We are 40 years old this year! Share your stories and shape our future.
Have a look at our current and recent work. Our archives will gradually be shared and we would love to receive anything you may have for that. Email Stephen to add to our 40th anniversary work.
Here to There Sunderland is a new creative programme for over 55's combining gentle exercise and creative walks and opportunities to engage with local artists and cultural organisations across Sunderland. Additional programmes run in North Tyneside and South Tyneside.
Here to There South Tyneside is a new creative programme for over 55's combining gentle exercise and creative walks and opportunities to engage with local artists and cultural organisations across South Tyneside. Additional programmes run in North Tyneside and Sunderland.
Do you want to get moving, dance and have the opportunity to meet new people?
Come and try Falling on Your Feet Segedunum.
It is 1836, Northumberland Square. Dolly has lost her friend, have you seen her? Meet the characters around Northumberland Square as the mystery unfolds...
Enjoy a summer of creative wellbeing workshops with Helix Arts every Wednesday and Thursday over the holidays for young people aged 5-12 and Family Fridays at Wallsend Library.
Here to There North Tyneside is a creative programme for over 55's combining gentle exercise and creative walks and opportunities to engage with local artists and cultural organisations across Sunderland. Additional programmes run in South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Celebrating 40 years of Helix Arts working with artists and communities!
Share your story | Shape our future.
Here to There is a creative programme for over 55's combining gentle exercise, creative walks and opportunities to engage with local artists and cultural organisations across North Tyneside, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Artists’ Agency is an artist development programme in North Shields Cultural Quarter for creatives living and or working in North Tyneside.
Working with National Trust Gibside and celebrating the Festival of Blossom
We're asking young people across North Tyneside about their thoughts and experiences about drug use and abuse.
Artists’ Agency is an artist development programme in Newcastle’s Culture and Creative Zone (CCZ).
Heart of Care will take the conversations about care away from the hidden rooms of domestic settings and place them at the heart of our public spaces.
Get involved in one of our many artist development opportunities across the region.
A FREE six-week programme supporting artists living or working in North Tyneside to develop the skills required to co-produce & deliver community led arts projects inspired by the North Shields Heritage Action Zone.
Our North Shields: Past, Present, Future.
We're bringing public artworks co-designed with local people to 2 key sites in North Shields as part of the town's ongoing regeneration.
Make It Happen inspired by North Shields Heritage Action Zone.
Real Voice is an inclusive Youth Music project for young people across Northumberland.
Young investigators explored the arts and cultural offer available in North Tyneside for children and young people.
Tell your stories and turn them into mini movies with professional filmmaker and Photographer Carl Joyce.
An artist consulted residents in North Tyneside about the local authority Equally Well Health and Inequalities plan with some member of the North Tyneside Leaders Together group.
Our Story - a story gathering project with Longsight Children's Community in Manchester, which was commissioned by Save the Children UK.
Take a look at some of the amazing stories from North Tyneside community members generated from their experiences during the pandemic.
Young people from John Spence Community High School took part in an eight week Make It Happen programme from April 2022.
A development programme for artists.
Kelsey worked with Helix Arts as part of her master's degree in Dance Science and Education at Edinburgh University. Kelsey guided various groups across North Tyneside to develop their arts practice as dancers.
This event was held to listen to personal stories of those living through a pandemic from a diverse cross-section of residents from North Tyneside.
By Your Side at North Tyneside Art Studio was a creative programme for North Tyneside carers.
The HeArt of Care is a global project with the aim of uniting carers from across the world and encourage them to share their experiences as carers through a creative medium. It forms part of our social prescribing programme, Better Connect.
A multi-arts project with young adults working to create a new wellbeing trail in Chopwell Wood.
Explore how stories and poems can offer comfort, escape, inspiration and laughter in difficult times.
Part of Better Connect
Sharing stories and experiences through creative sessions. Working with families who share a caring role in looking after loved ones who depend on them.
Part of Better Connect
Falling On Your Feet North Tyneside allowed local carers who enjoyed dancing to meet new people and stay active.
Part of Better Connect.
A River is a community garden project at Pattinson House in Gateshead in which local people are co-creating a large-scale mural.
Summer of Fun was a great way for children and young people from Wallsend and Howden to spend their holidays.
We worked with artists to offer a wide variety of artforms at different sites around the area.
A creative programme for Parent Carers across North Tyneside.
A mindful space to make creative journals and explore lots of basic art, print, crafts, making and collage.
Story of Place supports Wallsend Children's Community mission to ensure the town's children enjoy the same opportunities as young people from more affluent areas.
A social prescribing project aimed at connecting 350 young and adult carers with arts and culture to transform experiences after COVID-19.
Restoring the elegance of North Shields' historic town centre.
Together Again gave residents in North Shields and Wallsend the chance to explore, reconnect and shape the future of their town. The project builds on our 'Town Common Festival'.
A programme featuring a range of artists and artforms for people aged over 55 in North Tyneside with the aim of reducing loneliness.
A FREE mentoring course for artists who live or work in Darlington.
A performing arts project for young people exploring exploitation and abuse within relationships, particularly during Covid-19.
A pilot programme of arts activities designed to promote wellbeing and resilience for residents in North Tyneside suffering from poor mental health.
Supporting young people of different ages and abilities in Northumberland to co-create music during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Education and arts organisations working together, enriching access to cultural opportunities for young people.
Transforming 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.
A ground-breaking artistic programme in prisons and the community led by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance.
Celebrate Different was a Make it Happen project for young people in Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Culture.
Artsmark award is an award for schools and education establishments that is accredited by Arts Council England. The aim of the award is to make a commitment and ensure that children and young people have access to a high-quality arts and culture education.
A digital music collaboration with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project in partnership with Inclusion north, Music Partnership North and Cramlington Learning Village.
Bringing geocaching to Evenwood, County Durham alongside opportunities to explore the area's rich cultural history.
An innovative and interactive digital dance project, where the audience provide data and decide what happens to ‘David’ at the end of the piece.
A geocache art-trail in Stamfordham, Northumberland bringing communities together to share stories and experiences.
A flexible, participant-centred programme that provides training and support to encourage and enable people to design, manage and deliver their own activities with their own communities and with experts in the field.
An arts programme for young people from military families living in Albemarle Barracks.
Partnering with Perigrini Landscape Partnership, Make Art Happen participants developed a project to help raise awareness, take part in conservation and celebrate Lindisfarne island.
A toolkit of arts activities created to help dads in prison reflect on the impacts their offending has on their children.
Exploring the role that the arts can play in creating an argument for Universal Basic Income.
Using creative approaches designed by women to help women.
Working with groups of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Refugee women facing spatial violence.
The Tyneside and Northumberland Mind team worked to provide a programme of high quality participatory arts activities to promote wellbeing and resilience in residents of South Tyneside aged 18 or over.
"Re-Wild Yourself" - a collaborative project between members of WHIST and SANGINI who took part in the Make Art Happen training programme.
Students from Josephine Butler College took part in two Make Art Happen cohorts between 2017 and 2018.
Exploring the history of civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bensham and Teams Make Art Happen project created a visual and sound artwork made up of multiple components created by a local people that enhanced a community space for local residents to enjoy and feel a sense of pride in.
A result of a Make Arts Happen, “Create, Stay and Play” was open to all ages and encouraged the development of social skills, an interest in the arts, health and wellbeing and community spirit.
A network for creative professionals who are aligned to the work of Helix Arts, across different fields and settings.
A digital music-making programme with young people in South East Northumberland.
A co-production with the international artist and film-maker Jordan Baseman and residents at Earsdon Grange Care Home in North Tyneside.
A new piece of music created by Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins together with community groups and local residents from Seaham, County Durham and composer Mariam Rezaei celebrating how sound makes a place unique and examines the boundaries between the private and the public.
Dancing your way to new friendships in your neighbourhood and beyond.
A dance and health programme, co-curated with people aged 65+ who are living independently.
Our work in support of Arts Council England's Creative Case for Diversity North.
Falling On Your feet is a dance programme targeting people aged 55+ aiming to encourage staying active and meeting new people
Telling Tales was developed by a volunteer project team which was born from a capacity building programme “Make Art Happen.”
Participants of Make Art Happen from Bill Quay Farm aimed to create a visual arts project for the local community.
A new approach to the redesign of public services.
Local residents and volunteers took part in Make Art Happen in 2015 to develop their own participatory project, the Sea of Lost Souls.
Since 2015, Residents from Newbiggin by the Sea have been working with Northumberland based visual artists to design and make a range of creative products.
A training programme for community and voluntary organisations who want to produce their own arts residencies or festivals.