Portrait Painting Workshop at The Bridge

Enjoying Sky Arts ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’? Learn how to paint in acrylics and oils from your own photograph with artist Jo Pickering. Detailed step-by-step tuition – suitable for beginners. One-day workshop takes place on Saturday 25th May 10am-3pm at The Bridge Centre For Visual Arts, 280 Hundens Lane, Darlington DL1 1ED. Includes sandwich more »

Pots exhibition and sale of work

‘Pam Bassington Pots – Exhibition and Sale of Work’ takes place on Saturday 15th June from 9am-4.30pm at The Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NB. Free entry Visit the website www.pambassington.com

‘Unseen Beautiful’ exhibition and workshops

Exhibition dates Saturday 18th May until Wednesday 29th May, usual gallery opening times. The exhibition was also associated with Darlington Arts Festival 2019. Workshops Crown Street Gallery will also play host to three collaborative image-making workshops in May. Work alongside artist and graphic designer Nicola Golightly and photographer Joanne Coates on storytelling using images and more »

“A Panorama of Movement and Dance”

“A Panorama of Movement and Dance” dance show takes place on Saturday 29th June 2pm at the Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington DL1 5RP. The Annual Festival Show of Movement and Dance features participants from all over the North East, from children to mature movers, including performances fresh from the national championships in Nottingham. This colourful more »

Festival: Getting up close in poem-writing

This workshop by Ann Cuthbert will really focus in, using description to capture clear details of people, places and things in poems. Writers want to do this to involve readers, make them feel, see, hear, smell, even believe they can taste and touch what they are writing about. Ann will be working in the miniature, more »

Festival: Pop-up art exhibition

There will be artists exhibiting their art in the Cornmill Shopping Centre main atrium for three of the festival days. On Friday 17 and Sunday 19 May, you can see work by Darlington Society of Arts; and on Saturday 18 May, exhibitors are Lucas Roy and Pam Bassington. You can also visit the DfC information more »

Festival: ‘Enchanted Forest’ creative play

Inspired by the ideas of local children, Enchanted Forest is a magical interactive space with storytelling trees, luminous fairy ponds and musical lily pads. It is designed for a child to play in with their grown-ups and there are elements for crawlers, toddlers and children up to around 10 years old. Some children will spend more »

Festival: Slices of life

This structured writing session by Susan Chapman is for people interested in starting to write their memoirs. Why write memoirs? For family. For personal clarification, for history. So much to say and often forgotten by the time we get around to say it. The workshop will use a series of prompts to remember slices of more »

Festival: ‘Zog’ at The Hippodrome

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s story Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world on stage. See photo of the cast of Zog (photo credit: Helen Maybanks). more »