Creative Darlington

Creative Darlington was created in 2011 with the aim of looking at the development of arts in the borough and encouraging more people to discover their creative side.

Creative Darlington also had the task of finding new
ways of working and developing arts finance from
new sources.

Creative Darlington has supported local and national events such as Darlington Arts Festival and the Festival of Thrift as well as local arts organisations/artists, helping them to secure sponsorship and funding.

Creative Darlington is also responsible for Crown Street Art Gallery and works closely with The Bridge [external link], a community arts venue.

Developing finance for arts activities in 2013/14

Creative Darlington has allocated a budget in 2013/14 to encourage individuals and arts organisations to develop arts activity and to secure additional finance for the arts in Darlington. Our budget is focused on arts activity within Darlington borough and the professional development of individuals (artists, curators, producers) or arts organisations resident within Darlington borough. We expect successful applications to secure significant additional finance from other sources including sponsorship, fundraising, philanthropy, earned income or a combination of these. You don’t need to have already confirmed other finance before applying but confirmation you have secured additional finance will be a condition of any support from Creative Darlington. The attached application form contains further guidance.

Support for strategic arts assets in Darlington in 2013/14

Creative Darlington’s developing arts assets budget is focused on developing the sustainability of key arts organisations resident in Darlington and addressing risks to their ongoing practice. We can only support arts organisations based in Darlington borough. A minimum award of £5,000 and a maximum award of £15,000 are available, subject to successful application. This is an open programme subject to a competitive application process and we only anticipate making a small number of awards in 2013/14. The Creative Darlington Manager can provide an update on the budget available and provide an application form. Arts organisations resident in Darlington borough are invited to submit proposals for specific time limited development work focused on building the sustainability of their practice which might include:

  • Business planning
  • Financial strategies including developing fundraising capacity
  • Developing communications plans
  • Support in making organisations or venues investment ready
  • Training and organisational development
  • Consultancy to inform capital development plans

All arts organisations wishing to apply for support must be and have:

  • located in Darlington Borough and make a significant contribution to Darlington’s arts offer
  • constituted
  • their own bank account
  • a track record of delivering or co-ordinating arts activity which provides a public benefit in Darlington

Contact Creative Darlington

Creative Darlington is happy to work with partners in Darlington, the North East, nationally or internationally.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Artists, individuals and arts organisations who are interested in developing or delivering activity in Darlington
  • Individuals or organisations interested in supporting arts activity in Darlington.

Stephen Wiper
Creative Darlington Manager
The Dolphin Centre

Telephone: 01325 388396
Mobile: 07970184533
Fax: 01325 369400

Creative Darlington is on Twitter [external link] and Facebook [external link]

Useful links

Information about music, comedy and film events/organisations in Darlington

Please visit the Civic Theatre pages for information about the Civic Theatre, and to book events