Satellites performing Comet Tales

CALL OUT – Associate Artists DRAMA

Background: Headway Arts is an inspirational cultural organisation. We run great participatory arts projects with diverse communities in and from our Headway ArtSpace in Blyth, Northumberland. We create wonderful opportunities for people of all backgrounds to participate in the cultural life of their communities, including the most disadvantaged groups. We especially aim to include learning disabled people of all ages. We are a multi award winning forward thinking combined arts organisation. We are also an Open College and can offer accredited lifelong learning courses.


2016 has seen us celebrating an amazing 21 years of cutting edge creativity. Throughout this era we have been pioneers in leading high quality participatory arts practice and have worked co-creatively with over 200,000 people. During this time we have developed and defined our own unique multi award winning ‘co-creative methodology’ with which we have trained and inspired arts practitioners across Europe. We also offer support to emerging artists through mentoring, salaried Internships and Creative Apprenticeships. Headway Arts have offered many of the northern region’s most accomplished socially engaged artists fantastic opportunities to train, learn, grow and develop their practice through our diverse local, national and international projects. Now our many alumni work in top organisations across the North East and beyond.


We are transforming The Old Church in Blyth into Headway ArtSpace, an inspirational international centre for participatory arts offering a variety of atmospheric flexible spaces for creative gatherings of all kinds. Described as ‘really something else!’ our brand new BigSpace was well and truly inaugurated during The Tall Ships Regatta. It offers an outstanding flexible space for music, dance, performance, exhibition and conference. As Creative Producers for this international event we provided a vibrant cultural hub, a sell-out Fringe Festival and the showstopping Community Carnival Parade. We did this through real collaborative partnership working. Watch Headway Arts at the Carnival.



Against this colourful background:

We are now recruiting for 2 great jobs in this amazing environment. We’re looking for adventurous, forward thinking, experimental, enthusiastic and committed theatre practitioners who would be eager to join our team of Associate Artists.

We are currently offering 2 x 12 week contracts leading our Satellites Drama Sessions – specifically for learning disabled people who are interested in exploring drama and learning theatre skills.

Fees: £120/day  (£30/hour) from Wednesday 1st February (contract 1) and from Thursday 2nd February (contract 2) . Any meetings required outside of session time to be paid additionally.


We are looking to: 

Support participants in devising 2 high quality 15-20 mins ensemble scratch shows – devised with the whole Satellites drama group. The process would include everyone’s ideas and reflect their interests, through engaging and enjoyable workshop sessions. The work created must be suitable to be shown at Headway Arts Spring Festival 2017. Dates tbc.


You would be expected to:

– Plan, develop and deliver wonderful weekly drama workshops

– Report to our Creative Director and agree workshop programme and progress

– Any Project admin (also supported by our Admin)

– Attend company meetings

– Contribute to data collection and other monitoring and evaluation as required by Admin

– Contribute to marketing the sessions

– Promote and disseminate work on social media

– Liaise with our Social Care Intern who looks after the pastoral needs of the group.


Expression of interest:

Send a proposal, a CV with 300 words about your practice, and why you’d like to be part of the Headway Arts creative team. Provide links to 3 past projects and 2 references.

Those shortlisted will then be invited to a panel interview and to run a workshop with Satellites as part of the process. The group will be involved in the selection of candidates.

Closing date: 14th January 2017
Interviews: 23rd January 2017

To: Alison Walton-Robson, Creative Director, Headway Arts, The Old Church, Waterloo Road, Blyth, NE24 1BY. Email:


Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Join us on our annual sponsored walk on Thursday 17th November at 4pm. The route will be different this year! We will set off from Headway ArtSpace and walk to Blyth beach via Ridley Park, and we’ll be doing this year’s walk as a lantern-lit procession. See some photos below from our previous lantern walks to get an idea of what it will look like.

Can’t make it? Please consider sponsoring us.


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How to get involved

Join us on the walk.

Sponsor us.

Tell people about the event.

Share our posts on Facebook & Twitter.

Stick one of our posters & sponsor forms up at work.

Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival

As part of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta celebrations we have a weekend of exciting events on offer at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth! Join us from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August for creative arts workshops, live music, a performance by our very own Seven Stars Theatre Co, and more. View or Download our Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival lineup.

Sagas From The Seven Seas

On Saturday 27th August we’d love to invite you along to take part in the carnival parade which takes place just after the Crew Parade at 3pm. Come along to our free Carnival Club workshops on Tuesdays if you’d like to create something for the parade, from fish hats and jellyfish umbrellas to viking ships and giant puppets, there’s all sorts of creations to made and paraded. Read more about Carnival Club.


Tickets for our daytime events are available from or on the door on the day.

Tickets for Set The Scene Promotions’ evening gigs are available from Saturday  Sold Out & Sunday. Weekend tickets also available Sold Out. (Evening tickets are selling fast and will not be available on the door.)

Fringe Festival Events

Friday 26th August

11am – 12 noon: Tall As A Ship
Hat making workshop with artist Allie Walton-Robson creating hats to wear in the parade.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


1pm – 2pm: Yachts & Knots
Yarn bombing workshop with Sheila Biggs.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


1pm – 3pm: Beside The Seaside with Bill, Reg & Friends
Review with wonderful Blyth singers featuring music on our magnificent Binns Organ, including The Seven Stars Theatre Co’s A Swedish Story told by Friendly Pirates with shadow puppets!
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


4pm – 6pm: Tales From The Four Winds & Tea Party
with storyteller Gary Cordingley, including afternoon stottie & tea
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


6.30pm – 8.30pm: The Cornstalkers
A taste of American Bluegrass on fiddle, banjo and mandolin.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


Saturday 27th August

11am – 12 noon: Nordic Tales
Magical stories from the lands of our friends across the North Sea with storyteller Gary Cordingley.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


12.15pm: Bell & Bullock Circus Theatre with ‘Cabin Fever’
Legends in their own lifeboat bring us their marvellous maritime mayhem.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


3pm: The Crew Parade followed closely by Sagas From The Seven Seas
Join us for the Carnival Parade through Blyth town centre.
No tickets necessary. Get in touch with us if you’d like to be part of the parade!


6pm – 8pm: Shaw Clark Project and Driven Serious
Shaw Clark Project, Blyth’s own eclectic folk rock duo, followed by
Driven Serious, melodic exciting fun folk punk pirates with energetic guitar & vibrant vocals.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


8.30pm till late: Set the Scene Promotions music event 
All tickets sold out


Sunday 28th August

11am – 12 noon: Silk Banners
Have a wander through Keel Row Shopping Centre to see our maritime-themed silk banners made with local people of all ages and abilities.


12 noon – 1pm: Yachts & Knots
Yarn bombing workshop with Sheila Biggs.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


1pm – 2pm: Seaside Strummers
From the serious to the ridiculous fun Nautical Ukuleles!
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


4pm – 5pm: Jacqui Jim & Bob
Folk ballads & toe tapping tunes with squeeze box and harmony.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


6pm – 8pm: Shaw Clark Project and Tony Bengtsson Trio
Shaw Clark Project, our 21st century Sonny & Cher, followed by
Tony Bengtsson Trio, socially conscious modern Americana/country rock with glorious vocal harmonies.
Tickets £3, available from or on the door


8.30pm till late: Set the Scene Promotions music event
Music from blues legend Paul Lamb & The King Snakes with support from awesome local lads Clippah and a cracking act Bad Bob Bates.
Tickets cost £8 and a there’s a small number still available from as of 16th August. Tickets for this event are not available on the door.


Fringe Festival Lineup
Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival


Are you a Northumberland based photographer or part of a photography club?

Would you like your photography to be exhibited in a street art gallery as part of the Tall Ships Regatta Celebrations?

Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland, Culture Creative and Headway Arts are working together in partnership on this great initiative to give Northumberland based photographers the chance to exhibit their work on a grand scale along the beach road in Blyth.

100 Photos will be printed on a large 8′ by 4′ boards and will transform fencing along Wensleydale Terrace in Blyth into a beautiful street gallery to be viewed along this main route by thousands of people enjoying the event.

The theme of the exhibition is ‘The space between us – Blyth to Gothenburg’. Exhibition curator Allie Walton-Robson Creative Director at Headway Arts will be looking for work which interprets this in an imaginative way, this could be anything from wonderful landscapes that have already been captured to figurative work made specially for the exhibition – it is open to artistic interpretation.

Criteria for submissions:

  • you must live in Northumberland
  • provide your name & address & email
  • upload no more than 5 submissions
  • ensure you have named/labelled files with your details before uploading
  • meet printers requirements
    1. Resolution: 150 DPI
    2. Format : JPEG
    3. Upload : Upload your submissions to a Folder in Google Drive and share with (You must share to our Google Drive – emailed submissions will not be accepted.)
  • only images which are thought to interpret the theme will be selected
  • organisers decisions are final

Deadline: by July 18th

NB: We can’t accept any files or info after this date.

See our guide on how to submit your photos using Google Drive.