Collaborations & Commissions

The Woodland Trust

Rusticus’s most recent partnership is with the wonderful Woodland Trust, and May 2017 saw the first of our events, Magical Woodland, performed at Skipton Castle Woods! The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 supporters, 1000 sites and 26,000 hectares all over the UK. Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and for wildlife, and they recently unveiled ambitious 10 year plans to rekindle people’s connections with ancient woodlands.  Rusticus are delighted to be part of that vision and are looking forward to our exciting future events in 2017 and beyond! Details of forthcoming performances with the Woodland Trust can be found on our Upcoming Events page!















Castle Howard, York

Rusticus are delighted to have been working with Castle Howard since the Summer of 2016 and have already delivered over 100 performances to family audiences in the grounds of this magnificent venue! It has been a delight to discover and to bring to life for families just some of the unique heritage associated with this jewel in the crown of England’s Stately Homes, which is still owned by the Howard Family. Inspiration for performances has included the magical stories associated with the garden’s many Greek and Roman statues, and the priceless plant and tree collection which was hand-picked by botanical adventurers across the globe and which still thrives today in the incomparable Ray Wood. Details of forthcoming performances at Castle Howard can be found on our Upcoming Events page!

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington

Rusticus have been working with the team at Sewerby since 2012 and since then have provided over 160 days of activity including nearly 500 individual performances! Sewerby Hall is a much-loved venue situated in an unique cliff-top position on the Yorkshire Coast, overlooking the bay of Bridlington and the North Sea. Run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and having benefited from Heritage Lottery funded restoration work in 2014, the house and grounds retain the affections of both locals and holiday-makers alike. Families flock to the mini-zoo, the outdoor games and putting and the playground, via the Land Train from Bridlington town centre, and Rusticus have relished the opportunity to excite audience’s imaginations with adventures inspired by the pirate and smuggling traditions of the coast, the changing seasons, and the 1930’s heritage of the hall’s connection with Amy Johnson.

















Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington

Rusticus were recommended to the team at Burnby Hall Gardens back in 2015 and have been part of this lovely venue’s fun themed family days, ever since! Family audiences have enjoyed discovering the gardens afresh with a whole host of characters – all attracted by the rockeries, carp-filled Edwardian lakes, aviaries, dovecotes, grassy walks and the charming stumpery! Created by Sir Percy Stewart, a local philanthropist, for the pleasure of future generations – the current team are set to add to this precious heritage with a Heritage Lottery Funded programme of restoration works – we can’t wait to see how it looks in 2018!


















Featherstone Festival of Words – Wakefield Lit Fest 2015

In 2015 Rusticus were commissioned by Wakefield Lit Fest to co-curate and deliver a creative events programme in collaboration with Beam, a local working group and Featherstone Library. Entitled Featherstone Festival of Words – the event constituted a one-day celebration of reading, writing and words which took place on Saturday 19 September 2015 at Featherstone Library – and included an imaginative romp around Pearson Park!  The event was part of ‘Lit Fest in a Day’, which funded by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund, brought high quality arts activity to areas of the Wakefield District with least arts engagement, building capacity and strengthening engagement with community partners.

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Heritage on the High Street – a Celebration of Hornsea Pottery

Rusticus were commissioned in 2015 for phase 1 of this exciting public art project which celebrates the iconic designs and craft of the world-famous Hornsea Pottery. Rusticus carried out a period of community engagement within Hornsea in order to connect local people with the project – including visiting schools with a creative workshop, making links with local societies and individuals, and creating the successful public event ‘Wacky Walk: We’re Potty About Hornsea’ – an interactive performance which saw areas of the town centre animated by larger than life characters, celebrating aspects of the town’s heritage.

Autumn 2017 sees the successful installation in Hornsea of the project’s artworks by local ceramicist, Adele Howitt and the opening of a new Pottery studio at Hornsea School & Language College!

















Message to the Sea – A one day arts festival for families at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Set to coincide with the re-opening of Sewerby Hall after its £2.6m HLF funded restoration and to help celebrate its 300 year anniversary in August 2014, Message to the Sea was designed to generate interest and excitement in the venue by celebrating its unique cliff-top location. Rebecca, on behalf of Rusticus, was commissioned to create and manage the event, and took the opportunity to bring in partners – including Cornucopia Festival, Scrapstore Hull, the RSPB, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre, the RNLI, Flamborough Management Scheme, The Children’s Centre Bridlington, The Harbour Museum Bridlington, Yorkshire Coast Nature photography, the Coastal Voices choir, and the Artwaves Visual Arts Festival at the Spa, Bridlington – in order to create a whole raft of arts activities to inspire and delight audiences.


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