Artists’ Agency Darlington


A FREE mentoring course for artists who live or work in Darlington.

Black text reading Artist' Agency


Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council


Cheryl Gavin

Helix Arts wants to support and develop artists and creative organisations working in participatory arts. Over the last year we have been working and listening to artists as part of our Artists’ Agency Programme.

Artists’ Agency Darlington is an opportunity for creatives delivering arts projects with communities in Darlington.


Are you a participatory artist with a good idea?

Do you want some help making it happen?

Do you need support to access funding?

Would you benefit from access to a free resource portal?

Why not apply for Artists’ Agency Darlington?

Helix Arts are working in partnership with Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council to offer six artists mentoring and support between Summer 2023 and Summer 2025.


Who is this for?

  • Artists/producers/individuals organisations either based in Darlington or interested in working in Darlington 
  • Artists who have an idea and would like support to make it happen and get confirmed match funding from Creative Darlington
  • Those who want to work creatively with communities between 2025 and 2026
  • It is anticipated that 3 people undertake the development support in 2024 and 2025
  • Creative Darlington and Helix Arts would particularly welcome proposals from people or organisations they haven’t supported previously to deliver community projects in Darlington and who have limited or no experience of securing art funding

Artists are supported through a £500 bursary and match funding for their idea, upon agreement with Creative Darlington.

Full details can be found on the brief below. Submit your expression of interest here.

How to apply

You can apply by completing our online Expression of Interest form.

If you would prefer to submit your application in an alternative format, we will accept a video application no longer than 3 minutes, a completed Word/PDF version of the application, voice note responses to the questions in the application.   

We have extended the deadline – Please respond by Noon, Monday 15 July 2024.

Applicants will be notified by W/C 15 July 2024.


“Helix Arts has been absolutely vital to my practice. Especially through the mentorship I have received through Cheryl.

It has helped me grow as an illustrator and community practitioner knowing how to engage with different community groups in a way that supports them to be creative and supports me to be creative as well.”

Lizzie Lovejoy, Artists' Agency Darlington 2023 Mentee

Flourish 2020

Flourish (now Artists’ Agency Darlington) previously ran in 2020 with our director Cheryl supporting artist develop their projects to offer opportunities to communities across Darlington.

Contact us

Are you interested in receiving some mentoring or want to know more about the support we offer artists?

Contact us at:

0191 241 4931

Thank you to our funders.

This programmes is funded by Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council.