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We have five artist studios available for rent. They have 24 hour access and are located next to The Witham in a central location in the heart of Barnard Castle. To inquire about hire fees and to arrange a studio visit contact admin@thewitham.org.uk 

The studios are located on Hall Street, Barnard Castle. Several of the studios welcome visitors. Current occupants of the studios include:

  • Hotch Potch House Upholstery - Glynis Manning
  • Wood Works - Steve Parks
  • Leatherworker - Nik Hutchinson
  • The Fabulous Tash Emporium - Graeme Edwardson


Artists and Makers interested in selling and exhibition opportunities at The Witham should refer to this page - Artists looking to exhibit their work as part of group exhibitions curated in-house at The Witham should see the opportunities below...


Northern Shores
Thursday 22 March to Saturday 21 April 2018

Celebrating the beauty of northern coastal areas Northern Shores is a group exhibition of work by regional artists working across all area of fine art.

In order to keep quality high, and achieve a balanced display of work, involvement in the Northern Shores exhibition is by selection. Artists wishing to express interest in exhibiting in this exhibition should send an artist statement and images of, or a link to, their work to art@thewitham.org.uk

The shortlisting process for inclusion in the exhibition will take place in the week commencing 1 February 2018.


Where The Wild Things Are
Thursday 31 May to Saturday 30 June 2018

Where The Wild Things Are is a group exhibition of fine art photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture that will reveal the beauty of seeing wild animals in their natural environment. The exhibition will be designed with an interactive element in order to appeal to audiences of all ages.

In order to keep quality high, and achieve a balanced display of work, involvement in the Where the Wild Things Are exhibition is by selection. Artists wishing to express interest in exhibiting in this exhibition should send an artist statement and images of, or a link to, their work to art@thewitham.org.uk

The shortlisting process for inclusion in the exhibition will take place in the week commencing 5 February 2018. Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications that reach us after the 5 February 2018.


Between the Branches and Over the Stile
Thursday 13 September - Saturday 13 October 2018

Between the Branches and Over the Stile is an exhibition of landscape art that puts the romantic, and idiosyncratic "off the beaten track" views and vistas of the region into sharp focus.

In order to keep quality high and achieve a balanced display of work, involvement in the Fields and Hedgerows exhibition is by selection. Artists wishing to express interest in exhibiting in Fields and Hedgerows should send an artist statement and images of, or a link to, their work to art@thewitham.org.uk

The shortlisting process for inclusion in the Fields and Hedgerows exhibition will take place in the week commencing 16 July 2018. Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications that reach us after the 16 July 2018.


Join us and help The Witham thrive

We are currently recruiting for following roles:

Duty Manager

The Witham are looking for casual Duty Managers to join the staff and volunteers at our busy Arts Centre.  The roles will involve opening or closing the building, managing evening events, supporting the bar staff, emergency evacuation, health and safety monitoring and customer service.  The hours will involve weekend and evening working and will be issued monthly as part of a rota. Ideally the candidate will have previous experience in hospitality or customer focused roles.  Great to have alongside a 9-5 job or whilst undertaking studies. Please email your CV and covering letter to admin@thewitham.org.uk 

Cafe Assistant (part-time)

We’re looking for part time cafe assistants for The Dispensary Café/Bar at The Witham to help with the daily running of our busy café/bar. Reporting to the Café/ Bar Manager this role requires a lot of can-do attitude, positivity and team player attributes. Ideally the candidate will have previous experience within the hospitality industry, they must be friendly and enthusiastic, yet professional and willing to get their hands dirty. A passion and understanding for healthy food is also beneficial. Please email your CV and covering letter to admin@thewitham.org.uk

Bar assistants (part-time) for The Dispensary Cafe/Bar at The Witham to help with the running of our busy (predominant) evening bar. Great to have alongside a 9 - 5 job. Reporting to the Café/ Bar Manager this role requires a lot of can-do attitude, positivity and team player attributes. Ideally the candidate will have previous bar work experience. The ideal candidate will possess bags of personality and enthusiasm. This role will include working some weekends and late nights. Please email your CV and covering letter to admin@thewitham.org.uk

Thank you for the applications for the Café Bar Manager (part-time) role. We are currently working through and selecting applicants for interview. You will hear from us shortly if you are selected for interview. 

The Witham is a thriving arts centre situated in the heart of Barnard Castle. It is a cultural, community and commercial hub. The Witham presents a varied arts and events programme of films, live music, theatre productions, family activities, and of course exhibitions, making it a busy, well-loved, and well-visited venue.

There are opportunities to sell and exhibit work in three different areas of The Witham (Gallery at The Witham, Shop at The Witham, and Dispensary Gallery at The Witham) each with their own focus.

The Witham encourages group applications from regional, early and mid-career artists wishing to exhibit in The Gallery.

Please download the Visual Arts at The Witham Artist Application Pack for information about applying to sell and exhibit work at The Witham.

“Thy Friendship makes us fresh” William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I

Here at The Witham arts centre, our passion, imagination and determination are boundless – unlike our resources!

We are a small team and don’t employ a fundraising specialist; we regularly apply for, and secure grants, but we are not a regularly funded organisation. This means that we rely on volunteers, ticket sales, gallery sales, custom in the Dispensary cafe, donations, and the support of our Friends to ensure our survival.

The Witham continues to go from strength-to-strength thanks to the fantastic support and enthusiasm displayed by the local community. Should you wish to support The Witham further, there are three key ways that you can get involved - by volunteering, becoming a Friends of The Witham, or by making a donation.

Volunteer
We're looking to build upon our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help us engage with members of the public and help the keep the cogs at The Witham well oiled. We'd like to hear from you if you: are looking to learn new skills, share existing skills, enjoy working in a team, enjoy working in public facing roles, if you're looking to get back into work, or if you simply want to put something back into your local community. We’re looking for volunteers who can spare a minimum of eight hours per month in order to help out at The Witham.

Roles that we’re currently recruiting for include: Gallery Assistants, Box Office and Visitor Information Assistants, Stewards, and a Retail Volunteer.

Email sarah.gent@thewitham.org.uk or call 01833 631107 to have a chat about volunteering and request a Volunteer Inquiry Form.

Friends Membership
Supporting The Witham with an annual Friends Membership will allow you to enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Discounts on selected tickets
  • Priority booking for selected events
  • Invitations to exhibition preview evenings
  • 10% discount at the Dispensary Cafe Bar (daytime)
  • Friends' events
  • Friends' e-newsletters

An annual Friends Membership costs £20 for Individual Membership, or £35 for Joint Membership (two people living at the same address). Download a form here and drop it into the Box Office Shop during opening hours.

Donate
The Witham is a registered charity dedicated to enabling cultural, community and commercial events and activities to take place in Barnard Castle for the benefit of residents and visitors. 

Although the initial construction phase of the redevelopment of the Witham buildings now complete, we still need help to meet our running costs and to enable us to stage exciting events and support local community groups and commercial activities.

Support the ongoing refurbishment and development needs at The Witham by clicking on the JustGiving link below, emailing caroline.maughan@thewitham.org.uk to arrange a direct debit, or making a cheque out to Witham Hall Ltd. and posting it to DONATION, c/o Caroline Maughan, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8LY

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