Our Vision

To create an inspiring and welcoming cultural hub, providing high quality opportunities for arts participation that everyone across our local communities and beyond can access and enjoy.

Our Plan

Headway Arts have defined a 5 year development encompassing staged physical enhancements to the building complemented by a programme of existing projects and new work informed by the additional capacity the building offers.

During the next 5 years our aims are:

  • To purchase the building and hold it in trust to ensure it remains a permanent resource for Blyth
  • To enhance and preserve the building’s heritage by creating a modern space within the historical building; preserving its heritage and complementing the conservation area in which it resides
  • To maximise its use by the local community through enriching and stimulating creative opportunities
  • To establish an inspiring and welcoming cultural hub, a centre for innovation for arts and social inclusion, that explores and practices fully inclusive approaches to engagement in the arts
  • To transform and equip the building to create a state of the art venue for the region • To develop an exciting and diverse programme to encourage local participation
  • To integrate a new and vibrant home for Headway Arts to consolidate their successes both in the region and abroad
  • To develop a sustainable resource for the future of the arts in Blyth.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust