Creative Darlington

Creative Darlington

Creative Darlington was created in 2012 with the aim of looking at the development of arts in the borough and encouraging more people to discover their creative side.

Creative Darlington also had the task of finding new ways of working and developing arts finance from new sources.

Creative Darlington has supported local and national events such as Darlington Arts Festival and the Festival of Thrift as well as local arts organisations/artists, helping them to secure sponsorship and funding.

Creative Darlington is also responsible for Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington Town Hall exhibition space, managing access to the Borough Art Collection [external link] and works closely with The Bridge [external link], a community arts venue.

Creative Darlington is happy to work with partners in Darlington, the North East, nationally or internationally - particularly artists/individuals/organisations who are interested in developing, delivering or supporting arts activity in Darlington.

Find out more about arts organisations in Darlington on our clubs and societies page

The community art project - an innovative project which provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to try out arts activities

Contact us

Creative Darlington is happy to work with partners in Darlington, the North East, nationally or internationally.

We are particularly interested in artists, individuals and organisations who are interested in developing,delivering or supporting arts activity in Darlington.

Stephen Wiper
Creative Darlington Manager 
The Dolphin Centre

Telephone: 01325 406993
Mobile: 07970184533 
Fax: 01325 369400

Creative Darlington is on Twitter [external link] and Facebook [external link]

Openart Studio

Adults: Mondays and Fridays 10am to 12:30pm and 13:30-4pm

Families: Saturdays 10am-12pm

The Bridge [external link]

Openart Studio is a Public Health project focussing on enhancing mental health and wellbeing, where you can enjoy being creative in a relaxed atmosphere.

Professional artists are on hand at all times to help with your artistic interests in ceramics, textiles, printing, drawing and painting. 

Free of charge for eight weeks, Openart Studio is a chance to have lots of fun and make new friends. If you would like to continue after that, we ask for a small contribution.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Davies on 01325 244174 or If you would like to take part, please fill in the Openart Studio leaflet [pdf document] and bring it with you on the day.