Each season we work with schools and community groups to deliver a variety of participation workshops which complement our programme. We also work with more local artist practitioners, to deliver independent workshops to fit with the school terms. For new schools, please get in touch, to join our new online booking system. 

Autumn Season 2022

We have a wide and inspiring range of Autumn workshops available for schools and community groups across September to December, from our touring Programme. We also have Year Round workshops available, from artists/companies offering workshop opportunities that are just for schools and youth groups. These include drama and theatre devising, creative writing, spoken word and storytelling, puppetry, animation and film, dance, music including song-writing skills and composition, mental health and well being. 

Get in touch

If you would like to explore workshop activities and enquire about costs, please contact Kate Halsall (Creative Engagement Officer) at [email protected] to find out more.

Year Round Workshops 2022 – 23  

Young Promoter Introduction sessions – Learn about different artforms, being an artist and other roles working in the Arts and create your own event! Suitable for KS2, especially Year 6. Delivered by Creative Engagement facilitators. 

Puppetry by Moving Parts Arts – puppetry workshops for primary, secondary, and adult groups. Moving Parts Arts is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and offers all kinds of innovative workshops in puppetry making and storytelling, including their workshop around the story of the Lambton Worm – a popular County Durham legend.

Robin Webb – Animation/film workshops – Robin is based in the North East and is firmly committed to the principal that making animation and films can be an extraordinary tool for learning and being creative through participation and that everybody has the potential to develop personal expression through the art of moving image. Workshops can involve creating basic characters in modelling clay and cut out card, for stop motion animation. Make your own film!

Nearly There Yet Theatre – Circus Skills – live interactive face to face or online workshops are available from inspirational Circus Theatre Director, Mimosa Percy – Rouhaud. Suitable for KS1 & 2. 

Kema Kay – Music/Rap workshops or Theatre/Performance skills, from this up and coming young performer from the North East. Suitable for all school settings, Primary and Secondary, youth groups and Young Promoters. Delivered by Kema Sikazwe. Workshop availability from Autumn Term, early booking advised.

My Minute of Listening – Music workshops – Score devising and field recording activities with Cumbria based musician/teacher Kate Halsall. Suitable for KS1, 2 and 3. Workshop availability from Autumn Term. 

Meta4 Dance Company – Meta4 Dance are a contemporary dance company based in Northumberland who specialise in delivering work that is accessible, relatable and inspiring. With lived experience of rural isolation and SEN, Meta4 Dance deliver exciting and inclusive workshops that cater to all levels of abilities, experience, and interest levels. 

Gav Cross Storytelling – from Twisted Tales to the Titanic. Suitable for all school settings, both Primary and Secondary. Gav also offers devising, working with script, set making, reflection, ideal for Year 10s. Delivered by Gav Cross.

Yvonne Battle – Felton Writing – Yvonne offers workshops in creative writing and storytelling. Her children’s short story So Your Mom is a Superhero, was commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize in 2017 and she is co-author of Ladybird’s audio book ‘Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones’ read by Cathy Tyson. 

Dusk Notes – Music workshops in raga, song and found sounds. Suitable for all ages, school settings and youth groups, Young Promoters. Delivered by internationally established musicians, Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Chapman. 

Mariam Rezaei – Music/DJ workshops from Newcastle University Lecturer in Sonic Art. Mariam is an established performer and an experienced workshop leader. These workshops are also suitable for children with learning difficulties. 

In the meantime

As well as workshops during Spring 2022, we now have some resources available online, for community groups and schools to access. Please see Workshop Resources in the menu. 


Kema Sikazwe, Cotherstone Primary School, County Durham