Information and Advice

The Arts and Heritage Development team is part of Culture, Heritage & Libraries within Active Northumberland. 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 the Arts & Heritage Team:

Wendy Scott, Design and Arts Development Manager

Sam Taylor, Cultural Development Officer - Arts & Creative Industries - Part Time

James Fell, Heritage and Events Development Manager

Northumberland Arts Development (NAD):NAD

Northumberland County Council funds and supports venues throughout Northumberland; Alnwick Playhouse, The Maltings, Berwick, The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth and Queens Hall, Hexham. This funding helps to support their role as cultural hubs, to reach beyond the venue in to their communities, to develop the arts and work closely with the Council in a cultural partnership.

Northumberland County Council also funds Northumberland Arts Development (NAD) which is the arts development delivery service for the county. NAD provides support and advice to Arts initiatives and organisations within the county in order to strengthen the sector and improve opportunities for anyone to access the Arts.

From 1st April 2014 a new model for NAD will be trialled across the county. The structure will be simpler with a focus on direct delivery and support with less administration. This devolved model will involve 5 art form specialists working countywide and will be linked to partner organisations across Northumberland which includes Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Queens Hall Hexham, Alnwick Playhouse, Hexham Book Festival and Berwick Visual Arts/The Maltings Theatre.

Northumberland Arts Development will continue to work closely with bait (Creative People and Places programme) along with other initiatives, venues and organisations. Northumberland County Council has received full support from partners and hope this new and exciting approach will allow even more great arts and cultural experiences for audiences and participants.

NAD have created a Visual Arts Northumberland Guide. The guide highlights the unique and broad ranging arts offer in Northumberland and aims to support arts organisation that have a year round offer to residents and visitors. The guide will be distributed to hotels, tourist information centres and libraries in the County and across Tyne & Wear.

The NAD core team are:

Kiz Crosbie – Theatre/Drama development and NAD profile development

Mileva Donachie – Dance development

Susie Troup/ Hexham Book Festival – Literature development

James Lowther/ Berwick Visual Arts & Maltings – Visual Arts development

Fiona Johnstone/ Music partnership North – Music development

In addition to the core team we are pleased to announce that Claire Newton will work countywide on Arts Award development. NAD supports national initiatives Arts Award and Artsmark and aims to advocate for and embed these programmes across strategic countywide projects.

Film will continue to be an important strand in Arts Development and Taryn Edmonds will continue to lead on the successful Doorstep Pictures mobile cinema project.

NAD supports the regional network NCAN (Northern Cultural Ambassadors Network) which enables the development of projects and communication between the cultural sector and education. NCAN is a FREE network for anyone wishing to increase engagement of children and young people in high quality cultural activity and access professional development opportunities.

Arts Award:

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 can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award. The programme develops young people’s creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged 5 to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds. To take part in Arts Award, children & young people need an Arts Award Adviser (see details on how to become an adviser below).

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. 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, 9th June 2015 - 9.45am Registration, 10am-4pm Training - County Hall, Morpeth

Tuesday, 8th December 2015 - 9.45am Registration, 10am-4pm Training - County Hall, Morpeth

Book a place:

Phone: 0207 820 6178

For informal enquiries please contact:

Phone: 0207 820 6178

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.

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