Head of Steam talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Festival

There are some interesting talks, workshops and exhibitions at Head of Steam during Darlington Arts Festival

Until Sunday May 7
RIta Smith goes with event until may 7 not may 3 event
Travels with a Sketchbook, an exhibition of sketchbooks and drawings by Rita Smith
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam
Included in normal entrance fee.
Drawing and travel are important factors of Rita Smith’s practice and produced over many years and miles, these hidden drawings go on public display for the first time. This exhibition at the Head of Steam is an ideal location, given the importance of the history of the railways in helping to open up the world.

Wednesday May 3
Free Drawing Day – ‘Drawing from Collections with Rita Smith
Head of Steam Railway Museum. 10.00am. – 3.00pm
A drawing day with artist Rita Smith linked to her exhibition Travels with a. Sketchbook on display in the Museum. The historic location and exciting collections will provide the inspiration for small-scale work in a sketchbook, with an opportunity to develop work on a larger scale. This is a free event aimed at adults of all abilities who like to draw. Please bring a sketchbook, soft pencils and a packed lunch.
Normal entrance fees to the Museum apply.
This study day is supported by the North Yorkshire & South Durham Decorative & Fine Arts Society. North Yorkshire & South Durham Decorative & Fine Arts Society is part of Nadfas, a leading arts charity. NYSDDFAS members meet for monthly lectures and organise study days and outings. They are involved in voluntary work on heritage, conservation and arts education projects. For more information go to: www.nysddfas.org.uk

Thursday May 4
The Afternoon Lectures: “The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid of 1862 & Buster Keaton’s the General” – a talk by Ray State
1.45pm Museum Meeting Room, Head of Steam
FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome (please telephone the museum for membership or price details).

Saturday May 13 – Sunday July 2
North Eastern Railway Association Exhibition “A Railway History of Shildon 1825 – 2004”
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam
Included in normal entrance fee

Saturday May 20 head of steam NERA Logo Colour Master
NERA Meeting – “A visit to the seaside: A History of County Durham Railway Excursions from the 1840s to the 1960s, part 2” a talk by Colin Ryder
1.30pm Museum meeting room, Head of Steam
Free for NERA members.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 30th May – 2nd June P1090593
1.00pm – 3.00pm Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam
May half term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.