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great art
since 1983

Our Team

Scott Burrell


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Scott joined Helix Arts following three years working with artists and communities in London as Curator of Youth Programmes and Head of Programme for Create London, an arts organisation dedicated to making long-term projects that are useful to society.

A fellow of the Clore Social Leadership programme, Scott graduated from Northumbria University with a BA in photography. He has previously worked for Arts Council England, South London Gallery and Tyneside Cinema.

Cheryl Gavin

Deputy Director

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Cheryl began her career with the Arts Council and joined Helix Arts in 2014 after working at an art education agency and managing the Durham Arts on Prescription service.

She is an experienced Manager and Producer, with a real passion about communities being able to plan, design and manage their own community change projects across a whole range of axciting and combined artforms.

She is a keen Arts Award champion, being a former trainer and a current adviser across all levels.

Cheryl is on the Extend Leadership programme, a professional development programme for people working in learning and education roles. She is a Trustee for Learning Disability North East.

Susie Batey

Creative Producer

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Susie Batey joined the creative production team at Helix Arts early 2018. She had been working at Sage Gateshead on strategy and evaluation for five years. Susie went to school in Newcastle and after graduating in English from Cambridge University she taught in the primary sector. She was a senior leader in a large school in London. Susie is lead producer on our dance and health programme with older people, Helix Arts Falling on your Feet, co-creating dance ensembles across the region. She also produces #HADADi and our current criminal justice programme.

Yvonne Dobson

Administration & Finance Officer

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Yvonne supports the creative team with their budget planning and has a detailed understanding of what we can and can’t do with money entrusted to us by funders. Yvonne has good judgement and takes personal pride in ensuring we all keep an eye on every penny which is so important in a small arts organisation. Yvonne joined us in January 2007 and has a genuine commitment to the charitable purpose of Helix Arts.

2nd Floor
51 Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 0AT

Charity no. 700956
Company Reg no. 2114849

Helix Arts is a Living Wage employer

Helix Arts is an Artsmark Partner
Helix Arts is IIP Accredited

Helix Arts is an Arts Award Centre
Helix Arts is an Arts Council England NPO