I am excited to be able to announce that Ryedale ArtWorks, in collaboration with The White Room Gallery,@ Priestleys No. 36, in York, is going to stage a series of exhibitions starting this week for the Christmas period and bi monthly during 2014.
I happened to hand one of our Directories to Rob Oldfield, who is associated with Priestleys and with whom I worked alongside Andrew Dalton, supporting a re-hang of paintings in The Green Howards Museum's temporary space in Richmond. It turned out that Priestleys were looking for artists suitable for their tiny but perfectly formed space. The Directory is a powerful marketing tool for Ryedale ArtWorks artists.
Thanks to the dedication of Andrew Dalton, who has been working on the funded exhibitions project, Priestleys have selected artists Sue Slack and David Stephenson for the inauguration of our collaborative relationship and I am sure it will be the beginning of exciting things. We are really looking forward to working with Priestleys and hope that this will lead to other events for Ryedale ArtWorks artists and makers beyond the Ryedale boundary.
Meanwhile, leading on from the training day led by Anamaria Wills of Cidaco a few weeks ago, during which Ryedale Artworks members had training on the subject of mentoring, I am busily devising training workshops and sessions for our members. This is another strand of the work we are doing that is funded through Ryedale District Council's Creative Commissioning process.
The third strand of our funded provision is improved professional development meetings for members and I am now also working on recruiting speakers for future meetings.
It is a very busy time; the quality of what RAW is able to deliver to members is improving all the time through this work.