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Arts organisations and events

Ryedale has a rich and varied cultural life with a large number of professional and community-based arts organisations and venues. The district rejoices in many creative practitioners, musicians, theatre companies, creative social enterprises, community groups and professional organisations – the lists below are, therefore, not in any way exhaustive.

If you would like to visit Ryedale’s arts venues you can pick up a free copy of “RyeScape culture map” (PDF, 2 pages, 1874kb), a map of arts, heritage and other cultural highlights, at venues and Visitor Information Points across the District. You can also download it from the bottom of this page.

Ryedale has a huge number of small, community groups whose members get together to enjoy making art. We have film societies, amateur operatics, theatre groups, song writing groups, choirs, textile groups, folk dancing, street dancing, gigging and jamming, and it is impossible to list all of them here. If you are looking for a particular art-form in a particular part of Ryedale you may like to start with your local library, or you may have a query that we can help you with.

Many of these organisations will also welcome enquiries from potential members and those who would like to get involved as volunteers.

Ryedale has a number of high quality public artworks which are worth visiting:

WANDER is a sculpture trail along the Wolds Way long distance footpath and two of the pieces are sited in Ryedale. Jony Easterby's Enclosure Rites and Chris Drury's Waves and Time both sit timelessly in a magical landscape which inspired them. The trail also includes a number of benches designed by artist Angus Ross with poetry by John Wedgewood Clarke.

A commemorative sculpture was commissioned by the Forestry Commission to mark the work of the Women's Timber Corps during the Second World War. Ray Lonsdale's piece, Pull, Don't Push, situated at Haygate Bank in Dalby Forest, is made from corten steel and seeks to show both the hard work and the camaraderie of the Lumberjills.

Dalby is becoming known for its increasing number of public artworks: there are a number to look out for throughout the forest, including giant acorns outside the visitor centre (by chainsaw sculptor Steve Iredale). The construction of the largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the world is currently underway here and you can check up on its progress in a display in the Visitor Centre. Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread’s new work “Nissen Hut”, part of the Shy Sculpture’s series, can be seen at Adderstone Field from Autumn 2018. This artwork, commissioned by 14-18 NOW, is to mark the end of the First World War and the centenary of the Forestry Commission (established in 1919 to address the depletion of timber caused by the War). The work will be permanently sited at Dalby as a testament to the impact of the First World War on the landscape.

Riverside Walk in Norton has a number of pieces designed by local schoolchildren working with artist David Mayne. These pieces were cast and then inserted in to the footpath. They celebrate the heritage, flora and fauna of Malton and Norton.

Malton Castle wall, in the Castle Garden, has an interpretive piece by Pete Coates. Malton Castle was, for many years, extremely important and its history is a fascinating one yet, locally, few people know much about it. Malton Castle information leaflet (PDF, 2 pages, 6191kb).



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Malton, North Yorkshire
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