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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.'

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

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.

Read an article in the Gateshead News about the programme that will be running Bensham and Teams.

And listen to a recording of their sound installation

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

We are now running Make Art Happen in Darlington. To view the course outline click here.

We are now running Make Art Happen with Peregrini in Northumberland. To view the course outline click here.

Make Art Happen Compact

Helix Arts is looking forward to piloting MAH compact by joining forces with Women's Health in South Tyneside and Sangini. To find out more see the flyer.

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