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As a combined arts company, we offer a diverse cultural programme, from live theatre to film screenings and touring exhibitions; featuring poetry, panel talks, creative writing and spoken word workshops, sound installations and visual artwork.

Check out what’s available throughout 2020 below.

Make Do and Mend film

Make Do and Mend curated film screening

Thu 17 January, 7.30pm

Admission: Pay as you feel via The Witham

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a curated screening of our film Make Do and Make as it comes home to The Witham, where it showed as an original live theatre production in 2016 and was filmed in 2017. Full of heartache and humour, it shares three real North East women’s stories of domestic abuse. Audiences will be able to ask questions of the film-maker, Rupert Philbrick, the set designer, Polly Turner and Company Director, Lisa Davis.

Watch the trailer here.

Purchase domestic abuse education and training resources here.

Discover how our Education and Training workshops can help you.

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About -Our Work -Mens Voices

Men’s Voices: Stepping out of the box

Thanks to funding from the Northern Heartlands, Awards for All and the Arts Council, our Men’s Voices exhibition is back, touring across South West Durham arts and heritage venues The Witham, Killhope Lead Mining Museum and Locomotion in 2019 with a programme of linked events and workshops.

An original artistic exhibition exploring traditional masculinity; featuring textiles, poetry and sound recordings that consider how destructive social norms and stereotypes shape us and our mental health.

Discover how local artists broke down barriers with men and boys across the North East to explore aspects of masculinity that have been entrenched in this part of the world - with its history of industrial jobs that reinforced gender norms and shaped traditional roles of men and women.

Through discussions and art-making activities that the artists ran with men and boys in the area; we asked them to think about what it means to be a man and whether the social norms of masculinity are helpful/healthy. We’ll be showcasing some of the art that was created by both the artists and the men and boys involved.

As our tour unfolds, groups of young people from Teesdale School, Wolsingham School, Parkside Academy, King James I Academy and Humankind will be creating a new body of work together with Visual Artist and Changing Relations Assistant Director, Polly Turner and Performance Poet Tony Gadd – whilst also being supported by participatory arts experts Helix Arts.

This will be combined with our original exhibition to create Stepping Out of the Box; an artistic exploration of gender norms reflecting the views of girls, boys and LGBT youth across South West Durham. We’re currently finalising details for our final exhibition in September so please watch this space for more details soon.

Join us at the following venues in 2019:

The Witham

Sat 9 – Sat 23 February Multimedia exhibition in the Main Gallery and Dispensary Gallery.

Free admission. No booking required.

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