Make Art Happen is a modular training programme for community volunteers and support workers. Our Creative Producers share expertise and knowledge to encourage and enable non-specialists to deliver their own arts residencies within their own communities. MAH is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
We are proud to announce the start of Helix ArCH: the co-production of a work of art with residents and staff at a Residential Care Home in North Tyneside with internationally renowned artist, Jordan Baseman. Seed funded by The Wellcome Trust. Academics from Bristol and Newcastle Universities will investigate how, and the extent to which, authenticity and citizenship can be realised in care homes for people with dementia during an arts programme.
Hidden Voices is a brand new toolkit of arts activities. It’s been created to help dads in prison reflect on the impacts their offending has on their children. Children, whose dads are in custody, worked with singer songwriter Beccy Owen and musician Will Lang to co-create 4 songs: Dear Me, Gone, We March On and Cyclone. These songs openly share their experiences of seeing their dads in prison and living with the situation day in day out.
Off the Beat: a digital music-making programme with young people in South East Northumberland. This programme offers an exciting opportunity for young people to connect with other young creatives in the North East and further afield. Featuring online jamming and live streaming of music gigs; it showcases their talent and inspires others to make music.
Our brand new geocache arts trail in Northumberland is bringing communities together and will help tell their stories through the creation of artworks. Working in partnership with the Army Welfare Service on Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland, Helix Arts has introduced a digital adviser/curator and artists in residence to work with young people and their families on the barracks to forge new relationships with their local communities using art.
Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins were based in Seaham, a coastal town in East Durham. They worked with community groups and local residents to gather snippets of conversations and sounds of the town. Working with composer Mariam Rezaei, they created Stolen Voices — a piece of music that celebrates how sound makes a place unique and examines the boundaries between the private and the public.
Dancers from Fertile Ground have been working in the Newcastle suburb of Walker. They have developed a dance move with local people that can be copied, altered and shared on social media using the hashtag #doordancewave. It’s taken to the streets of Walker and we’re now bringing the #doordancewave challenge to you.
Children using mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead worked with film-maker Julie Ballands. The group worked creatively and collaboratively with Commissioners to explore how services might be designed differently and have more effective impact. The creative workshops took place in our home – Broadacre House in Newcastle’s cultural quarter.
Children living on Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland worked across a range of art forms in collaboration with four artists. Family lifestyle for them is very different from most in the North East - they’re living with the army. Big Dreams provided the children with an opportunity to explore the world outside and the chance to shape their own space.
We worked in partnership with Music in Prisons (irenetaylortrust.com) to run a creative programme with and for vulnerable female prisoners serving sentences of varying lengths. We are currently piloting a resource pack developed around that programme. We are confident it will be a creative approach to working with girls and women at risk of entering the criminal justice system.
Not as it is Written is an international exhibition running in Newcastle and Pittsburgh simultaneously. It brings together two rich collections: of photos by ‘one shot’ Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris taken during the 1950s-70s and modern day oral histories from people who lived that history. Together they explore the history of civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.