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The NASH

Welcome to The NASH - a studio space in Hawes in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. We host a Saturday dance school and run a small programme of arts and heritage projects including theatre, puppetry, film, poetry, talks and summer schools.  We work with a range of dynamic partners: Janet Seymour School of Theatre Dance, Rural Arts, Eden Arts, Swaledale FestivalLempen Puppet Theatre Company and Dales Countryside Museum.  Keep up-to-date on Facebook @TheNashHawes.

Click here for news of our latest project The Story of Schools in the Upper Dales, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park's Sustainable Development Fund.  

The NASH is short for ‘National School Hawes’: the building dates from 1845 and was originally a school, then a church-run community space, until it fell out of use.  Emily Rowe Rawlence and Andrew Fagg bought the building in 2014 with the aim of bringing it back to life and The NASH re-opened in March 2016. The space is approx 10 x 8 metres and has a sprung wooden dance floor as well as tables, chairs and an accessible toilet.

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