About Quarry Arts Intro

Quarry Arts engages with communities for creative and performing arts inspired by quarries changing public perceptions.

Yorkshire Quarry Arts was established in the University of Leeds in 2003 and its projects were funded by the Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) and Natural England through Defra’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. Appreciation of the quarries has been underpinned by understanding of the geology of the quarried landscape and throughout our projects geologists have provided insight into the quarries that have inspired our creative activities.

Excellent example of collaborations can be seen in the YQA publications The Naked Quarry and Creative Children and at the Brantwood Musical Stones Exhibition in Coniston, The Coldstones Cut and the Lithophone at Clitheroe Castle Museum.

In May 2015 QA moved from Blubberhouses to the iCentre in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. The premises will enable us to develop our workshop programme, increase our project portfolio and create more musical instruments.

We have an Advisory Group to oversee our activities. We have formed collaborative partnerships with MIRO, with Clitheroe Castle Museum and Lancashire Education Services, and with the YDNPA, Purple Patch Arts and Skipton Camerata, and are developing projects within the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership. We are developing applications for funding for our projects with community groups, schools, artists and museums in the North of England. We have continued to maintain our close relationship with the University of Leeds.

If you feel you can Volunteer and support us please do so through becoming a Member or Sponsor.