Visual Arts Dewsbury

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Where we are

hoot activities in Dewsbury take place at Oak Tree Studios. Note: this is not a hoot office. 

Oak Tree Studios
Reman House, 1st & 2nd Floor,
South St, Dewsbury WF13 1JS

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hoot believes everyone participating in our activities should be treated with dignity and respect. Verbal abuse, bullying and aggression towards staff, volunteers or other participants is unacceptable, and constitutes grounds for exclusion from all activities.

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In-person activities update - January 2022

We are constantly monitoring the local and national situation so in light of the government’s increased level of caution, we now require masks to be worn for the full duration of sessions and we will be providing masks to everyone who visits our sessions.

We also ask that you take a lateral flow test before attending a session where possible.

If you or someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 please do not attend hoot for 10 days from the date of the positive test.

As always, please let us know if you can't attend.

Our other Covid-19 safety guidelines have not changed: 
We require that you make space between you and others and that you use the hand sanitisers provided. We will still be ventilating the space which does mean things could get chilly so please wrap up warm.

We look forward to seeing you at the groups this week – the hoot team.



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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Walk In My Shoes - About My Life

hoot creative arts and The Lawrence Batley Theatre are inviting you to take part in this exciting creative project in August.

If someone said "tell me about your life" what would you say? 
In this short series of sessions, older people and young people from The Lawrence Batley Theatre will come together to share stories from each other's lives and turn them into new stories - all with the support of our fabulous professional artists. 
Your experiences will be captured on film which will be premiered at The Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Walk In My Shoes is part of a national project running in arts centers across the UK to create new conversations and understanding between different groups of people. 
When Mondays 26th July, 9th, 16th, 23rd August 11.30am til 1pm
don't worry if you can't make all the sessions
Where  The Lawrence Batley Theatre Courtyard
Cost Free

You must book in advance by contacting Moira at or on telephone 07388 800767

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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Contact us

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Where we are

hoot is located in Bates Mill not far from Huddersfield town centre on the corner of Queen Street South and Milford Street. Disabled access is available via our door on Milford Street. A wheelchair friendly toilet is available.

Bates Mill,
Milford Street
Huddersfield, HD1 3DX


Telephone:  01484 516 224

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How to find us

By car

Leave the Huddersfield ring road onto Queen Street South or Chapel Hill and turn onto Milford Street. On street parking is available nearby for 4 or 8 hours. hoot does not have a dedicated car park. 

By bus

The closest bus stop to hoot is on the A616 Chapel Hill, Stop ID: 45021502 or Stop ID: 45021504. You can also travel to Huddersfield Bus Station and walk  to hoot in approximately 10 minutes.

By train

hoot is a 15 minute walk from Huddersfield Rail Station through the town centre.

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Woman laughing at the beach

Breathing Space

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hoot's specialist arts and dementia project funded by Kirklees Council and the Kirklees CCG. 

Breathing Space offers a range of free creative activities to people living with the early stages of dementia and carer or family member; promoting positive relationships, building confidence and enhancing wellbeing. 

The Breathing Space project has featured on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. Participants of the programme have exhibited their work at Holmfirth Art Festival and Huddersfield Art Gallery.

We believe that people living with dementia can still enjoy new challenges and learn new things with the right opportunities and approach. Our focus is always on the positive and what's possible, rather than what isn't. Skilled, experienced artists design and deliver our activities and strive to make participation a fun, stimulating, enlightening and uplifting experience for people with dementia and their partner or carer.  

For more information on the Breathing Space project contact Moira Wade 

Funded by

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Year of Music 2023

year of music

Kirklees is a district of world class music that stands proud on its rich and diverse musical heritage. Music is the beat of our heart, it is the sound of our communities, and it is the pulse of our towns and villages.

As part of the Yorkshire region’s plans for a Year of Culture in 2023, Kirklees has designated it as a Year of Music for the district. 2023 will celebrate the richness and diversity of our music heritage, the music created and performed today, and our ambition for the future, inclusive of all genres, all communities and in all forms.

In 2023, everyone will be able to encounter music in welcoming and friendly spaces and places; everyone will invited to be part of our music community, and everyone will be encouraged to experiment, learn, listen and enjoy.

hoot is proud to the Health and Wellbeing lead for Kirklees Year of Music 2023.

We know from our own experience that music can bring joy, comfort, fun, energy, movement and memories. Music can build social connections and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, enable self-expression and spiritual connection. It can also provide a safe space to experience strong human emotions within a cultural form that supports such public expression across a diverse and rich range of cultures and musical genres.

Scientific research is adding to our knowledge of how music impacts in these ways and how it can be used as a tool to:

•    reduce anxiety and contribute to maintaining good mental health and
emotional wellbeing
•    benefit the immune system
•    increase positive post-surgery outcomes
•    support physical exercise
•    improve the quality of life for those living with dementia
•    help with pain management

Across Kirklees, we are determined to work collaboratively to use this knowledge to benefit as many people as possible by developing solutions that build connections between Year of Music 2023 and our health, social care and community infrastructures including: GPs (general practice), Social Prescribers, charitable/voluntary sector, hospitals, residential care homes, libraries, support groups and the education sector.

We’re currently examining the evidence base for music and health, hearing about current good practice in arts, health and wellbeing, understanding health inequalities and priorities in Kirklees, mapping current music provision, developing relationships and partnerships with communities and stakeholders to enable us to deliver the following elements as part of the Year of Music:

Community music projects
Using music as tool to improve wellbeing, support mental health recovery, reduce social isolation and redress health inequalities. We’ll be co-producing music activities to support the health and wellbeing of underrepresented groups, delivering music activities to address specific health issues, improving the reach of successful hoot activities such as Out of the Blue and Breathing Space and commissioning and presenting artistic responses to health and wellbeing issues.

Influencing heart and minds to secure a legacy of support for music, health and wellbeing by building a network of support amongst local government, healthcare, culture and community leaders, increasing referrals to music activities through social prescribing and advocating for the benefits of music through events and fora.

Building, supporting and retaining a skilled workforce in Kirklees by delivering training and CPD for musicians, health and social care staff, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of musicians working in Kirklees and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of workers in Kirklees more broadly through music.

Building knowledge and understanding of the impact of participatory music on health and wellbeing through collaborative research projects and by evaluating our activities and sharing learning across the arts and health sectors.

To find out more about Health & Wellbeing and the Year of Music 2023, contact: 

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