We are delighted to be part of the core consortium for Crawley’s Creative Playground. This ambitious project will support local people to engage in high quality arts and culture in Crawley as audiences, participants, makers, producers and curators. Local people will work with a team of experts to develop their skills, engage in a wide range of different types of creativity and make decisions about what art and culture takes place in their town in homes, work places, community venues, outdoor areas and public spaces.
The project will employ artists, production managers, marketing, PR and audience development specialists, evaluation specialists, producers, community specialists and more and will involve a range of voluntary opportunities too. Creative workshops, shows, gigs, exhibitions, digital projects, outdoor art and festivals covering a range of art forms from local, national and international artists and arts organisations will be at the heart of the project.
A series of monthly, creative meet ups will take place in a range of locations across Crawley where participants will make decisions on what creative activity happens in the town. Focussed work will take place in a variety of neighbourhoods in Crawley with a view to engaging people across the whole town.
A consortium of six Crawley organisations has been successful in securing up to £1 million investment in a three year programme of creativity in the town. Manor Royal Business Improvement District, Crawley LGBT+, Crawley Town Community Foundation, Diverse Crawley and The Hawth will form the core consortium to govern the project and Creative Crawley is the lead delivery partner.
Alongside the £1 million investment from Arts Council England the project will lever another nearly £600,000 and 40% of that income is already confirmed from partners including Crawley Borough Council, Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival.
The project will begin in April 2022 with a 6 month development period and run to the end of March 2025.
For more information contact Louise Blackwell, Creative Director, Creative Crawley firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Creative Crawley’s website and press release: https://www.creativecrawley.com/news-blog/