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Regular activities


Our Community Arts Team 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.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions some of our regular activities have been put on hold. We have been working to deliver many activities digitally so our communities can access and engage with us online. We will update this page when activities resume or become available online so please keep checking back.

Activities available now

You can take part in these activities online from home.

Unless otherwise stated, please contact us to find out how to join in. 

East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir

The East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir normally meets alternate weeks in Blackhall and Seaham, welcoming people living with dementia, along with family and friends.

The choir is currently meeting for online singing sessions every Tuesday and Thursday 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Forget Me Notes

The Forget Me Notes dementia friendly choir normally meets in the Douai Room at Ushaw Historic House and Gardens welcoming people living with dementia and other issues, along with family and friends. A friendly social time for sharing music and words for all abilities.

The choir is currently meeting for online singing sessions every Thursday 11.00am to 12.00noon. 

Let's Meet Up

Let's Meet Up is an art and social group led by and working with people with memory issues living in the East Durham area. The group meets weekly, with sessions facilitated by professional artists teaching a range of different art form techniques.

The group is currently meeting online every Tuesday 12.00noon to 1.00pm.

Members also receive art activity packs every fortnight by post which are accompanied by video tutorials posted on WhatsApp.

Reading Together           

Reading Together groups meet regularly in Libraries, bringing together adults and children to share their love of reading and exchange thoughts and feelings about the stories and poems they read. 

The sessions in libraries are currently on hold, though adults members are currently meeting online every Friday 1.00pm to 2.30pm. 

Falling On your Feet

Falling On Your Feet is a dance project aimed at people age 65+ living in the East Durham area, who are at risk of falls.

The group currently meet online every Thursday from 11.00am to 12.30pm.

Please contact Helix Arts to find out how to join in online.

Activities currently on hold

Due to COVID-19 restrictions these activities are currently unable to take place. 

Home Alone on Tour

Following its premiere at Grainger Market in Newcastle and Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee in 2019, Sharon Bailey's installation and performance piece Home Alone, began its tour of County Durham libraries in Seaham at the beginning of March this year. The tour is currently postponed. 

Gala Singers

A weekly choir for adults who love to sing!  Everyone is welcome, all  musical abilities. Focus is on fun and relaxation. The sessions are currently on hold. 

Let's Sing

Let's Sing is an open access choir for adults of all ages (16+) 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. 

Silver Singers Stanley

Silver Singers Stanley are part of Sage Gateshead's Silver programme and provides singing opportunities for people over the age of 50. There are no auditions, no ability to read music is required, and all levels of singing experience are welcomed. The sessions are currently on hold. 

Gala Big Band

A welcoming community band that meets fortnightly, supporting a diverse range of amateur and semi-pro musicians. 

The sessions are currently on hold.             

The Lodge Open Art Studio

A weekly open art and craft session (for ages 16+) held  weekly at The Lodge in Blackhill and Consett park and led by a professional artist. The sessions offer a range of creative art and craft activities promoting wellbeing and social engagement in a friendly and supportive setting. 

The sessions are currently on hold. 

To keep the group creating and in touch with each other since the start of the coronavirus restrictions, the artist Carrie Dennison has been providing fortnightly on-line craft demonstrations. These enable group members to try a range of different arts activities and stay connected with one another. 

Stanley Open Art Studio

A weekly open art and craft session (for ages 16+) held weekly at The Venue (formerly Stanley Day Centre) and led by a professional artist. The sessions offer a range of creative art and craft activities promoting wellbeing and social engagement in a friendly and supportive setting. 

The sessions are currently on hold.   

Artist Laura Brenchley has devised the Craft Boxes programme and since Spring 2020 a series of creative arts and crafts projects have been delivered with instructions and the necessary materials to group members on a regular basis. This has enabled the group, who would otherwise suffer from isolation and a lack of stimulation, to stay creative in their own homes and retain a sense of togetherness.         

 

 

Contact us
Community Arts Team (East)
07920 295261

Community Arts Team (West)
07786 027469