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Our work

Common Connections

A participant in a creative workshop

A programme featuring a range of artists and artforms for people aged over 55 in North Tyneside with the aim of reducing loneliness.



Image of a young aerialist performing at the Celebrate Different event, photography by Marion Botella

A performing arts project for young people exploring exploitation and abuse within relationships, particularly during Covid-19.


You: Your Art

A sketchbook

‘You:Your Art’ is a pilot programme of arts activities that will promote wellbeing and resilience for residents in North Tyneside suffering from poor mental health. You:Your Art will support the prevention of people wanting to take their own lives, especially for those currently isolating and shielding during the Coronavirus pandemic.


We've Still Got the Beat

Photograph of group standing in front of building

We’ve Still Got the Beat will support young people of different ages and abilities in Northumberland to co-create a variety of music. Led by young people alongside talented musicians, they will share and experiment with visiting artists. Young people will join online jams to create and share their own music, lyrics and visuals.


Inspiring Futures

A ground-breaking artistic programme in prisons and the community

Inspiring Futures, a Paul Hamlyn funded programme will combine a ground- breaking artistic programme in prisons and the community, with embedded participative research undertaken by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.


Town Common

Community residents joining in art workshops

Helix Arts will transform a patch of astroturf in The Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields.

This will create a new ‘town common’ for the residents of North Shields and surrounding areas.

During February half term (17th - 22nd) a series of workshops with artists, performers and community groups will be available for people to drop in from the local community.

Over the week, an ambitious programme of arts, cultural and community activities takes place. Residents will collectively reimagine the role and function of public space in the town centre.

All workshops will be FREE and accessible for a range of different age groups and abilities.

We are also seeking event volunteers for various roles.

For further details visit our current events on Helix Arts’ Facebook.


Make it Happen

Make it Happen trainees working around a table.

Make It 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. The predecessor to Make it Happen, Make Art Happen, was supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Falling on your Feet

Dancers with their arms outstretched

Falling on your Feet is our dance and health programme with people aged 65+ who are living independently. Regular workshops lead to high quality co-choreographed pieces which wow local audiences. Participants have fun, get fitter and make new friends.


We got the Beat

Multicoloured drumsticks on top of a drum.

We got the Beat builds on the success and learning of Off the Beat (2016-18) and is a digital music collaboration with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, in partnership with Inclusion north, Music Partnership North and Cramlington Learning Village. Young people will work alongside talented artists in a variety of music and related artforms chosen by the participants.


Hidden Treasures Teesdale

Helix Arts logo

Hidden Treasures brings geocaching to Evenwood, with an opportunity to explore its rich cultural history. The traditional easter egg hunt will be transformed into a digital arts experience. Children and young people will join a high quality artist in developing a range of artworks to be housed in ‘bird boxes’ for people to find using the online clues.



Dancer on stage behind tablet devices

A collaborative dance programme between Helix Arts, dance company Pell Ensemble and young dancers from across the Tees Valley.


Hidden Voices

Hidden Voices logo

Hidden Voices is a brand new toolkit of arts activities created to help dads in prison reflect on the impact 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 to share their experiences of seeing their dads in prison and living with the situation day in, day out.


Artists' Hub

Three artists enjoying a lively conversation

Artists living and working in North Shields, Wallsend, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay and surrounding villages come together to share creative ideas and to explore potential collaborations. This is a warm and friendly informal gathering where high quality cultural professionals can get to know each other.


Between Eating and Sleeping

Toby writing on a white wall

Visual artist Toby Phips Lloyd was appointed by Newcastle University as Helix Arts’ practice based PhD Student in January 2017. He has been exploring the role that the arts can play in creating an argument for Universal Basic Income. Toby’s work brings Helix Arts’ partnership with Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice to life with his research into high quality arts co-production in participatory settings.


Arts Award

Arts Award recipients on stage

As an Arts Award centre and keen supporter we aim to embed Arts Award within our programmes and have a variety of offers for young people to gain Arts Award by collaborating with us in whole or in part, from Discover through to Gold.


Off the Beat

Montage of coloured shapes and wires

Off the Beat: a digital music-making programme with young people in partnerhip with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP) and Cramlington Learning Village. This inclusive programme offered the opportunity for young people to explore different and new music styles, connect with other young creatives in the North East and complete Arts Award.


Helix ArCH

Frost on a window pane

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 investigated how, and the extent to which, authenticity and citizenship can be realised in care homes for people with dementia through an arts programme.


Hidden Treasures

Children looking at artwork in bird box

Our ‘geocache’ art trail in Stamfordham, Northumberland brought together local communities to share stories and experiences. Working with the Army Welfare Service on Albemarle Barracks and local children from Stamfordham Primary, alongside digital artist Nikki Pugh and artist Sheryl Jenkins we co-created an online trail and ‘bird boxes’ containing children’s artwork.


Door Dance Wave

Dancers performing in front of a window

Dancers from Fertile Ground worked in the Newcastle suburb of Walker to develop a dance move with local people that can be copied, altered and shared on social media using the hashtag #doordancewave. It’s took to the streets of Walker and we’re now bringing the #doordancewave challenge to you.


Learning Hive

Helix Arts coloured logo

Helix Arts worked with residents of Newbiggin-by-the-sea and a number of artists to create artworks which the whole community could enjoy.



Drawings of children

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.


Big Dreams

Children holding up their artwork

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.


Collaborative Curation

Handmade boxes and envelopes

We were delighted to have been one of eight north area organisations selected to receive a Creative Case NORTH Bursary. We used our bursary to develop fresh ways of working with a wide range of people and attract a more diverse audience.


Tuned in

Tuned In logo

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 and created a resource pack to provide a creative approach to working with girls and women at risk of entering the criminal justice system.


Where can I get free?

Drawing and words of inspiration

A collaborative programme between Helix Arts, Northumbria University and the Angelou Centre, with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Refugee women facing spatial violence.


Stolen Voices

Stolen Voices logo

Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins worked with community groups and local residents in Seaham, a coastal town in East Durham, 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.


Not as it is Written

Archive black and white photograph of woman reading newspaper

Not as it is Written is an international exhibition that ran in Newcastle and Pittsburgh simultaneously. It brought 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.


Make Art Happen

Photograph of a paintbox

Make Art Happen was a modular training programme for community volunteers and support workers. Our Creative Producers shared expertise and knowledge to encourage and enable non-specialists to deliver their own arts residencies within their own communities. Make Art Happen was supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


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51 Bedford Street
North Shields
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Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner

Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre

Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO