Information and Advice

The Arts and Heritage Development team is part of Customer and Cultural Services within Northumberland County Council (NCC). We support, enable and advise on all areas of creative and cultural development across the county.

We work with strategic and delivery partners through a collaborative approach, working with artists, heritage specialists, venues and cultural organisations, and communities of Northumberland to provide and support opportunities for participation and engagement.

Contact our team:

Wendy Scott, Design and Arts Development Manager

James Fell, Heriatge and Events Development Manager 

Suzanne Hutton, Cultural Development Officer - Arts & Creative Industries - Maternity Cover

Northumberland Arts Development (NAD):

NAD is the arts development delivery service for the county funded by Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England and led by Queens Hall Arts. It provides arts activities directly, supports arts and community led projects and works collaboratively with other key cultural sector partners - Alnwick Playhouse, The Maltings Berwick, Woodhorn and Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure.

NAD supports the regional network NCAN (Northern Cultural Ambassadors Network) which supports and enables the development of projects and communication between the cultural sector and educational sector.

NCAN is a FREE network for anyone wishing to increase engagement and participation of children and young people in high quality cultural activity and access professional development opportunities. NAD also supports national initiatives Arts Award and Artsmark and aims to advocate for and embed these programmes across strategic countywide projects.

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Arts Award:

In supporting the continual development of creative and cultural provision open to young people within the county, Northumberland County Council have taken on the public and in house licence for Arts Award training through Trinity College London in partnership with Arts Council England.

This means that Northumberland County Council provide training for anyone who wishes to become an Arts Award Adviser and support young people through their Arts Award journey at Bronze and Silver level.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Each path can take a different direction – from fashion to film-making, from dance to design, from photography to poetry.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Open to anyone aged 5 to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

Find out more here:

Become an Arts Award Supporter
Arts Award Supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer events, activities and opportunities which help young people achieve Arts Awards. It helps Advisors enrich the Arts Award experience for their young people and offer support to young people who want to explore art interests outside of the Advisors expertise. Applying for the Arts Award supporter badge is free and helps to raise the profile of your organisation (by appearing on the Arts Award map) whilst strengthening the Arts Award network. Find out more here.

Arts Award Adviser Training

Northumberland County Council is an Arts Award training agency for the following levels:

Arts Award Bronze & Silver adviser training (one-day course).

Upcoming training dates:

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - 10-4pm - County Hall, Morpeth

Tuesday 9th December 2014  - 10-4pm - County Hall, Morpeth

Book a place:

Online at:
Phone: 0207 820 6178

For informal enquiries please contact:

Phone: 0207 820 6178