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Barnard Castle has been recognised nationally as one of the 50 most historically and architecturally important towns in Great Britain and listed in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain. The Grade II listed Witham Hall is an important, central feature of the townscape, located where Horsemarket meets the Market Place.


The Hall

The Witham Testimonial was built by public subscription as a memorial to Henry T.M. Witham of Lartington, a palaeobotanist and philanthropist who had strived to make provision for the medical and educational needs of Barnard Castle before his death in 1844. Hence the building, which opened in 1846, housed the Mechanics' Institute and a Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick Poor. By 1860, a large music hall had been built to the rear of the Testimonial Building, whilst the premises later incorporated several small cottages in Hall Street. Together these buildings became known as The Witham and have continued to be used by the people of Barnard Castle as a backdrop for celebration, for participation and for people to gain new experiences.

2013 marks the culmination of over 10 years work to raise money and carry out work to restore its historic fabric and make The Witham fit-for-purpose as a fully accessible modern arts venue for the 21st century. The redevelopment project has seen the original Grade II listed Witham buildings restored, and a new link building constructed between the Witham Testimonial and the Event Hall, incorporating a foyer area, café bar and toilets. In addition, Durham County Council has extended and refurbished its Library building to the rear of The Witham buildings, to include new council offices and a customer access point as well as the continued Library service.

Funding of the project principally came from Durham County Council investing over £2 million with match funding of £336,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £773,879 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF funding is part of a wider programme which has brought more than £300 million to the North East. The Witham and Library development project was led by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and The Witham Directors.

Features

Hire Charges: Contact the hall directly Registered Charity Number: 1146726

Contact

Centre Manager - 01833 631107 Email: admin@thewitham.org.uk The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726

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What's On at Witham Hall Barnard Castle

Coming Up Contact Notes
On Tuesday the 01st of November 2016 until 31 December 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Inquisitive Infants (0-5) every Tuesdayonly
Creative sessions for 0-5 year olds. Come and explore in this creatively nurturing session, to engage children's minds, hands and imaginations. Weekly activities will help encourage and develop: • self confidence • problem solving skills • dexterity, gross and fine motor skills • social and emotional awareness Ticket includes a drink and biscuit for children and a 10% discount in The Dispensary Cafe. Email Gemma at: suitcasestudiouk@gmail.com
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£500, £3.00 additional sibblings
On Saturday the 31st of December 2016 until 01 December 2017
20:00 to 01:00 New Years Eve Ceilidh & Hog Roast
Support The Witham and dance the night away. Booking in advance is essential. Live Ceilidh Band. Hog Roast. Fizz & Fireworks at midnight. Live Party Band
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01833 631107
£45.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 22nd of June 2017 until 12 August 2017
10:00 to 16:00 We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure
We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure!” is an exhibition in the Dispensary Gallery that celebrates the ten year anniversary of Teesdale U3A (University of the Third Age). Taking an holistic view of learning and studying, members of Teesdale U3A enjoy an enormous array of activities from fell walking to Scrabble, astronomy to wine tasting. This photographic exhibition illustrates some of the thirty plus activities that members of Teesdale U3A have participated in since the branch was founded. Teesdale U3A started with just 20 members and now has over 360. U3A branches are 'learning cooperatives' consisting of special interest groups led by members, not external tutors. In the words of Peter Laslett, one of the founders of the U3A movement, “Those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach”. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 20th of July 2017 until 12 August 2017
10:00 to 16:00 The Magic of Illustration
This exhibition, The Magic of Illustration, will bring to life books, music, characters and drawings by local and nationally celebrated artists and illustrators, who through their displays will open up their sketchbooks and notepads to reveal the process behind the finished product, be that a book sleeve or an album cover. This bright and beautiful exhibition describes the creative process, marking-up, and re-working of design and illustration showing all of the hard work and imagination that is required to bring characters to life, and proving that Rome wasn't build in a day!
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 25th of July 2017 until 29 August 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling Busking
Every Tuesday morning from 25 July until 29 August, and every Friday morning from 28 July until 25 August (except 11 August). Be sure to look out for a beautiful stroytelling chair in various locations around Barnard Castle this summer. You never know when you might stumble across an enchanting chair, made out of the most creative and beautiful textile fabrics, crafted with passion, care and the greatest imagination. Pause, enjoy and revel in the storytelling delights from our magnificent chair - with various habitats and wondrous animal kingdoms to explore and a multitude of stories to enjoy from wizards, ogres, fairies, knights, goblins and more! Thanks to the brilliant staff and story readers at Barnard Castle Library as well as Hotch Potch House Upholstery for creating this very special chair.
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01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 02nd of August 2017
13:30 Creative Crafts : Magical Maps
Make your own adventure map to retell your favourite stories. Wonderful Wednesday workshops will continue in August with local artists.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 03rd of August 2017
13:30 Film : Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)
After slipping through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in a funk over the loss of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).Handcrafted Wedding
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01833 631107
£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 05th of August 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 09th of August 2017
13:30 Where's Brian?
Author and illustrator, Sharron Bates shares her picture book for young children. Where’s Brian is a picture book for young children that Sharron wrote and illustrated for her final Major Project when studying her art Degree. It tells the tale of Ruby, and the disappearance of her only friend, a soft toy monkey, called Brian. After reading the story to the children, together we explore the intricate collaged illustrations. In the final part of the workshop children experience creating their very own collage illustration inspired by the story. "Creating art is a compulsion for me. I find inspiration everywhere and my urge to draw is irrepressible. I am constantly inspired by the world around me and love collecting beautiful pieces of discarded paper that hold words and memories. My art is intricate and hand drawn or painted; it is instinctive, expressive and filled with character."
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£6.00 per child www.thewitham.org
On Wednesday the 09th of August 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Titus Andronicus
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 10th of August 2017
19:30 Peatbog Faeries
Taking traditional Scottish music and bringing it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. "Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure." fRoots Following the release of their latest album Blackhouse this legendary band will once more be back on the road in 2017 to delight audiences countrywide. Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums). They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before. Be prepared to dance!
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 12th of August 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Monday the 14th of August 2017 until 18 August 2017
09:30 to 16:30 Jukebox Musical Summer School
Bring your creativity and imagination to create a fantastical show in this intensive musical theatre workshop week. A jam packed week full of dancing and singing based on the traditions of childhood stories and myths whether that be journeying across forbidden lands with big, bellowing ogres, playing tricks on the evil step-mother or flying on a magic carpet to a far away land! Join professional theatre makers in workshops dance and singing classes as you embark on five days of intensive musical theatre training. Bring your creativity and imagination to create a fantastical show, performed on Friday in celebration of the week's achievements. Produced by Capella Performers in partnership with The Witham
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£180.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 17th of August 2017 until 09 September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Nature Abstracted
Presenting bright and beautiful representations of flora and fauna, Nature Abstracted is a thrilling exhibition of large-scale abstract painting by local artist Anne Mason displayed in the Dispensary Gallery. Representations of emotions, social encounters and memories, this exciting body of work presented in Nature Abstracted is in stark contrast to the realist painting and printmaking, which comes from a more Romantic, earthy place, that Anne Mason has become known for. However, it is this flux between practices and disciplines that gives Anne Mason the greatest platform for exploring all of her creative thinking. The works in Nature Abstracted have been created as a platform from which to explore the power of colour and form, in the largest format available to her within the confines of the artist's Teesdale studio space. "Our memory, our image building mechanism does not always recall experiences as ‘photographic reality’. Similarly, my ‘abstract’ work is not abstract in a pure intellectual and austere way. It is representational, it represents the curving, circular, harsh, shrill sounds of our native birds, often, but not always, set in a landscape context. Other works are purely filled with landscape associations, mine shafts, water race, grit, heather, tracks, spaces, hushes, rocks etc." Anne Mason. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 17th of August 2017 until 09 September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales
Myths, Legends and Fairytales is visual feast of an interactive exhibition designed to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike. Timed to coincide with school summer holidays, Myths, Legends and Fairytales is an exhibition that aims to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike. This exhibition presents a fascinating insight into the work of artists from across the region whose work is inspired by local, national, and internationally celebrated myths, legends and fairytales. The exhibition has been designed to have an imaginative, interactive element that will entertain visitors of all ages at The Witham over the summer holidays encouraging reading, listening, and drawing. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 18th of August 2017
17:00 Jukebox Musical : The Show
A celebration in dance and song by young performing art lovers. Join the cast of the Jukebox Musical Summer School to revel in the delights (or terrors) of the magical worlds of ogres, witches, beanstalks, magical keys and mysterious treasure boxes! A celebration in dance and song by young performing art lovers! Produced by Capella Performers in partnership with The Witham
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£3.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 19th of August 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017
13:30 Suitcase Studio : Supersize Structures
Calling engineers and architects! Could you construct a Castle fit for a King, with dragon proof defenses? Are you able to create a maze to capture a Minotaur? Or perhaps you could build the tallest tower Rapunzel has ever had to escape? Join us for an afternoon making supersized structures. No age restrictions - the more the merrier! Who doesn't love a cardboard box?! Suitcase Studio is a portable artists’ workshop, able to provide visual art opportunities and creates a rich environment for people to be able to comfortably experiment with materials. Their ethos is based on a core belief that everyone has the potential to be creative given the opportunity and that this in turn develops skills in problem solving, promotes wellbeing and nurtures confidence.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 24th of August 2017
13:30 Film : Cinderella (PG)
After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things. 'Kenneth Branagh's remake has eye-popping visuals and a perfectly evil Cate Blanchett' THE TELEGRAPH
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 26th of August 2017
12:00 to 16:00 Beer and Busk : Fundraiser
We welcome you along to Beer and Busk, a fundraising event and celebration of acoustic music at The Witham. Previous busking sessions in our cafe have always produced such a lovely community spirit and it’s been an absolute pleasure to support both young and established talent in Barnard Castle and the local area. There have been some real gems of performances that we have all enjoyed – so thank you to those who have taken part and put a little bit of money into the hat! Beer and Busk is the first ‘big’ fundraising activity we are looking forward to in order to support our bustling arts centre as a whole. Over the coming months into autumn 2017 and beyond, The Witham needs support to continue to offer more high quality artistic and cultural experiences including participation opportunities in the arts. As you may know, we are living in uncertain times, when more than ever, we’re asking ourselves as a country and especially in the North, who we are, and arts centre can be part of that inquiry. With regional beers on offer as well as our usual tasty homemade fare in the café, the acoustic atmosphere will be the icing on the cake for a perfect afternoon of local music making! Musicians are to be announced, but we can assure you of a joyous afternoon of fiddles, harps, singing, guitars, folk and popular acoustic music. Please spread the word and support our arts centre.
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01833631107
Donations welcome www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 31st of August 2017
13:30 Film : Pan (PG)
Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 31st of August 2017
19:00 NTL : Yerma (15)
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 09th of September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Cumbrian print-makers workshop - Monoprint with Heather Young
During the day you will practice two different monoprint techniques. Monoprints can be made by drawing onto paper over an inked plate or a professional inks can be wiped, scraped and moved around the plate to create tones and textures before passing the plate though the printing press. Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do. Like this? Then do please check out the other Cumbrian Craft Workshops in the series.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833631107
£50.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 14th of September 2017 until 07 October 2017
10:00 to 16:00 The Earth's Layers
The Earth's Layers is an exciting exhibition of fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation by a group of artists from across the north of England. Spanning fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation much of the work in The Earth's Layers exhibition is conceptual, yet all of it is entirely accessible due to physical, tactile nature of the work selected for display. The artists comprise a mix of established and early career artists living and working across the north of England and exhibiting together for the first time in this exhibition. Many of the works are inspired by maps, paths, and topography, whilst others are inspired by naturally occurring geological formations, and other works are inspired by the greater forces of nature, and their related way-finding systems.
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01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 14th of September 2017 until 07 October 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Lie of the Land
The Lie of the Land is an exhibition of paintings by Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle. These charming paintings of familiar vistas will be on display in the Dispensary Gallery. The Lie of the Land is an exhibition of sensitively depicted sites that will lead visitors around the Dispensary Gallery, taking them on a journey through the local countryside. Exhibiting artists Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle both live in, and are inspired by, The Yorkshire Dale. Employing contrasting styles and use of media that complement each other culminating in an exciting exhibition of landscape paintings. "Throughout my life I have been drawn to the rugged landscapes that can be found in the more remote regions of Britain. My love of these wild, beautiful places has provided the inspiration for my paintings, which are an emotional response to the landscape and the ever changing light and weather. I use colour and often texture to encapsulate my experiences and feelings." Jill Eagle. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Sunday the 17th of September 2017
11:00 to 16:00 Handcrafted Wedding Boutique
Handmade inspiration for all occasions, bespoke gifts, demonstrations and have a go experiences. The Witham and Designer Makers Market and Vintage Essence offer a creative exploration of wedding possibilities.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 20th of September 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House : The Magic Flute
Magic Flute Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera's spellbinding production of Mozart's The Magic Flute with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno. Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Fluteis brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems...David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flutewas an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. Approximate running time: 3 hours 10 mins, including one interval | sung in German with English subtitles MUSIC WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART LIBRETTO LORENZO DA PONTE DIRECTOR DAVID MCVICAR CONDUCTOR JULIA JONES TAMINO MAURO PETER PAMINA SIOBHAN STAGG PAPAGENO RODERICK WILLIAMS
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£15.00, £10 children age 6 or less
On Saturday the 23rd of September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Cumbrian print-makers workshop - Carborundum/Collagraph with Penny Hunt
Using carborundum grit and collagraph techniques of scratching, scoring and cutting you will develop a printing plate. Once sealed the plate can be inked, wiped and printed numerous times and in a variety of ways. Multiple prints will then be taken using oil based inks on a printing press. Penny is a painter printmaker who also prints onto hand built ceramics using relief printing bocks or coloured slips to monoprint onto the surfaces, etching into them before washing with body stains.Work is based on trying to capture the atmosphere and elements in our wild landscapes, particularly around her studio in the Western Dales, where she runs printmaking and ceramic courses.She is an experienced artist and teacher, to see further examples of her work go to www.penny-hunt.co.uk Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do. Like this? Then do please check out the final Cumbrian Craft Workshops of the series.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833631107
£50.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 11th of October 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Corialanus (12A)
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 14th of October 2017 until 04 November 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Luminosity : Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Luminosity is name given to the 2017 touring craft exhibition curated by the Highlights Rural Touring, based in Appleby, Cumbria. The exhibition comprises works by artists and makers who create work inspired by light. Touring around the region, the exhibition has been organised in association with Lumiere (Durham Festival of Light). This exciting exhibition and associated education and outreach programme of activities aims to delight, challenge, inspire and amaze audiences. Funding for the tour and outreach programme come from Arts Council England and other charitable trusts and foundations. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 09th of November 2017 until 06 January 2018
10:00 to 16:00 Teesdale Christmas Arts Fair
Following the success of the inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair in 2016 we are delighted to announce dates for the second Teesdale Christmas Art Fair that will take place for an extended period of time giving visitors more of an opportunity to visit the exhibition and purchase unique gifts. Teesdale Christmas Art Fair is a large, group exhibition of carefully selected art work by artists from across the region whose work will be displayed in exhibition spaces throughout The Witham. The exhibition comprises original works of art spanning fine art painting, drawing, sculpture, textile art, and limited edition prints in addition to applied art that will be on display and available to buy in the Shop at The Witham. The Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will also form part of The Witham's vibrant programme of Christmas activity that sees visitors of all ages flock to the arts centre for activities and entertainment. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
Daily (including weekends) Contact Notes
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Fine Art by Anne Mason
23 Nov to 3 Dec Fine Art by Anne Mason A collection of fine art depicting northern landscapes, animals and natural history. Teesdale artist, Anne Mason, exhibits original paintings and prints of northern landscapes, animals and natural history.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Art Society
Barnard Castle Art Society 1 – 10 Nov Barnard Castle Art Society have held their annual art exhibitions at the Witham since the gallery first installed there and have been pleased to be able to show their work since it was refurbished. The art society have sketching meetings during the Summer and meet for practical work sessions during the the other seasons .These meetings inspire them to produce an attractive variety of work for their exhibition.
info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 David Gibbon Photography
7 Sept to 1 Oct David Gibbon Photography David and Louise bring images of their past year travelling around the UK, Scottish Highlands, Poland and the Boreal Forest in Finland. The couple have always had an interest in wildlife, but it wasn't until 2009 when the RSPB opened a flagship £7 million nature reserve - Saltholme on Teesside - that their interest in photography really took off. They are now widely published and have won many accolades for their work, which is now represented by image agency Robert Harding and press agency Rex Features. After attending a workshop with north-east wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt in 2011, they switched off auto and began taking photos by setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed themselves. The pair, who live in County Durham, shoot in RAW and use Apple Mac, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to process their images. Talking about their work, David said: "Louise and I have spent a great deal of time studying the work of professional wildlife photographers, many of whom are now friends, and this has helped us in our quest for better images. For anyone looking to do wildlife photography on a serious level, this is something we highly recommend." David and Louise now travel extensively and specialise in capturing wildlife. David said: "Louise and I only photograph truly wild animals. A few years ago we made a vow never to capture anything that is captive, it just doesn't feel right. We have many more trips planned to capture the natural world so watch this space."
info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Weekly Contact Notes
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl.
Each Tuesday from 26 July until 30 Aug Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl. Date: Tuesdays Time: 10:30 am - 12 noon Price: Craft activity £3 per child (to Green Bee Creatives) No Booking Required Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS Contact info@thewitham.org.uk Tel 01833 631107 Websiye www.thewitham.org.uk
The Witham
01833 631107
DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking require
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£3 www.thewitham.org.uk
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Featuring the winning story of the Summer of Stories Writing Competition. Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with a multitude of imaginative and magical tales in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking required
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£3
Thursdays
10:30 to 12:00 Royal Literary Reading Round Group
The Reading Round is a new sort of reading group promoted by the Royal Literary Fund & I have the great pleasure of being appointed one of their Northern "lectors". In each session the group discusses a short story and a poem read aloud. There is no homework & no prior knowledge is necessary. You just turn up with your love of a good story. If you are interested in joining the Barnard Castle group, email me at rj@rebeccajenkins.com. I look forward to meeting you!
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£3.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
Monthly (first of a month) Contact Notes
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
Different every time. 20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 16:00 Northern Crafts
Everything from jam to jewellery. With over 15 stalls of locally handmade goods and luxury gifts on sale, why not pop along and have a look. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy the refreshments on offer in the Cafe Bar during your visit. For more information see www.northerncrafts.co.uk or email northerncrafts@outlook.com
Centre Manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk

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A variety of hire options are available, from meeting rooms to hot-desks and The Dispensary Cafe Bar offers drinks, snacks and meals. For more information please contact The Witham.