Come on Down 2015

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On Tuesday 1st December, we had groups from all over Northumberland and Tyne and Wear come down to us in Blyth to perform, support and share. Groups included Parkhead Centre, Braena, Pottergate Centre, FilmAble from Haltwhistle Film Project, Liberdade, North Star Centre, Tynedale Centre to name a few. With a range of performances, films and the very exciting COME ON DOWN game, it was really a fantastic day had by all.

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North Star performing at Come on Down 2015

On Wednesday 2nd December, we had Mind the Gap join us for our workshop day. Mind the Gap are England’s largest learning disabled theatre company and came to us all the way from Bradford. Supported by bait, Mind the Gap’s group of 2 non-disabled artists and 6 disabled artists facilitated two workshops while Headway Arts’ associate artist Tom Burton facilitated the other two. Everyone who attended got to experience at least one workshop. Attendees included The Twisting Ducks, students from Cleaswell Hill School, learning disabled artists from Tynedale Centre in Hexham and The Pottergate Centre in Alnwick, as well as our artists from Headway Arts.

Headway Arts’ workshops explored the Come on Down 2015 theme of adventure with Tom discussing alternative dream holiday destinations and asking artists to put pen to paper.

Mind the Gap’s workshops also played with our theme of adventure through fun games and exercises that were thoroughly enjoyed by all. In the afternoon, the workshop has a specific focus – the legacy of the Magna Carta.

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The final day of Come on Down was another performance day for Headway Arts’ Learning Disabled Theatre Company. The Stars presented Comet Tales, their original drama set in a galaxy far, far away powered only by the starlight of their dreams. Supported by an audience including The Dales School, Blyth Riverside Centre, Headway Arts’ family and friends, it was a lovely round off to Come on Down. We are all already looking forward to next year!
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Come on Down was generously supported by the Hadrian Trust who paid for creative facilitation and food and by Bait (Woodhorn Museum) who paid for the visit by Mind the Gap. Additional costs were met by the fundraising efforts of members of Seven Stars.

Conjunction is an immersive installation which combines soundscape with projections. November 2015 at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth. Book your free tour today.

Conjunction

We are delighted to announce that our Conjunction exhibition will run from Monday 9th November to Thursday 19th November at Headway ArtSpace in Blyth.

Part of our New Worlds project funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, Conjunction is an immersive installation which combines soundscape from sound artist Jack Burton with projections from Alison Walton-Robson.

The exhibition is a reflection on the creative journey of Learning Disabled artists, who have been exploring and challenging perceptions of their contribution to mainstream art and culture through their involvement in our New Worlds Project.

New Worlds aligned with our Come Together Project, funded by The Big Lottery Reaching Communities, offers Northumberland a comprehensive, high quality artistic programme which champions and supports the full participation of learning disabled artists in the cultural life of their communities.

Alison Walton-Robson, Creative Director at Headway Arts explains: ‘with Conjunction, we are using space as a metaphor and invite the viewer to take time to listen and look beyond their usual horizons, to think about our imagery and question their own expectations. We are creating an intimate space within Headway ArtSpace for this to happen – an interesting platform for learning disabled creatives to be seen, talked about and their voices heard.’

If you would like to see how our co-creative approach works and witness the real sense of ownership, achievement and pride that our learning disabled artists feel about their work, book in to see Conjunction.

Dates and times are as follows:

Monday 9th November – preview for friends and family: 2pm

Tuesday 10th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Wednesday 11th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Thursday 12th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Monday 16th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Tuesday 17th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Wednesday 18th November: 3pm at our Annual General Meeting

Thursday 19th November: 11am  /  2pm  /  4pm

Free entry. Booking is essential. Email us at admin@headwayarts.co.uk or phone us on 01670351962 to book.

Conjunction is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

 

 

 

 

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