East Sussex Cultural Opportunities and Information


Arts Council England have published initial guidance on applying to be a National Portfolio Organisation.  They will be publishing full guidance for applicants in January 2022, before applications open 12pm (midday) on Monday 14 February 2022 until 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 26 April 2022.


Creative England: announcing a trio of brand new Accelerator programmes that offer bespoke industry-led support to early-stage businesses in the Games and Film & TV sectors; Accelerate: Game Developers, Accelerate: Games Tech and Services and Accelerate: Film & TV.  Delivered through the Creative Enterprise programme, which has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI, each Accelerator programme will provide expert insight and guidance to businesses looking to develop and grow.  Free to participate and open to businesses across the UK


Creative England: If you’re working in moving image for storytelling, check out New Ideas Fund and apply by Fri 5 Nov.  Creative England are offering up to £10K for individuals or sole traders, and up to £25K for registered limited companies across English regions outside of London


Scops Arts Trust – Grant Funding for the Arts  Deadline is 3rd November


International Collaborative Arts Fund  opened 21st Oct 2021: a new pilot fund, designed to support those working in the arts and creative industries in the four nations across the UK and together with counterparts in Europe and beyond. The fund has a total value of £100,000 and provides grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. The deadline for applications is 11 November 2021.  The Fund accepts applications from creative sector organisations and individuals based in one of the four nations of the UK. Applications will require applicants to have at least one partner from another of the four nations of the UK in addition to at least one international partner.  Funding is intended to support in-person, digital or hybrid activity, across a range of artforms. Eligible projects include:

  • Development of artistic practice through working cross-UK and internationally
  • Collaboration with and learning from artists, creative practitioners and organisations cross-UK and internationally
  • Development of early relationships with artists, creative practitioners and organisations with a longer-term view of developing cross-UK and international markets and audiences for work and building profile internationally
  • Exchange of key creative people to develop new concepts or relationships


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Towner Eastbourne is currently seeking a Learning Curator with a focus on Children and Young People. (Deadline 1st November).


Artswork is seeking an Education Development Manager for Surrey, East/West Sussex and Brighton & Hove:


The Music Well CIC, based in Rye, are looking for new Directors to join their team.  The Music Well was set up in 2010 with a mission to provide music therapy and musical activities such as singing and percussion groups, to support the mental, emotional, physical and social well being of the local community.  Their work has increased recently due to the extra demand on services to support people through the effects of the pandemic.  This position is voluntary and you would have a chance to be involved in setting up new projects as well as maintaining current ones, and reaching out to those people of all ages who are isolated and overlooked. Please email for further details.


Collaborate – a new fund from the Centre for Cultural Value: Collaborate is a new fund from the Centre for Cultural Value (CfCV), to support the development of collaborative research projects between the cultural sector and academic researchers. There will be two rounds of funding, in autumn 2021 and autumn 2022, which will support around 15 projects with awards ranging from £5K – £20K.


East Sussex Arts Partnership Funding Surgery: all you need to know  about applying for Arts Council England funding  10 November 2021 10am

Want to understand the current funds available from Arts Council England? Looking for insights into what you need to include in a successful application? An Arts Council England representative will talk you through what funding is available, where to find guidance and how to write about your project to maximise your chances of success.  Book here.


The Whickers’ 2022 Film and TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary.  The Whickers’ main award offers £100,000 to enable a project which deserves to be realised to reach as wide an audience as possible. A second award offering £15,000 to £20,000 will be granted to contribute to a film fund for a runner-up. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022 (24:00 GMT).  Email:


Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund is now open for applications.   The Fund supports teachers and school leaders to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver effective arts-based teaching and learning in the primary classroom. Partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000.  Lead applicants may be:

  • Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profits companies active in the arts
  • Primary schools and academies operating in the state sector

All applications will be required to demonstrate that solid partnerships are in place.   Each partnership must include one or more arts/cultural organisations. PHF expect that a minimum of five and a maximum of ten schools will be involved in each project, regardless of whether the lead applicant is either an arts/cultural organisation or a school. Each participating school should commit at least two teachers and one senior leader to the project, though flexibility can be offered to small, rural schools.  To find more about the Fund and how to apply, the Foundation is running a webinar on 21st  October at 4pm. Applications close on 23rd November at 12 noon. Tel: 020 7812 3300    Email:


Centre for Cultural Value: Covid-19: Changing Culture? online conference sharing and discussing insights from the national Covid-19 research programme undertaken in collaboration with the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) and Audience Agency takes place 17-18 November


ACE launches Digital Culture Awards The first ever Digital Culture Awards will celebrate and showcase digital innovation over the course of the pandemic. Arts Council England has launched the awards, and is seeking applications for “the best in digital transformation, digital engagement and use of technology”.  There are eight categories: social media, content production, content distribution, income generation, digital inclusion, use of data, organisational digital transformation, and emerging digital leader.  Entries close on 8 November 21, with a shortlist decided thereafter. Public voting to decide the winners will open mid-December before a virtual awards ceremony.


 Heritage Project Co-Ordinator, Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Borough Council an area within The South Wales Valleys that prides itself on its Strong Industrial Heritage, has successfully secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant to deliver an exciting new heritage related project themed “The Altered Images”. They are now looking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual to fill the post of to drive and deliver this project.

The successful candidate will be inventive and enthusiastic about heritage, leading, coordinating and developing this project to produce information and educational resources for diverse communities/ages to raise awareness of local history/heritage and the memorials and monuments that RCT care for.  They will devise and host events that allow people to engage with and experience the heritage of RCT. The successful candidate will also manage, and oversee volunteers involved with this heritage project, and work with local community and Friends groups to ensure local heritage is highlighted, protected, preserved, and appreciated within the locality.  You can find out more about the role, person specification and apply online here.  Salary: Grade 10 £32,234  Temporary (For 3 Years) 37 Hours  Closing date: 8 November 2021


People Place Power, the Creative People and Places conference is taking place online in December.  Created by the Creative People and Places National Peer Learning programme in partnership with Arts Council England, People Place Power explores themes such as; community led decision making, power sharing, place-making and future funding policy, from the perspective of practitioners and partners making work with, by and for local communities.  Alongside examples from the Creative People and Places network there will be contributions from policymakers, strategists, activists, artists and participants who are thinking about ‘what next’ for co-creation. Creative People and Places brings together a multitude of sectors including; housing, health and wellbeing, social justice, local government, academia and volunteering, to create arts and culture opportunities in the country’s least engaged places. So, the conference discussions will be relevant to you whether you are engaged in the arts and cultural sector, health and well-being, community development, local government or academia, and are an artist, producer, practitioner, strategist, organisational leader, policy-maker or participant.




East Sussex Arts Partnership Funding Surgery: The Basics.  A guide to how to make successful funding bids.  Emma Dean from the East Sussex External Funding Team provided guidance to talk attendees through the foundation steps you need to take before you even begin to fill that form in.  The link to the presentation can be found here.  (Lottery Heritage Fund guidance will follow).


New evaluation principles for the cultural sector

The Centre for Cultural Value has launched a set of new, co-created evaluation principles for the cultural sector.

Based around four core themes; Beneficial, Robust, People-centred and Connected, the principles are a sharing of ideas to inform how evaluation is carried out and used.

They are available to view and download on the Centre’s website.

The principles are intended to be the start of a conversation. You can share your thoughts and feedback on social media using the hashtag #TheEWord or by emailing


Freelancers Make Theatre Work: Practical Resources – Freelancers make theatre work


The Film and TV Charity has launched a new Freelancer Wellbeing Hub.

The Careers Hub would like to invite you to their upcoming live virtual event, Bring on the Champions! on Friday December 3rd from 9.30am to 10.30am to showcase and celebrate our Industry Champions and business partners, and share with you some of the fantastic work that they have been doing over the past eighteen months. This is an information session hosted by the Careers Hub to explain more about the various Careers Hub initiatives that employers can link in with education over, and hearing from a school, employer and student about the motivations and impact for linking in with the network and local businesses. We also have Frances from the Transform service speaking about their free offer to meet businesses and support with advice around upskilling staff, apprenticeships and the range of other government initiatives and funding available to support local businesses.  If you would like to book a FREE place, please email to be added to our event mailing list.


RSA are launching a new Place-Based Learning Network to share and celebrate the insights from learning practitioners across the UK and the globe, including those coming out of the RSA’s own Cities of Learning programme.  The intention is to create a space to innovate, share experience and generate a new ‘commons’ of knowledge and practice in place-based learning, shaped by members.  The network is free for anyone to join and comes with opportunities to: network with a diverse community of practitioners; access a resource bank including research, case studies and tools from RSA and partners; regular calendar of events, talks, and workshops; online knowledge-sharing space; opportunities to partner or apply for funded innovation and research programmes.  Full details from – any queries direct to RSA via the contact details provided on the website.

Cultural services – Learning through the pandemic: Arts Council England is seeking to capture lessons from your work supporting and engaging communities over the past 18 months. The findings will inform the creation of a set of practical resources intended to enable cultural organisations or individual practitioners to continue supporting their communities over the months ahead, reach new audiences, and consider how lessons from pandemic might be applied in the ‘new normal’. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete here.


Sources of information (free to access):

Arts Council E-newsletter:  (Oversight of Arts Council England COVID 19 response)

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy: Subscribe to our mailing list | Cause4

Artswork: Our newsletters – Artswork

Artswork Alliance:

Arts Marketing Association:

Creative England: Creative England Creative England

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre: Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (

Creative United newsletter: (scroll to the bottom)

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance:

East Sussex Growth Hub:

External Funding Team/Funding News: Grants and funding – East Sussex County Council

Freelancers Make Theatre Work: Practical Resources – Freelancers make theatre work

Heritage Lottery Fund: Welcome | The National Lottery Heritage Fund (scroll to the bottom for the sign up option)

Locate East Sussex: Locate East Sussex (

Rural Services Network: Home Page – Rural Services Network (