Whitestone Arts was founded as a private limited company in 2003 by playwrights Judith Adams and Michael White, artist/photographer Simon Warner, video and stage designer Leo Warner of 59 Productions, director/writer Gruffudd Jones and Robert Sharp, writer and campaigns manager for PEN. It now maintains a small, flexible centre that provides working space and accommodation for individuals or organizations wishing to explore creativity in a beautiful environment. The company produces work across artforms, using high and low technology to realise imaginative goals.
In memoriam Gruffudd Jones 1951-2013
Whitestone Arts has been a project base for 59 Productions, Duende, Red Saunders’ Hidden project, Verd de Gris and Opera North Projects. We have run our own weekend workshops on playwrighting, geology, drawing, dancing and ensemble performance, and have hosted short courses on Egyptian dance, playwrighting and Dalcroze musical training.
A number of projects have focused on walking as a core activity, including our own dance/film work Crossing the Line and the group performance 50 Steps. With both the Pennine Way and Brontë Way at its doorstep, Whitestone invites outdoor exercise and exploration.
The company is keen to develop new links with organisations wanting the space and facilities to develop ideas, to plan, research or dream. We offer a variety of work spaces plus occasional catering and accommodation, or groups can self-cater and be completely self-contained. The premises feel remote, but Leeds and Manchester are only an hour or so away by road.