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About Celebrate North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is the largest county in England with a rich history of arts and culture with many professional artists and hundreds of voluntary arts groups, societies and clubs, providing opportunities for thousands of people to take part in voluntary arts activity every week with exhibitions, choral evenings, pantomimes and plays, displays and demonstrations, festivals and outings.

People join these groups because they’re fun, they meet other people with similar interests, and get the opportunity to explore and express their creativity, and maybe learn some highly technical skills. They do it because they want to. In this predominately rural area the voluntary arts play a key part in allowing people access to the arts. 

York & North Yorkshire Voluntary Arts Partnership has been set up to provide a connection between these groups, offering support through this website, newsletters, meetings, training events and through being an advocate for the sector.


To join the Celebrate North Yorkshire website database you must be a voluntary or amateur group or organisation based in York and North Yorkshire.


We will accept listings from individuals and organisations that provide services to voluntary and amateur artists and groups in York and North Yorkshire. These eligibility criteria may be reviewed on a case by case basis and the final decision remains with the steering group of the York & North Yorkshire Voluntary Arts Partnership.


The voluntary arts are those arts and crafts that people undertake for enjoyment, self improvement, social networking and leisure, but not primarily for payment. The range of art forms is wide and varied. There is a distinction between Voluntary and Community Arts:

  • Community Arts is mainly where professional practitioners work in or with communities, whereas
  • Voluntary Arts is mainly people doing it for themselves - although they may employ professionals.

Sister Sites

Information about professional arts activities in Yorks and North Yorkshire can be found on the Creative Industries website www.creativenorthyorkshire.com.

Information about festivals and events in York and North Yorkshire can be found on www.festivalsnorthyorkshire.org.uk.


This site has been designed by Media Vision of Whitby and is maintained by Create Arts & Culture Development Agency on behalf of the York and North Yorkshire Voluntary Arts Partnership.