Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) is based at Highgreen, Tarset in rural Northumberland. VARC funds and manages an on-going programme of residencies for artists. Through its activities, VARC aims to offer opportunities to artists to develop their work in response to the rural landscape and its community. It seeks to foster, promote and advance the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and enjoyment of creativity through exhibitions, events and participatory activities in the community and with local schools, regional SEN and SEND schools and visiting groups.
Our current multi-partner programme is ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art. Through artist residencies and projects it aims to explore different aspects of what makes a ‘place’ and reveal the interconnectedness of rural land and rural lives.
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.