Dilly Arts new project CompassionART will include creative time in the woods for people living with long term illness, alongside gong baths, fine art and creative writing.... ...

Need a boost? This is the power of a walk among the trees. Read more: wef.ch/2nWtXUR

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Woohoo small steps back to working for Dilly Arts director Ally Redshaw-Boxwell after her diagnosis of ME in summer 2015. We have the funding for our project CompassionART working with people living with long term illness in and around Hexham, starting in January 2018 - more details to follow.... ...

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You know, it's two years since my diagnosis of M.E - on Monday I saw my lovely friend Julie for the first time since I was 18/19 (I'm now 43). She was asking about what I did, what was my work - I said, arts development officer Newcastle, strategic arts manager Sunderland, director of durham city arts, and then set up my own company, Dilly Arts, specialising in arts with prisoners and their families. In talking about it Graeme reminded me the projects I'd delivered won platinum in the koestler awards for prison arts. We, as DCA delivered the first light festival in Durham called Enlightenment which was my idea, helped along by Kate James and more so ISIS arts when I needed to go off on maternity to have Inigo - that went on to be Durham Lumiere which is a brilliant light festival in Durham. We won awards for the Durham literature festival, which we changed to the Durham book festival and then handed it over to New Writing North as they were much better placed to take the festival forward. As dilly arts we also instigated, designed and managed the play about women prisoners and their lives called 'Key Change' with open clasp theatre co - it turned out to be a nightmare (and aided my illness through stress) as open clasp were very aggressive to work with and wouldn't properly credit dilly arts, beyond our sell out performances at Live Theatre, but the play went on to win best at Edinburgh festival and a run in New York just off Broadway - dilly arts project with Hexham goal also won prizes with Michael Gandham's company and Lalya Gaye.... In amongst all of this we've worked with so, so many people who've got so much out of our projects.... For so so long I couldn't think about work, but I'm slowly getting better, and you know what? I'm fucking proud of the work I've done in the past and what I've achieved even if I or my company weren't always given the credit we deserved! Ally ...

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5 years ago this week I set up Dilly Arts having taken the big decision to leave my post of Director of Durham City Arts. I haven't regretted a moment, even when as a single mum I was skint. The projects we have developed and delivered across north east prisons, are among my proudest and favourite career-long projects, working with some fabulous people, inside prison both staff and prisoners - and working with some brilliant artists, most of which I'm happy to call close friends - as I am my wonderful board Suzy, Graeme and Sheree, it's been fantastic! .... It was all going so well and wonderful until M.E hit me last year and I was told to stop working.... So Dilly Arts happy anniversary, I'll be back as soon as I can!
Ally
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We have been doing quite a bit of graphic design work for Jittabugs Durham recently. Here is an example of an A5 leaflet they wanted to produce to advertise their sessions.If you are looking to have anything professionally designed, ask for a no obligation quote. You'll be amazed at how competitive our pricing is.

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Wishing all the best to Open Clasp Theatre Co, the wonderful cast and team getting ready to take Key Change to NYC - hope you all have an amazing time! Sending all our love and support, Ally xxxx ...

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Please join us for the public opening of the new permanent exhibition at Hexham Old Gaol called Beyond the Borders.

The project devised and managed by Dilly Arts, working with HMP YOI Low Newton, HMP Frankland and HMP Durham and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been working with contemporary prisoners, historians and artists over the past year to bring to life the stories and experiences of prisoners housed within Hexham Old Gaol during the period of the Border Reivers through hand held digital portals using augmented reality.

We'd be delighted if you and your family were able to join us for the public opening at 1pm on Saturday 28th November 2015. We hope to see you there!
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Exciting happenings are in the air.... Big news to follow.... ...

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