NY&SD Art Society lecture: is photography fine art?

North Yorkshire and South Durham Art Society‘s next lecture on Monday 21st October 2019 considers Photography as a Fine Art. Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed, more traditional more »

Darlington Music Society: 2019-2020 season overview

The 2019-2020 season presents six concerts in the months from October 2019 until April 2020 inclusive, starting on Saturday 5th October, with no concert in December. These concerts include pianists, stringed instruments, a flute, a harp and a quartet of four clarinets. They will be playing a wide range of classical chamber music by composers more »

Darlington Festival of Performing Arts

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music on Saturday 2nd March 2019; Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March 2019; and Dance on Saturday 5th October 2019; all at Longfield Academy. The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of more »

New Orleans Jazz Club: next event 12th October

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club presents another double-bill for October 2019. It’s The Big Easy Swing Band on Saturday 5th and Barber, Bilk and Ball with Hamish McGregor’s Band on Saturday 12th. The venue – St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG – has free onsite parking, and a licensed bar that also more »

‘Be a Mosaic Maker’ begins 26th September

‘Be a Mosaic Maker’ with Julie Hand, mosaic artist and tutor, runs for 10 weeks every Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm from 26th September 2019. Beginners welcome. The course provides an opportunity to create fabulous pieces of art. Everyone works at their own pace, in their own style within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, for two hours each week more »

Tees Cottage: final open days of 2019

Tees Cottage Water Pumping Station’s final open weekend of 2019 is on 5th and 6th October, from 11am-5pm each day. Explore the Tees Cottage site on Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 8TF, including Lancashire Boilers from 1902, a 1904 steam-powered Beam Engine and a 1914 gas engine, all in operation and still pumping water from the more »

Darlington Libraries’ Crime Festival

Darlington Libraries’ Crime Festival takes place from 7th to 12th October 2019. There’s a chance to win various prizes throughout the week, including tickets to see Curtains, Jekyll and Hyde and The Lady Vanishes at Darlington Hippodrome. Crime Festival highlights: Crime fiction workshop with Dr Noir, Jackie Collins Tuesday 8th October, 7pm-9pm, tickets £5. A more »

Madagascar at Darlington Hippodrome

The smash-hit musical Madagascar is at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13 October. Based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows all the familiar favourite animals as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world more »

Colourscape: exhibition of work by Colin Graham

This exhibition is at Crown Street Gallery from Saturday 7th September to Thursday 3rd October 2019, open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Colin Graham’s previous exhibition at Darlington Library, ‘A Mind’s Eye’, was held in 2015 and shared work from years of his practice. ‘Colourscape’ explores further some of the notions raised in ‘A Mind’s Eye’, more »

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild – meetings

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month in Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall; 1.30pm for talks starting 2pm. Tea and coffee is available. Meetings for 2019: 4 May, Jessica Grady (pictured) ‘Embracing the unconventional’ 6 July, Pat Ashton Smith ‘A sense of Place’ 7 September, Alison Larkin ‘Tudor needlework and more »