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Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

Planning ahead with Visual Arts at The Witham

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As it’s a grey day today I don’t feel too bad telling you that I’m planning ahead with the Visual Arts programme at The Witham and looking to Christmas.

I’ve spent the last few weeks drafting a Visual Arts Strategy for The Witham, and a big part of that is aiming to develop the economy and ecology of art in Barnard Castle and the surrounding area. 

With the help of the team here at The Witham I hope to achieve that by supporting, facilitating, and promoting the work of emerging and mid-career artists, designers and makers from County Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the north east of England. In doing so helping to retain artistic talent in the region, and drive cultural tourism to the region.

The first step on this ladder is the birth of the Teesdale Christmas Art Fair, which will take place at The Witham from Thursday 8 December to Tuesday 20 December. The event will present an exciting opportunity for visitors to buy unique works of art created by some of the most exciting, regional fine artists just in time for Christmas.

The inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will show a variety of work, from painting to sculpture, by artists working in or inspired by County Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire and the north east of England.

In order to keep quality high, and the balance of work on display right, involvement in the Teesdale Art Fair is by selection. Artists wishing to express interest in exhibiting in the Teesdale Art Fair should send an artist statement and images of, or a link to, their work to

Please help me on the first rung of the ladder by spreading the word about the Teesdale Christmas Art Fair amongst regional artists, friends of The Witham, and visitors alike.

Exciting times!

Many thanks, and look forward to hearing from artists out there,


Sarah Mayhew Craddock

Visual Arts Co-Ordinator


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