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PremierLeague-News.Com - Headway Arts, Blyth and visual artist Imogen Cloët are changing lives for the better. Here we discover their remarkable stories

North East UK news North East Culture award-winners who put the heart into their art PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Headway Arts, Blyth and visual artist Imogen Cloët are changing lives for the better. Here we discover their remarkable stories

North East UK news North East Culture award-winners who put the heart into their art PremierLeague-News.Com
24 November 2022 - 11:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The brightest stars aren’t just to be found above the famed Dark Skies of Northumberland. It is also home to a stellar creative sector, one that welcomes diverse skills and talent, nurtures the aspiring and celebrates success. And for two of the winners at the recent 15th North East Culture Awards at Durham Cathedral, it has shone a light on the exceptional work they do across the county (and beyond) and the sheer hard graft and commitment they have put into enriching the lives of others. Blyth-based Headway Arts, which works with people who might not otherwise have access to the arts, scooped Best International Collaboration for its Access and Aesthetics project whilst Imogen Cloët, who has helped to cast heritage buildings in a new light, won Visual Artist of the Year. Great achievements in themselves. But for both Headway Arts and Imogen, it’s a triumph rooted in a shared passion to change the world for the better. Here we take a look at their remarkable stories: Headway Arts, Blyth Blyth-based Headway Arts is celebrating awards success It’s an exciting time for Headway Arts. In the space of a fortnight this thriving organisation has picked up a gong and learned it is to receive first-time funding from Arts Council England’s Investment Programme. For an organisation that suffered more than most during the Covid-19 (many of its performers are classed as vulnerable and have spent much of the past three years) it’s testament to their work showcasing the talents of learning disabled performers as well as fostering diversity and inclusion. Headway Arts creative director, Allie Walton-Robson said: “Our artists haven’t necessarily had the chance to have their work seen. Their work hasn’t had the status in the past so we are putting that centre stage." Chief executive, Frances Castle added:“We want to make sure people are aware of what our artists can actually do and that their work can be high quality. It’s interesting, engaging, extremely creative and very inventive and may have elements of learning disability culture that people aren’t necessarily familiar with - but by creating these platforms we can build those audiences together and build awareness of what people can do.” Headway Arts receiving their award at the North East Culture Awards 2022 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Raising that awareness extends beyond the boundaries of the UK. Headway Arts set up the award-winning Access and Aesthetics project with partners in Finland, Portugal and Sweden. A concluding performance, Our Hearts are more Alike than Different, premiered in Blyth in July with participants from all four countries. Headway Arts is working on other European projects, too - it will host 35 artists from across Europe at its Blyth-headquarters in the coming months, creating a new piece to be performed in the community. And it is working on a new show, Earthlings, which will tour next year. To find out more about Headway Arts log on to headwayarts.

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.uk Imogen Cloët The large mirrored sphere which hangs from the ceiling of the Central Hall Visit a stately home or museum in Northumberland and there’s a good chance you will have experienced the magic of Newcastle visual artist and designer, Imogen Cloët’s work. In fact, over the past couple of decades, she has left an indelible creative mark on the county. She has created work at the Lit&Phil, a threshing barn on Hadrian’s Wall, Saltwell Park, The Tyneside Cinema, Wallington and Lindisfarne Castle. She has built an amusement arcade in the 19th Century Lecture Theatre of the Mining Institute, grown an enormous golden pineapple in Gibside’s walled garden and placed a swan in flight in Lord Armstrong’s dining room at Cragside. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a thrilled Imogen says of her gong for Visual Artist of the Year: “It feels like a lifetime achievement award.” The pineapple art installation at Gibside Walled garden Imogen’s latest work at Seaton Delaval Hall plays to the drama of her own theatrical background (it was there she honed her craft) with a reimagining of the flamboyant lives of the former occupants of the “ultimate party house”. Imogen said: ‘It has been a fairly epic project, starting before lockdown it has taken the best part of five years but it has been a fantastic opportunity to work in an amazing building with fantastic stories and a great team.” Epic indeed. Throughout The National Trust owned hall (brought back to life as part of a £7.4 million National Lottery Heritage funded project) are a series of 12 new creative installations designed by Imogen with production company Sonsie Ltd - like the four-metre diameter large mirrored sphere which hangs from the ceiling of the Central Hall, a nod to the family’s love of trickery and illusion. Dawn until Dusk at Seaton Delaval Hall (Image: Colin Davison) Imogen said: "The Delavals were great fans of the theatre, they were patrons and performers so it seemed very appropriate that create a visitor journey based on the structure of a play with a big opening number and a grand finale so taking inspiration from the architect of the Hall, Vanbrugh, who was also a playwright. “The Delavals would party from dusk until dawn. This story is referenced in the The Saloon where beautiful hand painted theatre scenery of a sun and moon hang surrounded by clouds. It’s an introduction to the type of playful and unexpected journey you will experience.” To find out more about Imogen Cloët log on to www.imogencloet.com Delight of awards' sponsor One of the sponsors of North East Culture Awards, Northumberland County Council, is keen to champion both Headway Arts and Imogen. Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives with Northumberland County Council, Cllr Jeff Watson said: "We are delighted to support and celebrate Headway Arts and Imogen Cloet for the imaginative work they bring to local people and communities in Northumberland that inspires creativity and boosts wellbeing."

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