First Blue Flag Workshops

Blue Flag-Artist's Impression

We had the first of our Blue Flag workshops with Collingwood School today. Some lovely flags made for our Blue Flag Project installation on Blyth Beach in August 2018!

Blue Flag workshop - Collingwood School Blue Flag workshop - Collingwood School Blue Flag workshop - Collingwood School (boat)

Blue Flag is an installation of over 600 handmade blue sailcloth flags illustrating the journey of discovery to Antarctica made by Blyth lad Captain William Smith and the crew of the Williams. Headway Arts is working with local people using exciting cyanotype photoreactive and printmaking techniques on the coast creating an ephemeral flurry of colour and movement.

Flags will appear along the tideline near to Blyth iconic beach huts on Sunday 19 August from dawn till dusk, responding to the turn of the tides.

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