2022.

Thursday, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
£2.00 (tea, coffee and cake included)

St Andrews Church Hall 
Hesleden Road 
Blackhall 
TS27 4LE    
07812 753991

For further details contact us.

Let's Meet Up Art Group

Led by artist Jane Wilson, activities include painting, printmaking, collage and drawing, as well as two dimensional & three dimensional crafts. It's an adventure of discovery every week from the 8 July 2022.

Friday, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Free (tea and coffee included)

The Art Café
Community House
Yoden Road
Peterlee
SR8 5DP
0191 569 3511

For further details contact us

The Lodge Open Art Studio (for ages 16 plus)

Activities are led by professional artist Carrie Dennison. The sessions offer a range of creative art and craft activities promoting wellbeing and social engagement in a friendly and supportive setting. 

Wednesday, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Suggested donation £3 (tea, coffee and biscuits included)

The Lodge 
Blackhill and Consett Park 
Laburnum Ave
Blackhill 
Consett DH8 5SZ

For further details contact us

The Venue Open Art Studio (for ages 16 plus)

Activities are led by professional artist Laura Brenchley.  The sessions offer a range of creative art and craft activities promoting wellbeing and social engagement in a friendly and supportive setting.

Friday, 10.00am - 12noon
Suggested donation £3 (tea, coffee and biscuits included)

For further details contact us

Silver Singers

Singing led by facilitator Sofia Castro, all abilities welcome. 

Monday, 10.00am- 12.00noon (term time only)
Suggested donation £4 (tea, coffee and biscuits included)

The Masonic Hall 
Scott Street
Stanley
DH9 8AD

For further details contact us

Fortnightly Activities

Dance to a Tea

Led by dancer and choreographer Perter Kerry-Forbes, Dance to a Tea offers a fun way to learn new dances and make friends over a spot of Afternoon Tea. Pre-booking is required.

Seaham: Fortnightly from Tuesday 12 July, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Free to attend (afternoon tea included)

Eastlea Community Centre 
Stockton Road
Seaham
SR7 8DX
To book call 0191 581 2399

Peterlee: Fortnightly from Wednesday 13 July, 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Free to attend (afternoon tea included)

Wednesday - The Pavilion (Fortnightly on Wednesday from 12 July 2022)
1 Helford Road
Peterlee
SR8 1ER
To book call 0191 586 9957

For further details contact us

Working with Wood 

Led by professional sculptor David Gross, participants will learn wood carving and joinery skills to create seats, decorative gates and sculptures for a new community garden. 

Fortnightly from Friday 8 July, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Free to attend (hot meal included)

Dawdon Youth & Community Centre
Queen Alexandra Road
Seaham
SR7 7NH
07368 424939

For further details contact us

Activities currently on hold

virus

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions some of our regular activities have been put on hold.

Let's Sing

Let's Sing is an open access choir for adults of all ages (16 and older) who meet weekly at The Lodge in Blackhill and Consett Park. The focus is on singing for wellbeing and the group work on a wide range of songs, led by local musician and choir leader Bethany Elen Coyle. The group are part of the Community classes programme, and aim to create a friendly and welcoming setting in which people can enjoy social interaction through singing together. The sessions are currently on hold. 

 

 

Contact us
Community Arts Team (East)
0792 029 5261

Community Arts Team (West)
0778 602 7469