There are three free exhibitions in the town centre, starting with a one-day exhibition of work – including hand-coiled pots of all sizes – by Kolbe and Pam Bassington at The Friends Meeting House on Saturday 19th May from 10am-5pm.

Also starting on the 19th May is an exhibition of original art by Alison Hill including drawings, textile art and paintings. It’s at Crown Street Art Gallery until Thursday 5 July and will be open during standard library opening hours, except during events.

Young artist Adam Plumb is exhibiting his original work based on the Tibetan artform Thangka. Free entry to the Darlington Town Hall exhibition space during its standard opening hours, from 21 May to 6 July.

An exhibition showcasing a range of railway posters from the Head of Steam’s collection is at the museum’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery, North Road Station, normal entrance fee applies, from Saturday 19th May to Sunday 8th July.

On Sunday 20th May 2pm-4pm, at The Friends Meeting House, the whole family can enjoy a relaxed, untutored life-drawing session with a clothed life model in various costumes. No booking required, please just pay on the door; £4 for adults, £2 for children (under 16).

Finally, there will be half-term activities and crafts on offer at Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam, North Road Station. Events are included in admission and yearly passes and will take place daily from 29th May to 1st June 10am-3pm.

19 May Hand Coiled Pots – exhibition Friends Meeting House
19 May to 5 July Different Facets – exhibition Crown Street Art Gallery
19 May to 6 July Thangka art exhibition Darlington Town Hall
19 May to 8 July Posters Exhibition Head of Steam
20 May Lust For Life Drawing – the family session Friends Meeting House
29 May to 1 June Family Arts and Crafts Head of Steam