Courses/Art Sessions

Courses at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts
The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane.

Autumn courses start on 10 September and run for 10 weeks. For more information about the courses and how to book, visit the website.







Life drawing – untutored class

jonny drawingA not-for-profit life drawing organisation launched in Darlington on April 13th 2017.

Lust For Life Drawing is the brainchild of local artist Jonny Lancaster and his partner Grace Wakes. Held on a monthly basis, each session will invite those who want to try drawing from life without the commitment of signing up to a regular course. The sessions will be untutored, with a relaxed atmosphere and hopefully a few surprises along the way.
Jonny is a self-taught artist and has previously held an exhibition in the Darlington Arts Centre and more recently had a piece at Crown Street Gallery. Some more of Jonny’s work has also being auctioned off to help raise funds for Oxfam through the town’s successful Oxjam Darlo music festival.

Grace Wakes, who is conducting the marketing for the sessions, said: ‘We’ve been wanting to add to Darlington’s already flourishing arts scene and thought of organising casual life drawing sessions. We’re aware that other life-drawing classes happen in Darlington and we encourage people to attend them if they want to learn something more structured, however we hope to offer something different. It’ll be a very relaxed affair with music playing, artists can get a drink from the bar and just draw what they’d like.”

  • To keep up-to-date with all the latest Lust For Life Drawing events and news, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.
  • For Further Information contact: Grace Wakes Tel: 07849 38 68 47 Email:

Craft sessions for children < Making Time for Arts and Crafts
Sessions for parents & children (18 months to 5 yrs)
Wednesdays 9.30 at Danesmoor House Nursery, 158 Carmel Road North, Darlington DL3 8RH)

Fun, themed, art and craft sessions designed to:

  • Encourage children to explore their own creativity and imagination
  • Develop motor skills, problem-solving and social skills
  • Learn through play, art, craft, music, rhyme and movement
  • Extend play at home with things made in the class
  • Enjoy making some time for arts and crafts with your child

Contact: Dawn on 07845 137856
Email: Facebook @MakeTime2 Also available for parties and events.
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swingTransport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm. 6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as evening socials every few months. No partner is required.
When Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 followed by social dancing
Where Upstairs Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate
Cost £3 first class free
Contact Angeline




Ukulele class
AGE UK Darlington’s Ukulele class meets on a Thursday from 2-3:30pm at Bradbury House. Sessions cost £3 and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information about the group, contact Dave Regan on 01325 362832

Worth checking out these workshops. Maggie Smith is a self employed artist and designer/maker who works from a studio in Darlington. She has exhibited her work both as an individual and in group shows for over 20 years. She works with surfaces, layers and small detail using paper, fabric, paint and stitch to create both 2D and 3D work.
An enthusiastic and inspirational tutor for many years, Maggie mentors individuals and groups, offers talks on her own work and runs workshops on mark making and stitched textiles. She is the author of two books, ‘Get Plastered’ and ‘Get Stuffed’, and is her online shop.

Scrap Studioarts, the scrap store and studio space of Artist Yvonne Preston, promoting arts and recycling.
Scrap Studio BuildingScrap Studioarts offers a weekly programme of upcycling activities, see store – collect/offer – clean safe waste materials, donated by local businesses and individuals who want to see their, surplus/unused materials, upcycled and have a new life in creative projects. Resources can be purchased @ £5 per bucket.
Yvonne offers creative upcycling workshops, projects, events, and parties for all the family
Weekly programme:
Tuesday – CREATIVE FAMILIES/MESSY LITTLE FINGERS 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm
Thursday – UPCYCLING CRAFTERNOONS 1-3pm, + a teatime ART CLUB 5-6.15pm and + CREATE NIGHT 7-9pm
And Saturday CREATIVE FAMILY WORKSHOPS 10.30 – 12 noon , Eco art skills and materials.
School Holiday Workshops – CREATIVE FAMILIES WORKSHOPS on Tues + Thursdays 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm.

For information please contact Yvonne on:
T: 07727706335
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Twitter: Yvonne-preston@
Address: Borough Rd Nursery School, Borough Rd Darlington DL1 1SG

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Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the last Saturday of each month. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/

For further details about these sessions, book a course or view more photographs about other Rejig projects please visit: uk/courses/wax/



knittting imageA reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds Monday night sessions. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773





Durham Wildlife Trust has announced the launch of an exciting new environmental education programme in Darlington’s South Park.

DWT’s education team will run a series of nature-based courses for local schools, using the existing Indoor Out Classroom in the park as their base taking advantage of the park‘s many attractions.

Kirsty Pollard, Worldly Wise Community Education Officer for Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “This is an exciting development for the Trust as we continue our work to foster a respect for wildlife and the environment among young people.

“Our Education Team can deliver a range of activities tailored to children from Early Years to Key stage 1 and 2. The sessions contain a combination of activities and games linked to the National Curriculum.”

Durham Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council to engage local schools and the wider community in the nature on their doorstep. Please contact Kirsty Pollard at Durham Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 584 3112.