In 2013 Headway Arts moved into the former United Reformed Church on Waterloo Road in Blyth with the intention of bringing a new lease of life to this much loved and iconic building. Headway ArtSpace will become a dedicated multi-use art space for South East Northumberland offering engaging creative and cultural opportunities for the whole community, in particular those who get the least opportunity to participate.
With the generous support of the SITA Trust, Coastal Revival Fund, Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust, Northumberland County Council and the Joicey Trust we have succeeded in completing the first phase of refurbishment to the building. This phase has included opening up the ground floor of the church as a multi-use performance and arts space installing a new heating system, structural repairs and increasing disabled access in the building.
Future developments will see outstanding multi-use facilities, including exhibition space, theatre and arts studios, meeting and conference space for use by the local community, partners organisations, resident artists and visitors from this country and abroad.
An alternative ‘fringe festival’ is being planned for the Tall Ships event next summer and working with local and visiting artists, musicians and volunteers to create an arts trail, arts market, live performance, music and maritime themed workshops – something a little bit different for all the family and visitors to the town.
There is still lots of work to do to reach our goal, if anyone would like to get involved, rent Headway ArtSpace as a venue, or can offer support or sponsorship we’d love to hear from them. Contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org T:01670351962 W: www.headwayarts.co.uk