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.


Carnival Club

Carnival Club

This page is about Old Carnival Club (2016) – find out about NEW Carnival Club (2017)!


Our weekly Carnival Club started on Tuesday 21st June and runs until Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at Headway ArtSpace.

Local people of all ages and experience are invited to come and work alongside us to create and paint decorative sails, and design costumes and giant puppets on the themes of ‘Sagas of the Seven Seas’ for the Carnival procession taking place on Saturday 27th August at 3pm.

Carnival Club is free to attend and runs from 4pm-7.30pm.

Suggested times are 4-5pm for young people (from 11 years old), 5-7.30pm for families and individuals. You can pop in for a little while or stay the whole evening.

The street drumming workshop runs from 6.30pm until about 8pm (depending on the group.)

We’d love to hear from individuals, dance, arts and musical groups who’d like to make a costume or join our community band or participate in a colourful parade: 


Remaining Dates:


Tuesday 23rd August – Dress Rehearsal, 4.00-7.30pm


Thursday 25th August – Dress Rehearsal, 4.00-7.30pm


Facebook users can invite their friends via our Events.

View/Download the Carnival Club poster.

Download Carnival Club poster

General Call Out: Freelance Artist

This is a general call out for freelance artists to work with our Satellites groups.

We are inviting expressions of interest from socially engaged artists who are interested in future collaboration. We will be offering a number of freelance contracts and commissions for associate artists over the coming year including: theatre, dance, music, circus, visual arts, digital tech and writing and Satellites sessions.

Read on for more info…



Headway Arts New Worlds is an ambitious project which puts the cultural contribution of learning disabled people centre stage supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

New Worlds offers a broad spectrum of high quality arts opportunities to learning disabled people across the region. There are three main elements:

1. Satellites: engaging weekly creative and performing arts workshops at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth, aiming to inspire new creative journeys.
2. The Seven Stars our flagship performing arts company of actors who are learning disabled including professional training, development and performance opportunities touring locally, nationally and internationally.
3. Supernova:

Collaboration – produced a new play ‘Always the Bridesmaid’ by Mike Kenny with roles specially written for a learning disabled actors.

Conjunction – an immersive installation combining art-forms, with digital imagery and soundscape to explore and challenge perceptions of learning disabled artists’ contribution to ‘mainstream’ culture and platforming Headway Arts’ co-creative methodology.

We believe New Worlds aligned with our Come Together project (supported by The Big Lottery Fund) offers the region a most comprehensive high quality artistic programme which will champion & support fuller participation of learning disabled people in the cultural life of their communities.

ARTIST CALL OUT – Expression of Interest

What we have termed our ‘co-creative methodology’ is at the heart of Headway Arts and we have the pleasure to invite expressions of interest from socially engaged artists who are interested in future collaboration. We will be offering a number of freelance contracts and commissions for associate artists over the coming year including: theatre, dance, music, circus, visual arts, digital tech and writing and Satellites sessions.

This year we are delighted to now celebrate our 21st birthday – throughout this era we have been pioneers in participatory arts practice and worked co-creatively with over 65,000 people. We are proud to have offered many of the northern region’s most accomplished socially engaged artists fantastic opportunities to learn, grow and develop their practice within our local, national and international projects. During this time we have developed and defined our multi award winning ‘co-creative methodology’ in which we have trained arts practitioners across Europe. Currently undergoing a step change, we are transforming The Old Church in Blyth into Headway ArtSpace an inspirational centre for participatory arts.

We are looking for adventurous, forward thinking, dynamic, hardworking, enthusiastic and exciting practitioners who would be eager to contribute to this next inspiring phase of our voyage working as part of our inclusive organisation.

Expression of interest:

Send a CV with 300 words about your practice, proposal and why you’d like to be part of the Headway Arts creative team. Provide links to 3 past projects and 2 references by 31st May 2016. Those shortlisted will then be invited to a panel interview and to run a workshop as part of the commissioning process. Dates tbc.

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


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