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New Exhibition at Greenfield Arts

posted 7 Nov 2018, 05:34 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 05:35 ]

Greenfield Arts are pleased to announce their latest exhibition by artist John Palliser and would like to invite you to the preview evening on Wednesday 7th November 2018 18.00-20.00.  The exhibition, ‘Great Britain 1914 – 1918 Patriot Art’ is a collection of symbolic and contemporary paintings.

The exhibition focuses in part on the centenary of the end of WW1 and features the painting ‘1914 – 1918’ which has been exhibited throughout the North East over the past four years.  This vibrant collection of work is on display in The Greenfield Gallery and runs from Thursday 8th November to Wednesday 28th November 2018.

For more information please see our website or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or

Gallery opening times are Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.

Greenfield Students Find Their Voice

posted 7 Nov 2018, 05:32 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 05:33 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College have been given the opportunity to participate in an exciting project that will explore ways to express their opinions and ideas with confidence.

‘Your Voice, Your Say’ has been developed by Greenfield Arts in partnership with The Forge working with drama practitioner Alex Elliott.  Through creative learning, the students are encouraged to develop their communication and debating skills and be inspired to ‘make a difference’.

The project is being led by performer Alex Elliott who is delivering the sessions alongside Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts. “Alex is facilitating some clever creative techniques to develop listening skills, build confidence and support the young people to express themselves.  The young people are responding really well”.  One student said “I’m feeling things differently and have realised that there are some great things in the area I live”.

Greenfield Community College are a Specialist Arts and Science school and are committed to offering quality opportunities such as ‘Your Voice, Your Say’ to young people to facilitate their learning, raise aspirations and develop ambitious self-led learners. 

We are looking forward to showcasing the results of Your Voice, Your Say at the end of the year and sharing the learning.

Greenfield Community College Celebrates 100% Attendance

posted 19 Oct 2018, 07:15 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Oct 2018, 07:16 ]

Congratulations to Sinead Hinton and Ben Maxfield who celebrated their achievement of five years without absence from Greenfield Community College. Executive Headteacher, Mr Priestley and Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Stubbs joined them at Durham County Cricket Club to see them receive their well-deserved award and to add their congratulations to recognise their excellent achievement.

The evening has become a regular date in the diary for Greenfield students who have shown commitment and resilience throughout their five years at school – qualities that will prepare them as they continue their journey through education and employment. 

Ian Shanks of Children and Young People’s Services congratulated the students in a letter to the school, “On behalf of the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services and other colleagues, may I thank you for the contribution you and your staff have made to the Local Authority’s priority on raising attendance.  These pupils can be held up as an example both to their peers and successors and we hope to see more pupils from your school receiving awards in subsequent years”.

Staff at Greenfield Community College are committed to raising aspirations and recognising achievements of each and every young person and would like to add their congratulations to Sinead and Ben for their hard work and commitment throughout their time at Greenfield.  Well done!

‘Emergence’ Exhibition at Greenfield Arts

posted 19 Oct 2018, 07:13 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Oct 2018, 07:13 ]

Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their latest exhibition ‘Emergence’ by Alison Gargett.  The exhibition is a vibrant collection of work that portrays the artist’s journey of experimentation and how this has launched Alison’s as an artist.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 11th October to Wednesday 31st October 2018.

The exhibition falls neatly into Greenfield’s ‘season of play’ as Alison experiments with all types of paint such as oils, acrylics, watercolours but also likes to use general household paints such as gloss, spray, chalk paint and enamels to find interesting textures, playfully exploring the physicality of painting and often using implements at hand to apply, move and remove paint. 

This exciting collection of abstract and pictorial abstraction is on display in the Greenfield Gallery and should not be missed.  We are open from 10 am – 9 pm Monday to Thursday (except bank holidays) and 10:00 – 16:00 Friday.  Why not come along and see for yourself?

If you would like to know a bit more about our forthcoming gallery programme or the courses and activities available at Greenfield Arts please check out our website or call our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

Autumn Holiday Activity at Greenfield Arts

posted 15 Oct 2018, 04:08 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 04:08 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again offering free activities for young people during the October Half-Term holidays.  Popular favourite ‘Crazy Crafts’ will be making a return to both Foundations Building at Shildon and Greenfield Arts at Newton Aycliffe.  The courses are sure to feed your imagination, are family focused and suitable for all ages.

Inspired by our season of play and the Big Draw these creative sessions are led by Dawn Belshaw.  Artist Dawn will be on hand to help you work your magic in our ‘Crazy Crafts’ sessions, making good use of unwanted everyday materials to create brilliant inventions to take home.  The session at Greenfield Arts will be held on Tuesday 23rd October from 10:30 to 12:30 and at Foundations Building, Shildon, Thursday 25th October from 13:30 – 15:30.

For full details and to book via our simple online form visit our website at www.greenfield-arts or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 for further information, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Greenfield Students Sharpen Up For ‘The Big Draw’

posted 15 Oct 2018, 04:06 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 04:06 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again delighted to be part of the world’s largest drawing festival – The Big Draw.  This year artist Jilly Johnston will be inspiring students at Greenfield Community College to draw upon their imagination and create a collaborative installation to remember.

Every student at Greenfield will have the opportunity to take part in the event and are being given the chance to be ‘playful’ to spark originality and creativity.  Throughout the week students will work in pairs to create their own colourful ‘instructable’, taking turns to complete a drawing that is unique but will form part of an immense piece of artwork to be proud of.

Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts has been responsible for the activity, alongside artist Jilly Johnston.  “We are delighted to be part of this campaign for drawing and play has always been an important part of art” said Katy “it will be powerful to see the whole school come together with thousands of ideas and over five hundred drawings that will culminate in a vibrant, collective piece of art”.

The artwork will be installed at Greenfield Arts ready for the New Year to form a colourful welcome in the foyer area for students, staff and the wider community. 

If you would like to know more about the many projects and activities at Greenfield Arts check out our website or call our friendly team to sign up for our regular newsletters on 01325 379048.

Cree Quest for the Perfect Shirt

posted 15 Oct 2018, 04:02 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 04:06 ]

Following a busy season being very hands-on the Cree group from Greenfield Arts had the opportunity to visit the Baltic Centre in Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

The experience was also part of a new venture for the Cree Men entitled ‘Quest for a Perfect Shirt’.  The group met up with artist Richard Bliss who will be leading the project. The venue formed the perfect backdrop for the launch.  Richard is a visual artist who will be asking big questions, exploring who we are, what it means to live in this place, in this time - all through the vehicle of shirts!

Cree Men will work together to explore ideas about identity design, construct and engineer work as part of a forthcoming exhibition using ideas, images, stories and symbols from our past, where we live and what is happening around us. This will be realised into visual art pieces as part of the ‘Quest for the Perfect Shirt’ project.

“It was good to visit the work at the Baltic as part of our project working with artist Richard Bliss,” said Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts “Michael Dean’s exhibition in particular opened up lots of interesting debate. The Cree Men enjoyed the visit and have come back with lots of ideas to explore.”  Michael Dean, a respected artist from the region, is known for his immersive sculptural installations, exploring language, intimacy and the politics of being in the world.  “It was really interesting to see the exhibitions and to get us thinking and having a conversation.  I really enjoyed it” said Cree member David.

The Cree men meet every Monday from 10:30 – 12:30 at Greenfield Arts, If you would like to know more or feel you would benefit from the social well-being this group offers please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or visit our website

Greenfield Students Visit Historical Krakow

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:58 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:58 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have travelled to Krakow, Poland as part of their History studies.   The Year 9 and 10 students travelled to Hotel Wilga, which was lovely place by a little tributary river near Krakow where they could take in some of the amazing architecture of this beautiful Polish city and some Polish ice cream!

Staff and students ventured into Krakow’s Stary Miasto (old place in English) to view the stunning cloth hall and buildings in the old town, learning more about the culture and history of the city.  They then travelled to the site of one of the most serious crimes in the history of the world. The Nazi concentration/death camps of Auschwitz camp I and Auschwitz camp II-Birkenau where over 1 million Jews and other ethnic minorities were murdered by the Nazis.

The staff and students spent 2.5 hours in stunned silence while the guide Richard described some of the countless atrocities that took place there. What really hit many of the young people was seeing the two tons of human hair. It moved many of the students and teachers to tears.  Mr Johnson, Subject Leader in History, described the experience “For me it’s difficult to put into words but deeply moving and harrowing place which shows where racism can go to its ultimate extent. Just to think from that initial thought in someone’s mind that someone is inferior, that hate can grow to the extent of the horrors that were seen in this terrible place. People need to come here so that this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”

The trip also included a river cruise along the River Vistula seeing the stunning Wawel castle on the banks of the Vistula, which was the HQ for the Nazi Governor of southern Poland in World War Two, and earlier the seat of the Polish Kings.  They also visited the Jewish quarter of Krakow and learned about the efforts of Oskar Schindler’s metal manufacturing factory where he managed to save the lives of so many of his Jewish workers (‘Schindler’s List’).  The overall experience was rewarding and reminded students of the resilience that was shown by individuals when faced with such adversity and the impact of this period in history.

This was just one of the valuable opportunities that have been available to students at Greenfield Community College, during the summer students were given the opportunity to visit France to learn more about history and the WW1 Battlefields.  A group of students also travelled to Morocco to take part in the World Challenge.   These have invaluable learning experiences adding an extra dimension to a full and busy learning programme.

Greenfield Community College are committed to helping young people reach their full potential.  If you would like to find out more about the many opportunities available to young people why not come along to one of our open evenings on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Shildon site) and Thursday 4th October 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Aycliffe site).  For information please email

Greenfield Student wins Young Citizen Award

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:52 ]


Newton Aycliffe Youth Council have recently announced a new award for young people of Aycliffe recognising their outstanding achievements.  The ‘Aycliffe Young Citizen Award’ is an award which rewards “inspirational and exceptional individuals” from the Aycliffe area.


Staff at Greenfield Community College were very proud to learn that the very first winner of the award was Greenfield student Casey Topping, described by the Youth Council as “a remarkable young lady and without doubt an inspiration to all young people of the town”.


Casey was nominated by her Tutor at Greenfield School for not only achieving through adversity but for being “a delightful, trustworthy individual of whom her school and family are rightly very proud”.


Casey has not only to be proud of her academic achievements but is also a keen sportsperson representing the school at netball.  She has also been recognised for her support to her family, helping to look after her two younger brothers who are disabled and being a constant support to her mum.


Greenfield Community College are very proud of Casey’s contribution to the school and her resilience and care for her family.  During a summer of good news surrounding results and sporting achievements it is lovely to see good citizenship rewarded.


The school are working together with students and families to realise an outstanding learning experience for young people so that they can develop their potential as ambitious, confident self-led learners within a caring environment.

If you would like to know more about the Greenfield Community College why not come along to one of our open evenings on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Shildon site) and Thursday 4th October 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Aycliffe site).  For further information please email

Decorative Glass Painting at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:51 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:51 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again running exciting specialist arts courses as part of a busy Autumn programme.  This October we have a lovely new creative class on offer where you can learn the principles of glass painting.    

The sessions will be led by talented artist Jilly Johnston who will be there to help you create beautiful glass artwork and guide you through the skills and techniques involved.   

The course will be held in our purpose-built studio and all levels and abilities are welcome.  It’s a great chance to learn something new in a social, welcoming environment.  Why not come along and create something for your home or perhaps for a personal gift.   

The six-week course starts on Thursday 4th October and will be held from 18:00 pm – 20:00 and costs just £35.00 for the full course including materials. This is part of our new learning programme, and there are just a few places left on popular favourites such as yoga, and exploring collage.

You can now book online using our simple online form, just visit or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

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