Ryedale ArtWorks is the new name for my local Art Group. It was all made official last night, with a launch party - food galore, cakes, balloons, games, laughter! It is a group which has been running for a little while, Chaired and largely organised by Yvette Turnbull the Creative Economy Officer for Ryedale District Council. We are so lucky with our Arts Officer - she is a marvel and a real live support system for all artists in the area.
So, over the last five years we have been meeting in all sorts of spaces, on hillsides, in studios and galleries and in people's homes, and we have discussed all sorts of topics from artist residencies to marketing, from rural business development to making relationships with galleries. Now we have become a constitued organisation - creating a members led group with fresh and exciting plans, with the beginnings of a website Ryedale ArtWorks.com.
It is very motivating and inspiring to meet other creative practitioners, to discuss ideas and projects, support one another, pool resources and just learn about the painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, glass, textiles, paper and wood that are the creative output of artist friends locally.
We're on the map! There is a strong visual arts community in Ryedale and with Yvette as our first cheerleader, supporting our progress and development, we'll go far.
Is anyone part of an art group, I would love to hear about how yours works - perhaps we can link or collaborate in some way.