Over two decades Jack Drum Arts has developed a sustainable, locally-based business providing cultural opportunities to our community of Weardale through workshops, courses, touring theatre, music and cinema. The business - founded on a Enterprise Allowance scheme - is now providing employment for a local arts sector many of whose members first came into contact with us via volunteering as young people. But best of all, the developing company has enabled us to share our model of ludic education with probably tens of thousands of people, all over the world.
Jack Drum Arts seeks to engage individuals and communities in creative explorations using a wide range of performing arts and media. We believe that creativity works on lots of different levels, offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover new things about themselves and their place in the world.
Through our own practice as professional artists we demonstrate how creativity works for us, through the making of performances, films, exhibitions, publications and other imaginative expressions and inventions. By working with the wider community we hope to inspire and enable new audiences to consider how creativity might work for them – whether as a viable career option or as an enriching leisure and/or learning activity.
Creativity is at work in all of us from birth to death. It is the job of an artist to help that creativity find form and function and to bring it to the notice of a wider public.