Library service: judicial review

On Monday 16th July, a High Court judge handed down a ruling in the Crown Street Library judicial review case. The ruling was in favour of Darlington Borough Council’s plans to close the Crown Street building and move the central library service to the Dolphin Centre. Read the council’s statement in response to the ruling more »

Promote your events

Do you have arts and culture events or groups that you’d like to publicise? The DfC information stand (and famous teddy tombola) will attend local events this summer, plus we have an information stand in the foyer of The Hippodrome for several days each week. It’s a great opportunity to display your leaflets or posters more »

‘Of Equines and Others’ exhibition

‘Of Equines and Others’ is an exhibition of mixed-media drawings and prints from Darlington-born artist Louise Pallister and it runs until Saturday 28th July at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road, Darlington. These widely exhibited large-scale drawings were developed from time spent observing thoroughbreds at the Queen’s stud in Berkshire, a racing stables more »

Acting for Film – Summer ’18

Spend a week with actress, writer and producer Susie Potter. Learn how to develop your craft as an actor and gain skills in improvisation, script writing and acting for film. You will end the week filming your piece to camera. The course is for 11- to  18-year-olds and will take place at The Majestic Theatre, more »

Darlington Comedy Festival returns in July

Comedians from popular TV shows such as Mock the Week including Chris Ramsey and Gary Delaney are set to perform at the 2018 Darlington Comedy Festival. Now in its seventh year, the month-long festival takes place at various venues including Darlington Hippodrome, The Forum, Old English Gentleman and the Hole in the Wall throughout July. more »

Local arts groups need you!

By Jo Potter, chair of DfC What can be done to attract audiences away from their home-entertainment systems to support the many events that take place in Darlington throughout the year? You often hear that it is too expensive, or car parking is difficult, or that there is no bus service, but many events, particularly more »

Hippodrome – activities in August

The Hippodrome will not have any shows on during August, but the theatre will be opening its doors and hosting a range of activities including live music, theatre tours, craft and drama workshops, opportunities to view archive materials and an exciting ‘Family Trail’.  Scrap at the Hipp Yvonne Preston from Scrap Studios will be running more »

Oil painting for beginners

Established artist and tutor Jo Pickering is hosting a one-day painting workshop at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts on Saturday 28th July. Jo will provide a variety of still-life images to work from and will demonstrate materials for a highly enjoyable day. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring lunch. Jo more »

DHS programme of summer walks

Darlington Historical Society (DHS) programme of summer walks – each walk usually cost £1 per person, no booking required. Please check DHS website. Saturday 16 June ‘Yards & Darlington Stories’ walk with Jean Kirkland Meet at 1pm at the Town Clock Sunday 22 July ‘North Road’s Railway History’ walk with David Howlett Meet at 1.30pm more »

Gilkes Street Artists – Commonplace

Commonplace is an exhibition of work by members of Gilkes Street Artists, a Middlesbrough-based studio group, at Darlington’s purpose-built Crown Street Gallery from Saturday 7 July to Monday 27 August. In Commonplace, the artists investigate their personal ideas of the everyday experience through painting, printmaking, mixed media and tapestry weaving. For more information, visit Darlington more »