a special relationship
We are located in a restored early 17th-century manse, with its wattle and daub walls. The Hearth came into existence in 2004 as an outreach community initiative supported by Horsley Village Church, funding agencies and private donations. The church undertook renovations of the manse, hall and surroundings to restore them into what we know today as The Hearth Arts Centre and Cafe to provide educational and recreational activities for the community of Horsley and beyond.
Since 2004 we have provided affordable studio spaces for eight resident artists and makers. They welcome visitors to their studios providing an opportunity to meet the artist, learn about their practice, and purchase original artworks, greeting cards, and gifts alongside bespoke services.
open studio weekends & fairs
Our bi-annual art fairs and in 2022 a Textile Fair are well known for the quality and variety of locally made art and craft. The resident artists are joined by a selected group of guest artists and makers from the North East for a wonderful display in the hall, studios and courtyard. With a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, our fairs are an great opportunity to meet the makers, enjoying chatting and discover unique locally made art and craft for your home.
The Café is run by Kevin Farren and Alanna Nash, who have created a well-established business with a loyal customer base. They provide excellent hospitality and a focus for the community, whilst attracting visitors from many neighboring towns and villages.
During challenging times the Cafe was a lifeline to the village, offering a door-to-door grocery service using local suppliers, a free delivery service, and a takeaway service which they have continued to provide.
Fairs, Special Events and Workshops held in the Hearth Hall all benefit from catering services and the hospitality offered by the Café, making the experience even more memorable.
community-support & connect
The Hearth has a commitment to the local community and considers local suppliers, artists and residents in all areas of endeavor. In 2021-22 and in 2023 with the continuing support of a grant from the Co-op Community Fund, we run social crafting workshops at subsidised rates for those affected by rural and social isolation.
promote kindness through culture
A team of volunteers make craft kits which are distributed to local family support groups, Newcastle West End Food Banks, Hexham Libraries in Wylam and Heddon partners and No 28 Community organisation in Hexham to provide craft materials and ideas for children’s crafts. We have also worked with AgeUK, Chrysalis offering art materials for older people to enjoy.
Free of charge opportunities to create and make. Free events for local Primary Schools on the theme of Native British Trees; Roles of Women over the past 100 years.
26.3.2021 - 3.4.2021
An eclectic mix of arts, crafts, musical performances, yoga, poetry and more! Every event was FREE, supplemented by the Hearth and donations were welcomed.
hearth hall hire
The Hearth Hall is an affordable community asset for workshops & classes, community groups, special events, music gigs & performances, private functions, workplace awaydays and meetings.
The Hearth Hall has hosted concerts by local, national and international musicians with a special focus on young emerging musicians. In 2022 in partnership with 'The Highlights Rural Touring Scheme' the Hearth hosts high-quality professional and affordable musical events.
From those in the field of archeology, local history, heritage and arts.