Artists’ Agency Newcastle


Artists’ Agency Newcastle is an artist development programme in Creative Central: NCL

Artists' Agency logo. Cerise text with purple punctuation on a white background reading


Creative Central: NCL North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council

What is Artists’ Agency Newcastle?

Artists’ Agency is Helix Arts’ Artist development programme, fun fact, Artists’ Agency was our original name! Artists’ Agency Newcastle is an exciting artists’ development programme offered as part of Creative Central:NCL for artists and freelance creatives as well as local university and college students.

The programme will upskill artists and creatives as well as those studying to become artists by offering professional development opportunities with an especial focus on gaining the knowledge and experience to run your own public and community art projects as well as sustainably developing employability and future career prospects.

What’s Happened so Far?

Artists had the opportunity to take part in a 12-week training course between July and September 2023. The course was an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to manage participatory arts projects. The 12 artists who took part in the training programme each received a £500 bursary and had the chance to pitch for a paid commission of up to £5000 to make a public artwork with the community in the Creative Central:NCL area.

Running , the training helped artists gain key skills in creative production, enterprise development, working in regeneration areas and public art. The artists produced plans across the workshops for a participatory arts project to create a public artwork and pitched their ideas to get them funded.

The Artists’ Agency commissions for Creative Central: NCL were awarded to Rachael Brien to realise her project, Newborn Parents,Eden Chapman-Maurice for her project Clay in the City , Sofia Barton and Lindsay Nicholson for their project Younity and Daniel Goodman and Haley for their project NE1 4 NE1.


Four images each for a different Artists' Agency project. The Top left is a grey and black image with graphic representations of people walking together this is for the project NE1 4 NE1. The top right is an deep purple background with a light purple jug filled with a city scape and a shining sun. This is for the project Clay in the City. Bottom right there is a pale peach background with red lettering with the words Newborn Parents on it, this is for the project Newborn Parents. The bottom right corner has a bright green background with black text which reads 'Younity' the mural of hope and unity. This is for the project Younity.

These projects are now well underway you can find out more about them and how to get involved here:  Newborn Parents, Younity, NE1 4 NE1, Clay in the City.

We are also looking forward to sharing the details of the public artwork outcomes from them which will be installed in the Creative Central Newcastle area soon. Watch this space!

How else can I get involved?

We still have some opportunities to get involved via the workshops for these projects. Find out more about this through the individual project pages: Newborn Parents, Younity, NE1 4 NE1, Clay in the City.

Participatory Arts Masterclass for Dance Artists

Image from performance of one of Helix Arts most longstanding participatory dance projects Falling on Your Feet Photo by TyneSight Photography


In this free bespoke masterclass our expertise will be shared around participatory arts. In a masterclass format of learning and doing. The masterclass will provide an introduction to the different aspects of participatory arts including working with different communities and in different settings/ contexts eg. criminal justice, education, youth, health and community.

What topics will the Masterclass cover?


● Understanding the basic principles of participatory arts
● The role of the artist
● Explore contexts
● Examples of good practice
● Planning and purpose
● Practical application of participatory arts workshop
● Setting specific understanding and considerations

Date: 01.05.24

Time: 15:00- 17:30 

Venue: Dance City

Booking is essential, please book here. 

Who can get involved?

This programme is for artists and creatives. Artists’ Agency Newcastle is part of Creative Central: NCL and funded by North of the Tyne Combined Authority so to get involved in the programme you should be based in the Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland local authority areas.

What artist Rachael Dee Brien thinks of the programme

Get in touch.

To find out more information or just to have a chat about this opportunity, please get in touch.

Megan Todman

Creative Producer

0191 241 4931

020 4531 4027

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Thanks to our funders.

This project has been supported by the Creative Central:NCL, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council.