Heritage Action Zone Artist Development Programme

Spring 2023

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.

Image by Jenny Ironside- Geocache Project

Our partners:

Working with North Tyneside council and VODA.

Creative Producer:

Polly Turner

Helix Arts were delighted to deliver an exciting Artist Development Programme for artists living or working in North Tyneside, in spring 2023.
Local artists took part in Make It Happen, a fully funded capacity building programme, which allowed participants to develop the skills required to co-produce and deliver community led arts projects.

A FREE six-week programme it supported local artists who were keen to develop their participatory and socially engaged practice. Developing project management skills, extending their networks, and successful participants to have the opportunity to work on a live project commission inspired by the Heritage Action Zone.

Geocaching around

Local artist Jenny Ironside, who took part in our six week training programme, was the successful artist who gained the Heritage Action Zone Commission.

Working with a group of local girl guides, Jenny helped the group achieve the Geocache badge through co-designing a creative cache. Creating artwork and a box for the cache, the girl guides also worked to create individual pieces of artwork which Jenny transformed into a postcard which was shared with local schools. Raising awareness of the project and encouraging young people and their families into the Heritage Action Zone to find the cache.

” The fantastic teamwork shown by the Guides throughout the designing and creating process was my favourite part of the project. They were all able to engage with each other and the local area, having some insightful discussions.”

Girl Guides Leader

Get in touch

To find out more email Polly Turner, Creative Producer.

Thanks to our project funders

This ‘Make It Happen’ is part of the Heritage Action Cultural Programme. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, North Tyneside Council and VODA.