Visual Arts in Rural Communities is based at Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland.  VARC  funds and manages an on-going programme of twelve-month residencies for visual artists and projects with special schools. Through the residencies it aims to offer opportunities to artists to develop new work in response to the remote rural landscape and its community and to offer benefit to the community and visiting groups in engagement with art and artists, through contact and creative activity.    It also aims to benefit young people with special needs, particularly those with autism spectrum condition, through creative projects with artists.

Friends of VARC

VARC is a community-based charity that needs all the help and support that it can get to remain a sustainable charity with a long-term future.

VARC needs Friends in both the local and wider community but also from those less directly concerned who support our aims in providing community based contemporary arts projects and with particular attention to groups with special needs such as autism. Learn More.