Creative Darlington

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Last Updated:15/12/2014 08:50:35

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.

Creative Darlington is happy to work with partners in Darlington, the North East, nationally or internationally - particularly artists/individuals/organisations who are interested in developing, delivering or supporting arts activity in Darlington.

Find out more about arts organisations in Darlington on our clubs and societies page

The community art project - an innovative project which provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to try out arts activities

Contact us

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

We are particularly interested in artists, individuals and organisations who are interested in developing,delivering or 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]

Openart Studio

Mondays and Fridays 10am to 3:30pm at The Bridge [external link]

Openart Studio is a social prescription project focussing on enhancing mental health and wellbeing, where you can enjoy being creative in a relaxed atmosphere.

Professional artists are on hand at all times to help with your artistic interests in ceramics, textiles, printing, drawing and painting. You can stay for the day or just an hour - whatever works best for you.

Free of charge for eight weeks, Openart Studio is a chance to have lots of fun and make new friends. If you would like to continue after that, we ask for a small contribution.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Davies on 01325 244174 or If you would like to take part, please fill in the Openart Studio leaflet [pdf document] and bring it with you on the day.

Support for arts in Darlington

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 in Darlington. 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.

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