Creative Cafe at Headway ArtSpace

We are holding a Creative Cafe event at Headway ArtSpace aimed at people who would like to try one of a range of creative arts workshops including printmaking, batik, felting, silk painting and artistic embroidery.

The workshops are for adults, are FREE to attend and take place on Thursday 16th March at 7pm and Saturday 8th April at 10am.

All materials are provided with friendly expert tuition for beginners and experienced creatives alike!


THURSDAY 16th MARCH 7pm – 9.30pm

Silk Painting with Hazel Millington
Embroidery with Hazel Thompson
Felt making with Rebecca De’Wessington
Print-making with Alison Walton-Robson

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 10am – 12.30pm

Batik with Claire Cooper
Embroidery with Hazel Thompson
Felt making with Rebecca De’Wessington
Print-making with Alison Walton-Robson

We are able to offer these creative sessions for FREE thanks to the support of the Pen & Palette Club Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

To book a place or for more details contact Headway Arts on 01670 351962 or


Creative Cafe March 16th and April 8th 2017
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Come On Down Festival

Come On Down Festival

Come On Down is our annual fantastic free festival of creativity by learning disabled people.

Join us for quality performances, exhibitions, talks and art by talented artists from across the north east.

4th, 5th and 6th April 2017

For booking enquiries contact Paul on 01670 351962 or



Communications and Engagement Worker

Communications and Engagement Internship

Job description

This new post offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly effective, self-motivated practitioner to work as part of a committed and enthusiastic team to develop new ways to help the community participate more fully in the arts, specifically encouraging people of all ages and abilities to become users of Headway Arts.

Working from Headway ArtSpace the Communications & Engagement Worker will be responsible for promoting the work and activities of Headway Arts, visiting both established groups and places where communities gather to develop relationships which will help break down the identified and perceived barriers. The role will also include marketing and publicity of activities on offer as well as meetings and presentations to key stakeholders. The focus will be on building relationships that will overcome the barriers to participation.

This is a 26 week paid internship at Headway Arts facilitated by Northumbria University Enterprise and Business Support (NEBS) and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Starting in July 2017 it is open to recent graduates of any UK university.

Specific duties and key responsibilities:

  • To work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement a programme which will engage those members of the community who do not currently access the arts.
  • To work closely with the senior Management team to develop an effective marketing strategy which will promote the activities of Headway Arts.
  • To work flexibly (and experimentally) developing relationships with potential participants and organisations; visiting established groups and places where people gather and developing relationships that will overcome the barriers to participation.
  • Promote workshops and events through a variety of means, including online.
  • Build links with local organisations to promote a wider range of opportunities to the local community.
  • Report regularly to the Senior Management Team.
  • Keep Creative Director/CEO aware of initiatives which could enrich the wider work of Headway Arts.
  • To continually record, document and evaluate the work being done throughout, using the evaluation to develop ideas within the project.
  • Provide a contact point for all project enquiries and ensure prompt responses are made.
  • Work alongside the Creative Director and administration team to generate publicity and marketing both to engage potential participants and raise awareness of the project.
  • Maintain effective social media promotions
  • Utilise opportunities to extend the work of Headway Arts.
  • Attend regular staff team meetings.
  • Represent Headway Arts at relevant networks events and other events linked to the role.
  • Identify and develop any additional necessary resources.

Other duties:

  • Contribute proactively to the wider work of Headway Arts as a supportive team member.
  • Adopt Headway Arts’ CoCreative methodology.
  • Observe Health and Safety regulations at all times and ensure adequate supervision is maintained for the Health and Safety of all participants.
  • Observe Headway Arts’ Equality & Diversity Policy and Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults policy.
  • Undertake training as necessary and deemed relevant to the project.
  • Undertake regular Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks as required by the project.

Please note: Recruitment will be subject to successful DBS Enhanced clearance.


Person requirements


  • A degree, with Marketing element preferred.
  • An interest in contemporary arts practice.
  • Up to date knowledge of current social media and networking platforms.
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds
  • and communities.
  • A willingness to take on and work with the ideas of others.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a busy team.
  • Demonstrable ability to motivate others.
  • Demonstrable ability to work on own initiative and to organise and prioritise workload.
  • Energy and enthusiasm for people.
  • Ability to recognise the different ways to work with different groups.
  • A flexible approach to working with individuals all with differing needs.
  • A positive attitude and an ability to find creative and flexible solutions.
  • Confidence to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • Willingness to undertake training, for example disability awareness and equality training and Headway Arts methodologies.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends if required.
  • Ability to work confidently with computers.


  • A commitment to one’s own professional development.
  • An understanding of the importance of evaluation.
  • A keen eye for detail and commitment to excellence.
  • A full clean driving licence.


Accepted degree subjects




£17,000 pro rata


Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time


How to apply

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to with Communications & Engagement Worker Application in the email subject line.

Closing date: 14/04/2017


A Blanket Full of Stories

Headway Arts proudly presents A BLANKET FULL OF STORIES with Releasing Potential

Join us on an adventure through the technicolour world of our imaginations. There is no one way of telling a story. We leave an impact upon everyone we meet in our lives, and so we become part of every story we are told…
This interactive storytelling experience is the culmination of a Releasing Potential training course, our unique award winning arts based training programme funded through the European Social Fund. It showcases the talents of the group who have been developing employability skills through the arts working alongside Headway Arts’ professional company.

We invite you to become part of the story on Wednesday 1st March from 3pm at Headway ArtSpace.

Carnival Club

Blyth Carnival Club

Headway Arts Bringing Back Blyth Carnival!

Following the roaring success of last year’s Tall Ships Carnival Parade produced by Headway Arts we are inviting the local community to take part in our Carnival Club.

Those eager to take an active role in re-inviting Blyth Town Carnival this year are welcome to join. No artistic skill is required, the sessions are free of charge and you can attend as often as you like. Everyone is welcome.

Sessions will initially take place on Tuesday each fortnight and cover different Carnival skills, such as creating large-scale sculptures, flags and banners. It’s a great social evening – there’s even tea and cake!

If you’d like to learn exciting new creative skills, adapt your old skills or pass on your artistic knowledge to others please join us every other Tuesday from 10th January, 4.30-6.30pm.

Contact Headway Arts on 01670 351962 or email if you’d like to know more.


Watch the video below for an idea of what it’s all about.



Carnival Creatures
Tuesday between 4.30 and 6.30pm on the 10th January, 24th January, 7th February, 21st February. Learn to make giant puppets using new and recycled materials.

Windy Things
Tuesday between 4.30 and 6.30pm on the 7th March, 21st March, 11th April, 25th April. Learn to make flags and banners and windsocks for parades.

Carnival Costume
Tuesday between 4.30 and 6.30pm on the 2nd May, 16th May, 30th May, 13th June.
Learn to make a variety of carnival costumes, hats and things to wear.

There will be additional opportunities to work towards staging the Blyth Carnival in June and July.

Bring your family and friends – bring a group – everyone is welcome.


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**Volunteers and Sponsors are needed to make this thing happen – please get in touch if you can help!**