Project wins £59,000 of arts funding

An arts project that supports people with mental health problems in south east Northumberland is set to receive a grant of more than £59,000.

Headway Arts has received £59,372 from SITA Trust for Headway ArtSpace to enable physical enhancements to Headway Arts’ premises, the Grade II-listed former United Reformed Church on Waterloo Road in Blyth.

These improvements will allow Headway Arts to begin transforming its premises into Headway ArtSpace, a centre for inclusive arts in Northumberland.

The vision for Headway ArtSpace is to provide increased access to arts and creative opportunities for local people and community groups in Blyth, including the creation of an open, flexible, accessible space in the former Church Sanctuary.

Headway ArtSpace will also provide rentable temporary space for use by artists and other groups from the wider community.

Frances Castle, chief executive of Headway Arts, said: “We are thrilled to begin the renovation of our base, Headway ArtSpace, which will open up lots of new opportunities for ourselves, the people we work with and the local community.

“It’s great that in these days of austerity and cut-backs, we are finding the support to grow and develop.”

“We are looking forward to the New Year and a new space,” she added.

Marianne Ivin, from SITA Trust, said: “This Grade II-listed former church building has been put to fantastic use and the demand has clearly meant that improvements now need to be made.

“Creating a more open space for the users and allowing much more flexibility will really make a difference to the activities on offer.”