Stillington resident creating a mosaic plaque with Sue Kershaw as part of the Heart and Craft Project

Arts and Crafts Project bringing relief to older people in rural locations

I am really enjoying continuing to provide mosaic workshops with older people in a bid to build community and relieve rural isolation. In the last couple of months I have been working with the residents of Thirsk, Sessay, Kilburn, Stillington and Borrowby in North Yorkshire. We have created mosaic borders around a mirror or a mosaic plaque which are both decorative and functional.

The project is co-ordinated by Rural Arts of Thirsk. Here is some more information about the project.

Heart & Craft provides fortnightly art activities for the over 70s in eight communities across North Yorkshire, and is funded by Henry Smith Charity and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Throughout the project, members have the opportunity to explore a range of mediums through our friendly and relaxed activities. In the past we’ve explored drawing, jewellery making, fused glass techniques, ceramics, willow weaving, silk painting, printmaking and much more!

Through our new funding we have been able to expand the project further. This means the project is funded for three years until February 2026 and we have even more exciting additions to the project, including a specialist support worker, intergenerational activities, pop-up exhibitions and opportunities to explore other arts forms, such as music, dance and poetry.

Where to join in:
All Heart and Craft sessions are run twice a month at each venue until February 2026. New members are welcome to join if you are either:

Over 70 years of age.
Over 60 and under 70, but facing multiple disadvantages in life.
In year two of the project (February 2024) we will be looking for 8 additional village hall venues to join the project. If you are a member of a village hall committee in North Yorkshire outside of Hambleton, and would be interested in Heart and Craft, please get in touch with

Current Venues:

Sessay Village Hall, (YO7 3NQ) Mondays, 10am-12pm

Kilburn Institute, (YO61 4AH) Mondays, 2pm-4pm

Dishforth Village Hall, (YO7 3JU) Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

Husthwaite Village Hall, (YO61 4PF) Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm

Borrowby Village Hall, (YO7 4QL) Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm

The Courthouse, Thirsk, (YO7 1QS) Thursdays, 10.30am-12.30pm

Ampleforth Village Hall, (YO62 4DU) Thursdays, 2pm-4pm

Stillington Village Hall, (YO61 1JX) Thursdays, 2pm-4pm

Sue Kershaw
Mosaic Artist
07929 884759