Helix Arts has delivered high quality, safe arts experiences throughout the pandemic.

On Monday 19th July, most restrictions associated with pandemic were lifted and wearing a face covering is now a personal choice in England, however we also know many people may still choose to wear face covering, particularly those who are more vulnerable.

We are committed to ensuring all our participants, partners, volunteers, artists and employees are kept as safe as possible. So, for the time being, we will be continuing to encourage everyone taking part in in-person sessions (unless exempt) to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing, regularly sanitise their hands and to not attend sessions if they feel unwell or have a high temperature.

Thank you for your understanding.

Common Connections

March 2021 - May 2021

A programme featuring a range of artists and artforms for people aged over 55 in North Tyneside with the aim of reducing loneliness.

Sue Warlock, Mindful Arts
People making prints


Aging / Loneliness

Common Connections is a varied programme for people aged 55 and above living in North Tyneside to tackle loneliness and isolation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with trusted partners Helix Arts are delivering creative and cultural activity helping combat loneliness between February and 30 May 2021.

Common Connections includes:

  • Spring into Action a programme of taster workshops with Age UK North Tyneside
  • The C Word with The North Shields Heritology Project. Bringing Sue Miller’s poem to life on film and giving people the chance to try their hand at writing
  • Movement Meets a series of dance workshops with choreographer Penella Styles
  • Neighbours and Strangers, a mixed media project with artist Alex Woolley with support from VODA with local residents – on doorsteps, streets, parks to gather stories around their current sense of belonging

Image Credits (L to R):
Images 1: Sue Warlock, Mindful Arts / Image 2: Helix Arts, Ordinary Dreams, Extraordinary People / Image 3: Sue Warlock (artist), Helix Arts, Taster with WHIST

Thanks to our Project Partners

Common Connections is funded by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS. This funding has been made available from the Covid-19 Charities Package schemes which includes, through other government departments, the Community Match Challenge, the Covid-19 Community Support Fund and the Big Night.

This project is delivered in partnership with a range of North Tyneside CVS organisations, including Age UK, Voda, Linskill Centre and The North Shields Heritology Project.