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Arts and Media Co-production with everyone.
Whatever your age, ability or circumstance.
Helix Arts logo
Arts and Media Co-production with everyone.
Whatever your age, ability or circumstance.

Make Art Happen

Helix Arts Make Art Happen is a training programme for community and voluntary organisations who want to produce their own arts residencies or festivals. Trainees learn how to design, deliver and manage an arts project. Specific modules over 8 sessions include artist recruitment, marketing, financial control, production, evaluation, fundraising and sustainability.

The training programme gives participants the opportunity to apply their newly found knowledge and expertise in a “real life” arts programme – with support from Helix Arts Creative Producer.

Participants will then have the skills, motivation and confidence to produce their own arts programmes in their own communities.

We collaborate with community and voluntary organisations who are committed to helping individuals within their local community to set up and manage ongoing arts programmes for, and with, their local community. We recommend a joint assessment of the organisation’s level of experience at the outset to ensure we produce a bespoke, fit for purpose package.

Helix Arts MAH will require a dedicated member of staff to collaborate on the programme and help trainees keep on track. The MAH support worker will ensure the whole organisation feels ownership of the training and arts programme.

Participants are likely to have an interest in the arts already and a commitment to improving cultural and social inclusion in their community. They will need to be able to commit to the whole programme.

Recent participants have told us that:

'It’s brill. I feel great for days after I leave. It’s a real lifeline.'

'The breakdown of the modules makes it really easy to understand and remember.'

'I liked all of the sessions, but most of all I liked the discussions that we had.'

Download the Course Content

Download a Visual Overview of Make Art Happen

Download the Evaluation Report

Download Make Art Happen Case Studies

Helix Arts MAH has now run in 6 communities across the North East. If you’d like to join the next cohort do contact us. Email: [email protected]

Read an article in the Shields Gazette about the programme we have been running in South Tyneside.

And listen to a recording of their sound installation

Bensham and Teams Make Art Happen group created a musical sculpture from up-cycled materials.

Dabble Dabble's Chris Folwell created three sets of instructions for making your own musical instruments, available to download below:

Make Art Happen Compact

We have also developed a compact version of Make Art Happen that trainees can complete in a much shorter timeframe. The programme is still a mixture of learning and doing. Trainees complete an introductory course of core skills needed over 2 days. They then form a project team to deliver a small scale funded arts project in their community.

"All of the course was really useful not just for the current art project we're running but for future ones and general life experience. I now feel better equipped in future...The huge difference that art projects can make to the lives of communities has really been made apparent." Trainee Josephine Butler College, Durham University

For more information and to chat about how Make Art Happen can help you and your community, do get in touch with Kate by email or telephone 0191 241 4931.

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