Fly your flag for Great Northumberland 2018!

Blue Flag - artist's impression

Headway Arts is offering free creative workshops to Northumberland community groups.

We have some availability next week (23-27 July 2018) for Blue Flag Project workshops at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth.

Each workshop runs for approximately 2 hours and is suitable for most ages.

Please get in touch to find out more or to book:



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 (Blyth 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.

On Sunday 19th August Headway Arts will unveil an installation of 600 blue sailcloth flags illustrating this journey of discovery by Williams. We are working with local people to create the flags which will appear along the tideline near to Blyth’s iconic beach huts from dawn till dusk.



Yes! We have 2 free workshops running on Wednesday 25th July at Headway ArtSpace – Blue Flag Coffee Morning 10am-12pm, and Blue Flag Creative Cafe 1pm-4pm.
Drop in to either of these sessions to take part. Get in touch with us to find out about other drop-in workshops:


Blue Flag Coffee Morning

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