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Town Common

Historically, towns in England were provided with common lands; places of recreation and entertainment, where cultural and natural resources could be shared by all members of a community.

In February 2020 Helix Arts transformed a patch of astroturf in the main atrium of The Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields into a new ‘town common’ for the residents of North Shields and surrounding areas. Through an ambitious programme of arts, cultural and community activities, collectively North Shields was reimagined through a series of questions and works exploring the role and function of public space in the town.

Big questions - What are your views? Feed into [email protected]

During half term, Helix Arts hosted a series of workshops with artists, performers and community groups. All workshops were free and accessible for a range of different age groups and abilities. Workshops took place within a busy public shopping centre appropriate to this setting.

What’s on programme

This a week long series of events ran from Monday 17th February until Saturday 22 February 2020, and was supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers.

Click here to download a copy of the programme.


Helix Arts are always on the hunt for volunteers. Get in touch if you are interested in our activities and want to be involved in future work.

Town Common volunteers worked in different roles from stewarding, supporting workshops, chatting to people and so on…

Please contact Yvonne at Helix Arts 0191 241 4931 [email protected] if you are interested in this role with your availability and interests. We ask all our volunteers to complete a registration and equality forms:

These forms can be completed before or after contacting us.

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51 Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 0AT

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Company Reg no. 2114849

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