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

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Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council


Cheryl Gavin

Are you an artist / creative organisation who wants to realise your ideas and turn them into action?

Helix Arts wants to support and develop artists and creative organisations working in participatory arts.

Flourish is a development programme for creatives delivering arts projects with Darlington communities.

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


Meet the Mentor

Do you want to find out more about Flourish? Have any questions you want to ask before applying?

Join us Thursday 8 June at 12 noon to find out more about the opportunity and chat with our Director Cheryl Gavin.

The event will take place on zoom and you can register using the button below.

Who is this for?

  • Artists/producers/individuals organisations either based in Darlington or interested in working in Darlington 
  • Those who want to work creatively with communities between 2023 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

What will you get?

  • Up to 3 x 90 minute mentoring sessions with Helix Arts
  • One action learning set and one group reflection session
  • £500 fee to cover your time to participate in mentoring 
  • Ongoing consultancy, support, guidance from Helix Arts and their networks to support fundraising
  • Match funding from Darlington Borough Council towards your project subject to agreement and conditional to additional funding from another source being secured
  • Access to Helix Arts e-resources/tools supporting effective arts production

EOI Criteria & conditions of funding

  • Artists/producers/individuals organisations either based in Darlington or interested in working in Darlington
  • Those who want to work creatively with communities in Darlington in 2023/2024 and/or 2024/2025
  • Commitment for up to 3 mentoring session
  • Draft and submission of funding bids NO LATER than 3 months following end of mentoring.
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation for the programme
  • Undertake dedicated mentoring around socially engaged practice development and ideas relating to co-produced community based project 
  • Artists must reach an agreement with Darlington Borough Council for support for their project proposal where required
  • Artists must work with Helix Arts to develop and submit funding application(s) to parties other than Darlington Borough Council to support the implementation of their project
  • Project would complete no later than March 2025.

Key Dates


Key dates

Call out opens Monday 22 May 2023 onwards
Meet the Mentor events Thursday 8 June, 9am-9.45am
Expressions of interest closes 9 am Monday 19 June 2023
Mentees confirmed W/c 26 June 2023
Mentoring plans agreed July 2023
Mentoring and support July – onwards 2025
Bid submissions From November 2023
Resource/signposting Throughout
Feedback/monitoring December 2023/January 2024
Bid outcomes End of March 2024
Projects Commence/complete April 2024 – March 2025

Apply Here

Contact us

Contact: info@helixarts.com | 0191 241 4931 

Reference: Flourish