Ayont Arts is a community arts movement based in the North East which uses techniques such as Socially Engaged Arts, Drama in Education, Sound and Noise art to help inspire and encourage social change, community cohesion and individual progression.


The word “Ayont” (pronounced eye-ont), originates from ancient Northumbria and roughly translates into modern English to mean “Beyond”.


We, at Ayont Arts, aim to transcend the expected and the ordinary; creating new ideas, new experiences and new opportunities.

Meet the Team

Lauren Sanderson is a community facilitator, practitioner, stage manager and socially engaged artist living in the North East.



Since graduating from The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with a  BA (Hons) first class in Community Drama last year, Lauren has gone on to work with numerous theatre groups and organisations including Workie Ticket Theatre, Scatterbrains, Scripto and Sanctuary Network Morpeth. Lauren is currently studying her for her masters in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Durham University. 



Lauren is the founder and Artistic Director of Ayont which she set up in 2016!

Matt Dunbar is a musician, composer, sound designer, music producer, recording engineer and live sound engineer living in the North East.


Since graduating from York St John University with a  BA (Hons) in Music Production, Matt has worked with a variety of different North East artists such as Melissa Rose and Bares, He has also gone on to become a best selling artist in his own right, hitting #1 on the Amazon Folk Charts with his debut EP home. In addition to that, he has also worked with the RSPB, the National Trust and independent film makers on several different projects. Matt is currently working as a Sound Designer for the Indie Video Game ‘Beware of the Dark’.

Matt has also worked at several different recording studios such as Abbey Road and is currently resident engineer at West Wing Studios in Ashington. He also works as a live sound engineer at several venues across the North East and for several different North East PA companies.

Matt is the sound designer and production engineer for Ayont.

Our Associates

JoJo Kirtley

Writer and Artist Director of Workie Ticket Theatre Company

Megan McCoull 

Artist for Unique Me

Katherine Dallimore of

Watt Productions Animation Studio


Lauren Sanderson

Company Director


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