We have set up a centre for art, design & nature, a place to stimulate your senses, to make people aware of all the artistic beauty nature has to offer and of the influence nature has on art. Just outside Crayke we spotted an ideal location for our idea.

So what is going on at Dutch house?
A café with an arts & crafts shop. A diverse mix of art from local artists is for sale or just there for you to enjoy whilst having a cup of tea. In the café you can enjoy real Dutch specialities (pancakes, stroopwafels, etc) The courtyard offers comfortable seating and displays sculptures and plants. The whole setting is surrounded by an ecological sculpture garden, a perfect place to unwind, learn about ecological gardening and admire the cohesion between art and nature. There will be a kids nature zone in the garden. In the large art studio we offer a variety of courses/workshops involving art & nature, give lectures on specific topics, organise exhibitions and ‘after school’ projects / kids' clubs / children's parties! We will also offer Holiday experiences, involving art or nature. For example: wildlife sketching, field painting trip on the moors, garden tours, etc.

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August 21, 2010

Spotted Fly Catcher

We are thrilled with the discovery of a nesting Spotted Fly Catcher here at the Dutch House. This rare bird, at the moment on the Red list according to the RSPD, has nested in the wall of the art studio. The birds return to the same nest every year to lay there eggs. The male is usually absent in hatching the young birds, apparently because he has more than one wife......... We have hardly seen the male, and the female was often off the nest. This gave us a good chance to look at the eggs and in a later stadium at the young chicks. There are four chicks in total, and they are growing rapidly. The nest is getting really crowded (picture). Last week the young finally have left the nest. We feel proud to have been able to witness there first steps in the natural world.

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