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Inspired by Nature Art Retreat

18/01/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 20/01/2019 @ 4:00 pm

Art Workshop Co Durham

Be inspired by the wonders of nature all around us by giving yourself the gift of a weekend retreat at the TCR Hub in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Our modern purpose built venue is situated just outside the market town of Barnard Castle on the edge of the beautiful Teesdale. We are surrounded by inspiring countryside, woodland and water that will help you to relax into creative mode for the weekend.

The Retreat: You will work with up to four artists to develop skills in wet felting, printing, pottery and pastel work during the weekend. You will begin the weekend with a workshop on developing ideas and meeting your artists. Saturday will include an optional Inspiration Walk local to the venue where you can sketch, take rubbings, photograph and collect items to inspire your workshops. You will then participate in two workshops at the Hub with two artists. On Sunday you will participate in a third workshop of your choice before getting together with your fellow artists to reflect on the work produced.

The Venue: The TCR Hub is a Community Facility ran by the charity Teesdale Community Resources. We are a not for profit organisation and invest any surplus into activities and services for the local community. We have a long history of creative work and are the base for Teesdale Pottery Club, Veg Out in Barney, Cream Tees Youth Folk Group and many more groups and services. We are open to all and our venue houses a drama studio, dance studio, workshop, classrooms, the Serene Spa hair and beauty salon, the Hub Kitchen, TCR Music Studio and accommodation for up to 33 people. We also have substantial grounds that include a High Ropes Course, two lakes, Outdoor Gym and Nature Area as well as the Veg Out Community Garden.

The Participants: The weekend is open to everyone with an interest in art. You might want to attend to develop a particular skill or technique, to relax with friends and family or spend some time on your own wellbeing. Our artists are welcoming and will work with all abilities to ensure you enjoy your weekend and feel the time is being spent well.

The Artists:
Lindsey Starborn is an experienced potter who is based in County Durham. She runs Teesdale Pottery Group and has led workshops across the North East for over 10 years. Examples of Lindsey’s work can be found at Lindseystarbornart. Lindsey has a background in social and community work and has excellent interpersonal skills.
Suzanne Williams is an experienced artist in a range of mediums including pen and ink, pastels and charcoal. Passionate about community engagement and mental wellbeing, Suzanne has delivered art workshops in County Durham and the wider region for over 10 years.
Kate Mancini is relatively new to the County Durham craft scene although by no means less experienced than her fellow artists. Kate is a qualified teacher who now runs That’s Sew Ewe. She uses local fleeces to produce a range of felted items.
Holly Scott is another relative newcomer to the Teesdale scene, choosing to move from her native Newcastle to County Durham in recent years. She has spent much of her time developing outdoor art sessions for Veg Out this year and participating in the TAN project within Teesdale. Holly works under the business name Things of Wonder.

The Detail: The cost of the weekend is £180 per person. if pre booked and £200 per person if booked up to one week prior to the event. We expect to sell out as we have a maximum capacity to ensure everyone received excellent quality service. This includes accommodation in a twin room with vanity unit, shared bathroom facilities private to this retreat, all meals including one meal at a local restaurant, the use of specialist equipment such as printing presses and felt, access to four artist led workshops, access to one artist facilitated inspiration walk, time to spend in the atrium and grounds of the TCR Hub, light refreshments throughout the weekend, free parking. The site is fully accessible and transport can be arranged from Darlington Railway Station or Bishop Auckland Bus Station. We can accommodate more than two people in some of our bedrooms so please enquire if you wish to share as a group of friends or family. Group deals may be negotiated. Meals included are Friday hot evening meal, Saturday hot breakfast, Saturday cold lunch, Saturday Cream Tea, Saturday evening meal at a local restaurant, Sunday hot breakfast and Sunday hot lunch. Snacks and drinks throughout the weekend such as tea, coffee, cakes and fruit. Access to drinks making facilities and refrigeration. All diets can be catered for and cross contamination is of paramount importance although we regret that our kitchen is not nut free. If you have your own artist materials please feel free to bring them although this is not essential.

To book your place please contact Rachel Tweddle on or to find out more ring 01833690150. You can also find out more about the Hub at Vouchers are available as gifts. A reduced price will be available for those who wish to stay in alternative accommodation in the local area.


18/01/2019 @ 4:00 pm
20/01/2019 @ 4:00 pm
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