Update: Crescent Arts

Crescent Arts has been a bit quiet recently, but don’t worry! We have been busy working behind the scenes to bring workshops and our art provision back safely after lockdown. This newsletter will communicate to you all a bit more information about where the organisation currently is and our plans for the future.

Over the past few months, like all arts organisations, Covid-19 has paused public activity. Crescent Arts has also had a change of management with Stuart Cameron retiring as Director after 12 years. Stuart made a considerable contribution and commitment to the development of the organisation, supporting a great many artists and events and helping Crescent thrive. He will be sorely missed but has left the organisation in a strong position to move forward.

In the meantime, Interim Director, Adrian Friedli, has been working with Trustees to develop plans and partnerships for the next phase of Crescent Arts operation. Adrian is an arts worker based in Sheffield, who has been active in the cultural sector in Yorkshire for over thirty years, as an artist, in academia, as an independent producer, a Director in regional and national arts development agencies, and as a creative consultant . Adrian is Chair of Third Angel, and a Trustee of Bloc Projects and Forced Entertainment.

Martha Cattell has also recently joined us as an administrator. She is a creative practitioner working largely within the field of film/moving image and socially engaged practice, exploring ideas of the environment, recording and the archive. She has curated a number of exhibitions across the North of England and recently finished her PhD exploring the ethics of visual representations of the whaling industry. She loves living by the sea and will find any excuse for a swim in it or a wander along the cliffs!

Following an organisational review undertaken by Adrian earlier this year, Crescent Arts has engaged in a period of reflection and learning, as well as planning next steps. This has been a challenge as we work with the changing landscape and ‘new normal’ that we are all currently experiencing. In response to this, the physical building is currently closed for public activity (exhibitions and workshops) and will remain so for the near future. This is due to access limitations and the difficulty of instituting social distancing in line with government guidelines.

The good news, however, is that we are planning to offer workshops and talks again but within a different space –  Woodend – and also online. This space at Woodend is fully accessible and strict procedures will be in place re. social distancing and hygiene. These events are still in the planning phase and we are excited to be joining forces with the West Yorkshire Print Workshop and Scarborough Museums Trust to create a programme of events that link with the upcoming Flourish exhibition that is being hosted by Scarborough Museum Trust around printmaking, and more details will soon follow.

Can you help us? As part of our ongoing research into how Crescent Arts can best serve its communities, we are also doing a short survey for our members and followers in order to gain a greater understanding of the organisation and what people might want from Crescent going forward. We would be very grateful for your thoughts: https://forms.gle/LLBuaP1fBarw3Pux6 

We will keep you up to date around any further changes soon including updates on current studio artists exhibition, and just wanted to reassure you that we are still here and have some exciting plans for the future. If you do have any questions do get in touch via the email:  info@crescentarts.co.uk