Arts & Culture

Director for Arts & Culture: Frank Rescigno

“If you are interested in arts & culture, have an idea relating to this area, or you are looking for a new interest please contact us. We would love to hear from you.”



The Arts & Culture Group works to provide artistic and cultural activity to the people of Morpeth and the surrounding areas. The group regularly meet to discuss projects, activities and ideas.

We offer a variety of cultural events: monthly Morpeth Community Cinema on the first Friday of the month; annual Morpeth Movie Weekend (usually February); professional theatre with the Northumberland Theatre Company 2 to 3 times per year; and our latest offering Morpeth Theatre Evenings which we initiated in May 2018 with a production from the National Theatre, London of ‘The Audience’ starring Helen Mirren – we plan to have 2 of these special evenings each year.

A new weekend event Morpeth Book Festival was planned by GMDT, in partnership with Northumberland Libraries. The inaugural event took place on Sat 9th & Sun 10th April 2022, and we hope this will now become an annual literary event in our calendar.

Plus each July we organise ‘Picnic in the Park’ – a fabulous free & friendly family fun community event in Carlisle Park.

GMDT and Northumberland County Council are currently exploring the potential for a new Morpeth Arts Venue, and we undertook a research questionnaire engagement during July 2022 to guage the support within our local community. The proposal is to create a 200-250 seat multi-purpose, adaptable and flexible venue that can accommodate theatre, cinema, pantomime, concerts, comedy, dance, and live screenings. The venue could also have space for community workshops, a gallery and café.

The group is currently looking for new members and would like to extend to a more varied age group, specifically youth and 30 something’s. We are looking to provide activities that will appeal to a more varied audience. Please visit our GMDT Volunteers page for further information.

We also work with several GMDT Associate Member community partners:

Mid Northumberland Chorus

Morpeth Art Group

Morpeth Music Society

Morpeth Pantomime Society

St George’s Community Players

Index to Sub Groups

  1. Morpeth Arts Venue
  2. Morpeth Book Festival
  3. Morpeth Community Cinema
  4. Morpeth Theatre Evening
  5. Picnic in the Park
  6. Partnership: Northumberland Theatre Company