Many individuals have changed the way they have celebrated their birthday over the past few months finding new ways to mark the day.  Greenfield Arts are no exception and were determined to celebrate their 20th birthday by reaching the community they love in creative and innovative ways.

Greenfield Arts are an arts organisation with an arts centre facility in Newton Aycliffe (working in alliance with Greenfield Community College) who collaborate to produce and commission high quality, dynamic and stimulating arts and creative activity across a range of art forms. Greenfield Arts have marked this special day (23 June) by sharing three wonderful commissions that reflect the many projects, events and activities over the past twenty years and celebrate their vision and commitment to promoting and stimulating creativity, curiosity and questioning across the wider community. 

Filmmaker Laura Degnan was awarded a commission to create a short film to celebrate the day; the lovely stop motion animation reflects the contributions from our community, who were invited to share their thoughts about creativity at Greenfield Arts over the past twenty years in a recent project.

Performance poet, Tony Gadd was called upon to put a similar sentiment into words, Tony who has worked closely with Greenfield Arts, was well placed to capture its very essence, vision and reach in a poetic and poignant piece, entitled Our Tree of Life. 

We are also very much looking forward to working with artist Bethan Maddocks continuing the celebration as Greenfield Arts comes of age.  Renowned visual artist Bethan Maddocks is exploring the idea of possibility, bringing together creative exchanges and conversations with the community that will inspire an exhibition to mark the birthday year, Finders, Seekers.

Greenfield Arts would like to thank all partners, funders and collaborators who have worked with them over the past 20 years and to the fantastic communities we serve. The team at Greenfield Arts are now excited to be looking forward to the next twenty years.  We are busy developing and programming projects, exhibitions and activities that can be accessed as we evolve through this time and well into the future, supporting artists/creatives and offering a true ‘centre of creativity’.

You can find our birthday film on our Facebook and Twitter pages @greenfieldarts and find out more by visiting our website, where you can sign up to our regular enewsletter.  Get in touch and wish us a big ‘happy birthday!’