Headway Arts is a multi-award winning professional arts company, registered charity and National Portfolio Organisation led by people with lived experience of disability and their allies.

We make art. All kinds of art.



We’ve been offering opportunities for people to realise their creative potential since 1995. We specialise in inclusive practices, cocreating work with people who might not otherwise have access to the arts because of cultural, economic or geographical disadvantage.


Charitable Purpose

Our charitable objectives are “to advance education for the public benefit through the promotion of the arts with particular but not exclusive reference to the dramatic arts.”


Principal Activity, Aims and Objectives

In delivering our charitable purpose we strive to offer high quality arts and cultural participation opportunities to communities in Northumberland and beyond.


Our aims are to:

  • 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 are that:

  • 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.


Additional info:

We’re based in Blyth, south east Northumberland, in The Old Church on Waterloo Road.

  View our accounts on the Companies House website. Our company number is 3006904.


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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
  • Scope
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust