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Arts Council England invest in Crawley

2 December 2021

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 LGBTU+, 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.

This ambitious project called The Creative Playground 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. Focused work will take place in a variety of neighbourhoods in Crawley with a view to engaging people across the whole town.

The programme runs from April 2022 to March 2025. To find out more, please sign up to the Creative Crawley mailing list.