4 Feb 2021


Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Arts Development Newsletter

With many art projects and events being cancelled the Ribble Valley’s arts community have had to adapt to deliver their practice in new and creative ways. Now more than ever it is important to look after our wellbeing, nourish our minds and lift our spirits. Also, now more than ever it is important to support our local creative community through this challenging time for the arts sector. Here we share some of the activities available to you.

If you have any news or what’s on info you would like to feature in a future newsletter send it to katherine.rodgers@ribblevalley.gov.uk deadline to be included in the March Newsletter, 20th February.


Clitheroe Writing Group provides a regular setting to encourage and develop creative writing in a friendly and supportive environment. The group ordinarily meets ten times a year in the upstairs meeting room at Clitheroe Library on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Their meetings have been carrying on via Zoom and they anticipate this is the way forward for 2021 until they can go back to meeting in person.

“We meet once a month to discuss current writing, prose and poetry up to 1500 words and have additional sessions called More Writing to look at longer work (1500 – 3000 words) in prose.”

Whether you like to write poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, new members are always welcome. It may be that you are a new writer wanting to develop your creative skills or a more experienced writer looking for new stimulus and thoughtful feedback. If you are interested in the group or the courses contact Katharine Swingewood by emailing clitheroewriting@gmail.com To view more about the group view the website rvarts.co.uk/clitheroe-writing-group
Along The Line The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop a celebration (albeit online) going ahead on Tuesday 19th January 2021 to ‘unveil’ the fantastic variety of artwork now adorning Ramsgreave and Wilpshire Railway Station. Karen Allerton, the commissioned artist has successfully worked with students from Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe and Blackburn College, gaining insights into the history of the area through C.A.N.W. (Child Action N.W), the Talbot Archive and the local Alzheimer’s Society, to achieve artwork that not only brightens the station, but also helps people find their way around too. Click these links to view videos about the project & the new art works created Ramsgreave and Wilpshire Railway Station Artwork Installed

The Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Radio Show Every Wednesday evening on Ribble FM the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues team broadcast regular shows and special events. The 1-2 hour show features all things jazz and blues, from big bands, musical discoveries, timeless favourites, all eras, fascinating stories and new  international contemporary music. They also have great listen again facilities to listen at your leisure www.ribblefm.com download the Ribble FM ‘player’ app to your phone, computer or laptop
(Ribble FM can also be accessed through the ‘Tunein’ radio app) rvjazzandblues.co.uk

Atelier Arts Zoom arts classes. Bev and Keith are running art classes Tuesday 6 – 8pm, £35 for 4 sessions. The current series are taking inspiration from great artists email info@atelierarts.co.uk for information on the next series.

Ballet Classes Dancer Aimee Lily Williamson is now delivering adult Open Level Ballet classes via Zoom on Thursday mornings 10-11am. It is £4.50 per class, a fun, relaxed class, all are welcome. Follow the link for more info.

This email out is compiled by R.V.B.C. Arts Development, we don’t endorse information included, we just pass it on for interest and information. For further info on any items included please contact the relevant people directly.