Headway Arts

Headway Arts is Blyth’s leading professional arts organisation and registered charity established in 1995. We specialise in participatory arts with disadvantaged groups including learning disabled people of all ages.
Our Mission:

To offer high quality arts and cultural participation opportunities to communities in Northumberland and beyond

Our Aims:

  • Produce high quality art
  • Create environments where art can take place
  • Provide lifelong learning, training and employment opportunities
  • Offer platforms for expression & the exploration of creativity
  • Proactively encourage the engagement and representation of excluded groups
  • Offer a means to contribute to the cultural life of communities
  • Initiate informed debate and influence policy-making

Our Values:

  • Everyone is equal and everyone is different
  • Participation in the arts enables personal development and social inclusion
  • Participation in the arts is an entitlement for everyone
  • Creative contribution is of high value irrespective of the circumstance or background of the person
  • All participants have the right to make choices and determine their own creative engagement


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