Project Description


In a change to our usual work in North East prisons, our Creative Rural Parenting project was devised to coincide with our Founder Alison Redshaw’s maternity leave with her third child. The Big Lottery and Hexham’s Queen’s Hall Arts funded Dilly Arts’ Creative Rural Parenting project to take place in Allendale and Burnlaw; both of which are rural communities in the North Pennines of Northumberland. The project worked with pre-school children aged from 6 weeks to 4 years and was devised to provide opportunity to engage with low-cost or free artforms which parents could continue to explore at home after the project finished and to share with other parents in their local area.  The project took place every Friday morning  and afternoon  for 10 weeks, there was no charge to parents for the sessions….


Friday 17th May to Friday 14th June (inclusive) we worked with artist Emma Pace making objects out of discarded, found and recycled materials. This 5 week course was devised specifically for pre school 1, 2, 3 and 4 year olds and their parent(s) or carer(s). In total we worked with 26 children and their parent(s) and carer(s).

Our second artform, movement and dance with artist Jo Templey of Bare Toed spanned from Friday 21st June to Friday 19th July (inclusive). This 5 week course included morning sessions at The Burnlaw Centre in movement and dance for babies aged 6 weeks to 12 months and their parent(s) or carer(s) and afternoon sessions in Allendale Sports Club for 1 to 4 year olds and their parent(s) or carer(s). During this course we worked with 28 children and their parent(s) and carer(s).

Dilly Arts is now pondering other projects for babies, children, young people and their parent(s) and carer(s) in and around our home village of Allendale…. Watch this space for more info!

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