Blue Flag

Inspiration Exploration is a creative partnership which brings together The Blyth Tall Ship and Headway Arts, two of Northumberland’s most visionary organisations.

Two hundred years ago The Williams was a tall ship built and owned by Captain William Smith, a man born and raised in Blyth. During a trading voyage he discovered Antarctica but was never credited with the discovery. The Williams Expedition aims to restore a working tall ship as the Williams II in Blyth, then to recreate the original expedition with a local crew sailing her south to Cape Horn and Antarctica 200 years after the original discovery.

Headway Arts create highly inclusive participatory projects which offer world-class opportunities for people to contribute to the cultural life of their communities. To help celebrate and champion this important local hero, Headway Arts have devised a comprehensive arts programme with The Blyth Tall Ship beginning Spring/Summer 2018 which creatively tells the Williams Story.

BLUE FLAG – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST

An installation of over 600 handmade blue sailcloth flags illustrating this journey of discovery to Antarctica made by 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.

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We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Coastal Communities Fund
  • Erasmus+
  • ESF FLag
  • Esmee Fairbairn
  • Greater Northumberland
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Sir James Knott Trust