Creative Cafe at Headway ArtSpace

We are holding a Creative Cafe event at Headway ArtSpace aimed at people who would like to try one of a range of creative arts workshops including printmaking, batik, felting, silk painting and artistic embroidery.

The workshops are for adults, are FREE to attend and take place on Thursday 16th March at 7pm and Saturday 8th April at 10am.

All materials are provided with friendly expert tuition for beginners and experienced creatives alike!

 

THURSDAY 16th MARCH 7pm – 9.30pm

Silk Painting with Hazel Millington
Embroidery with Hazel Thompson
Felt making with Rebecca De’Wessington
Print-making with Alison Walton-Robson

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 10am – 12.30pm

Batik with Claire Cooper
Embroidery with Hazel Thompson
Felt making with Rebecca De’Wessington
Print-making with Alison Walton-Robson

We are able to offer these creative sessions for FREE thanks to the support of the Pen & Palette Club Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

To book a place or for more details contact Headway Arts on 01670 351962 or admin@headwayarts.co.uk

 

Creative Cafe March 16th and April 8th 2017
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Come On Down Festival

Come On Down Festival

Come On Down is our annual fantastic free festival of creativity by learning disabled people.

Join us for quality performances, exhibitions, talks and art by talented artists from across the north east.

4th, 5th and 6th April 2017

For booking enquiries contact Paul on 01670 351962 or comeondown@headwayarts.co.uk

 

 

Come on Down 2015

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On Tuesday 1st December, we had groups from all over Northumberland and Tyne and Wear come down to us in Blyth to perform, support and share. Groups included Parkhead Centre, Braena, Pottergate Centre, FilmAble from Haltwhistle Film Project, Liberdade, North Star Centre, Tynedale Centre to name a few. With a range of performances, films and the very exciting COME ON DOWN game, it was really a fantastic day had by all.

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North Star performing at Come on Down 2015

On Wednesday 2nd December, we had Mind the Gap join us for our workshop day. Mind the Gap are England’s largest learning disabled theatre company and came to us all the way from Bradford. Supported by bait, Mind the Gap’s group of 2 non-disabled artists and 6 disabled artists facilitated two workshops while Headway Arts’ associate artist Tom Burton facilitated the other two. Everyone who attended got to experience at least one workshop. Attendees included The Twisting Ducks, students from Cleaswell Hill School, learning disabled artists from Tynedale Centre in Hexham and The Pottergate Centre in Alnwick, as well as our artists from Headway Arts.

Headway Arts’ workshops explored the Come on Down 2015 theme of adventure with Tom discussing alternative dream holiday destinations and asking artists to put pen to paper.

Mind the Gap’s workshops also played with our theme of adventure through fun games and exercises that were thoroughly enjoyed by all. In the afternoon, the workshop has a specific focus – the legacy of the Magna Carta.

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The final day of Come on Down was another performance day for Headway Arts’ Learning Disabled Theatre Company. The Stars presented Comet Tales, their original drama set in a galaxy far, far away powered only by the starlight of their dreams. Supported by an audience including The Dales School, Blyth Riverside Centre, Headway Arts’ family and friends, it was a lovely round off to Come on Down. We are all already looking forward to next year!
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Come on Down was generously supported by the Hadrian Trust who paid for creative facilitation and food and by Bait (Woodhorn Museum) who paid for the visit by Mind the Gap. Additional costs were met by the fundraising efforts of members of Seven Stars.

Conjunction Exhibition 2015

“Conjunction was an inspiring piece, documenting incredible work. The collection of words, pictures, photographs and video played with the soundscapes easily filled the whole environment, transporting me to all the wonderful locations in the imagery. The surround shape of the exhibit worked really well to help the audience actively explore between the two screens. The sounds and noises coming from the multiple speakers continued to impress me with subtle vibrations and rumbles, a moving sensory experience. Thank you for memories that will be with me for as long as I am about”

– 9/11/15 Joseph Robson –

Conjunction: 9th-19th November 2015

Part of our New Worlds project funded by Arts Council England, through Grants for the Arts, Conjunction was an immersive installation which combined soundscape from sound artist Jack Burton with projections from Alison Walton-Robson.

The exhibition was a reflection on the creative journey of Learning Disabled artists, who have been exploring and challenging perceptions of their contribution to mainstream art and culture through their involvement in Headway Arts’ New Worlds Project.

New Worlds aligned with Headway Arts’ Come Together Project, funded by The Big Lottery Reaching Communities, offers Northumberland a comprehensive, high quality artistic programme which champions and supports the full participation of learning disabled artists in the cultural life of their communities.

Alison Walton-Robson, Creative Director at Headway Arts explained: ‘with Conjunction, we are using space as a metaphor and invite the viewer to take time to listen and look beyond their usual horizons, to think about our imagery and question their own expectations. We are creating an intimate space within Headway ArtSpace for this to happen – an interesting platform for learning disabled creatives to be seen, talked about and their voices heard.’

 

What they said

“Great to see the process unfold within a beautiful installation environment.”

“Very relaxing and atmospheric. Enjoyable.”