We’re back for 2021, and here’s a peek at what you can look forward to

Exterior image of ARC, a building with curved glass frontage over three-floors on the corner of a road intersection. The building is it up at night-time. Logo in the bottom of the image is for EnA Photography.

ARC at night-time by EnA Photography

We’re really excited to be back, we’re looking forward to even more great arts activity in 2021, and we hope you are too. The current COVID-19 restrictions mean we can’t reopen our building as we’d previously planned, so for now we’ll be concentrating on activity you can get involved with wherever you are.

Due to the latest lockdown restrictions we have now revised our plans to reopen our building. We will continue to monitor the situation and will prepare to reopen as soon as restrictions allow. Until then we have some great activity you can enjoy from home lined up already, and will be announcing even more very soon.

What’s On

Virtual comedy gigs

Although it can’t go ahead in person as originally planned we’re excited that Laura Lexx will now be making a virtual visit to ARC this January.

In March Daliso Chaponda will also be performing a virtual gig for ARC audiences.

Classes for adults

All of these sessions currently run online via Zoom. You can take part in:

Keep Active – Tuesdays at 10.30am

Ballet Pilates – Tuesdays at 11.30am

Creative Writing – Alternate Thursdays at 10am

Creative Arts and Crafts – Thursdays at 10.30am

ARCulele – Saturdays at 11.30am

Find out more about classes for adults.

Creative sessions for families with !FAB @ ARC!

These sessions run every Saturday, with a different artist leading you through creative activities you can do from home. Upcoming sessions include:

Let’s Make Flower Friends with Polly Abbott

Under the Sea Adventure with Kitchen Zoo

Let’s Make Paper Love Bugs with Polly Abbott

Space Adventure with Kitchen Zoo

There are also upcoming sessions including music, dancing, makaton, and more. Find out more about !FAB @ ARC! sessions.

People’s Palace of Possibility

The People’s Palace of Possibility is an immersive arts project, and its story is told through the post, and through digital and/or telephone interaction.

Over the course of a month you will receive a series of letters and packages, which will unfurl the mysteries of The People’s Palace of Possibility and invite you to share visions for the future and commit tiny acts of resistance.

Find out more about the project and how to get involved.

Pizza and Pitches

We’ll be announcing dates for our next Pizza and Pitches callout and event very soon. Pizza and Pitches invites anyone with a new creative idea they’d like to make happen in Stockton to submit their idea. There’s the chance to pitch for £1000 and ARC’s support in making the idea happen, with the winning idea chosen by the public.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details.

Wild Vision Collective

Wild Vision Collective are a Stockton-based collective of artists formed in the first lockdown by artists Claire Harrison, Mandy Dixon, Beth Johnson, and Nethanja DeLeeuw Kent. Wild Vision Collective successfully won the public vote at our last Pizza and Pitches event held in November. Over the coming weeks they’ll be working to make their winning idea happen. They’ll be presenting an exhibition of work by local artists in Stockton Town Centre and running weekly creative sessions online.

You can keep up with the latest news from Wild Vision Collective on their social media channels:

Cafe Scientifique

Throughout the year Cafe Scientifique brings lectures on a wide variety of subjects to ARC. Due to current restrictions the January instalment will run online. Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, explores the latest exoplanet research in ‘Other Worlds: the search for Earth-like planets’.

To obtain the link for the Webinar, please e-mail [email protected]

How to contact us

Our Box Office team are available to help with booking for any of our upcoming activity or to answer any queries you might have.

You can contact us by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01642 525199.

Our Box Office team are currently operating remotely on reduced staff hours. Please leave a voicemail if we are unable to answer your call and we will aim to respond on the same day.

Our Box Office are currently operating on the below hours:

Mon: 12pm – 4pmTue – Sat:  10am – 5pmSun: Closed

Changes to bookings

There is the possibility that we will need to alter plans around events or classes you have booked for to reflect updated restrictions and guidance around COVID. If we make any changes to any of our activity where you have a booking we will contact you to let you know about the change. In the event that we need to cancel or reschedule to a new date we will offer a refund or exchange.

Keep up to date

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(Image of ARC by EnA Photography)