It all began…

… when Alison Redshaw left her role as Director of Durham City Arts in July 2011 in order to create a company which would allow her to concentrate upon developing her own arts development practice alongside spending more time ‘being a mum’. For the first year or so Alison created the company Dilly Arts, undertook freelance work and brought together people who shared her vision for Dilly Arts to join our Board of Directors…. in addition to having her third child!

Dilly Arts was conceived in 2011 and ‘born’ in October 2012 when we began delivering projects and programmes built upon Alison’s experience and vision…. and drawing from the combined experience, expertise and ambition of our Board of Directors as ‘Team Dilly’. We are a developing company, currently in our infancy. We hope you’ll enjoy sharing our journey with us.

Company Overview

DILLY ARTS is an arts development not-for-profit company (Ltd). Established in 2011 by Alison Redshaw and based in the small North Pennine rural village of Allendale in Northumberland, we work across the North-East of England. Building upon over 15 years of Arts Development experience at a senior level in the North East, Alison began delivering Dilly Arts’ programmes and projects in October 2012.



[dil-ly]- definition: Remarkable; Extraordinary; Delightful
(‘Dilly’ was also the first word our Founder Alison Redshaw ever said….)

DILLY ARTS specialises in devising, delivering and managing high quality arts development programmes across our North-East England communities. We excel in innovative arts practice which provides opportunity for artists to work on challenging and exciting projects which contribute to their professional development, whilst working with communities most in need and ‘hard to reach’. This includes, but is not restricted to our portfolio of work within North East Prisons (HMPs) and Youth Offending Institutions (HMYOIs).

General information

If you are interested in discussing our work or how we might work together please contact Dilly Arts Founder Alison Redshaw on 07799 266110 or email:

Our company was founded by Alison Redshaw. Our Directors are Alison Redshaw, Graeme Boxwell, Suzy O’Hara and Sheree Mack. Click here to find out more about our Directors/ ‘Team Dilly’