ENERGIES: Blyth’s Industrial Pasts and Energy Futures

ENERGIES is a new exhibition which features work by nine regional artists to explore how industrial change is affecting Blyth.

Work by artists from The Stars and Headway Arts’ Creative Director Allie Walton-Robson feature in the exhibition, which has been commissioned by Newcastle University as part of a larger research project that has a creative and participatory ethos at its core.

The artworks express how the artists see Blyth’s industrial past linking to the transformation and the types of energy used to sustain both life and work.

The aim is to cultivate a wider inclusive discussion about how renewable energy industries are understood and received by local communities with a fossil fuel industrial heritage.

Visitors are encouraged to share their own thoughts and reactions to Blyth’s energy futures.

ENERGIES consists of two separate exhibits curated by Dr Clifton Evers, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, and it will also be available to  view online. You can visit the main exhibition at Headway Arts and the satellite exhibition at  RePUBlic Gallery, (just a short walk away from Headway Arts through Blyth town centre.)

Artists: The Stars, Headway Arts; Russell Coleman; Michael Cunliffe; James Davoll; Ronan Devlin; Clifton Evers; Robert (Bobzilla) Page; Beth J Ross; Alison Walton- Robson.

Open Friday 9th – Sunday 25th July 2021, 12pm – 5pm in the BigSpace at Headway Arts. Booking not required. Social distancing & Covid-safety measures in place.


>> Read more here:  Newcastle University Press Office.

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