bait

Partnerships building a stronger future
Brass masterclass
Brass masterclass
Photo: Chris Brudenell
C12 dance workshop with Seven Stars group
C12 dance workshop with Seven Stars group
Photo: Jason Thompson
Winter Lantern Parade at Woodhorn Musuem
Winter Lantern Parade at Woodhorn Musuem
Photo: Jason Thompson
Search for Fire at Woodhorn Museum
Search for Fire at Woodhorn Museum
Photo: Jason Thompson
Ceramics workshop with Emilie Taylor at Guide Post Social Clun
Ceramics workshop with Emilie Taylor at Guide Post Social Clun
Photo: Emilie Taylor
Winter Lantern Parade at Woodhorn Musuem
Winter Lantern Parade at Woodhorn Musuem
Photo: Jason Thompson

Where: South East Northumberland  - old Wansbeck and Blyth valley districts
With: Woodhorn Charitable Trust, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland County Council Public Health, Queens Hall Arts, Connect for Change, Northumberland College

bait works in partnership to support more people in South East Northumberland to create and take part in inspiring and high quality arts experiences. The programme seeks to make a lasting change in how people take part in the arts in the area.

The creativity and ambition of the people who live across South East Northumberland is at the heart of the bait programme, and all projects key aim to reach people through their everyday lives.

With a focus on supporting creative skills development, increasing people’s sense of well-being and enabling people to make a positive difference in their communities, bait aims to develop a stronger arts infrastructure in the area and develop sustained engagement from people taking part.

Initiatives such as the Creative Connectors programme, empowers passionate people from South East Northumberland to develop creative skills through paid work experience and training.

Through partnerships with organisations working in health and social care settings, bait aims to embed inspiring arts activities into these services. To evidence the impact of this programme, bait and their partners use WEMWBS scaling (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale) to track the positive impact of the arts on how people feel and their sense of well-being.

Communities are being supported to confidently come together to make a difference in the area where they live. A great example is Guide Post Social Club’s work with curator Andrew Hawkins.  This project aims to help the club members reinvigorate their club using the arts to put it firmly back at the heart of the community.

The bait programme is inspired by the Pitmen Painters, the 'Ashington Group' of miners who produced world class paintings by ‘learning through doing’. Their work is on permanent display at Woodhorn Museum.