Creative Darlington was created in 2012. Our vision is that:
Darlington will be a place in 2026 and beyond where culture enriches lives, involves people and is central to identity and prosperity.
Our current priorities are:
- To creatively celebrate Darlington’s contribution to the birth of the modern railway.
- For Darlington to have an accessible, diverse and vibrant culture, encouraging economic growth.
- For Darlington to champion engagement with culture, particularly amongst children and young people.
- For culture to thrive within Darlington borough and attract visitors to the Town Centre.
- For Darlington to have a thriving theatre offer involving people of all ages.
Creative Darlington is also responsible for Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington Town Hall exhibition space, managing access to the Borough Art Collection [external link] and works closely with The Bridge [external link], a community arts venue, and many artists, producers, creative individuals, organisations and enterprises within Darlington borough.
In 2017/18 we supported programmes like Darlington Theatre Town, which incorporated a four day Pop-Up Theatre Town programme in Darlington market place from 5 – 8 October 2017.
In 2018/19 Creative Darlington supported a partnership project involving the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Darlington Hippodrome, Durham & Darlington Music Hub and Orchestras Live. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) delivered a creative film composition project in which young musicians from Wyvern Academy, Darlington, composed a live musical soundtrack for a short film, which was shared alongside their live performance at The Hullabaloo on Monday 10 September 2018.
The community art project - an innovative project which provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to try out arts activities.
Creative Darlington is happy to work with partners in Darlington, the North East, nationally or internationally - particularly individuals, enterprises and organisations who are interested in developing, delivering or supporting creative activity in Darlington.
Creative Darlington Manager
Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1ND
Creative Darlington is on Twitter [external link] and Facebook [external link]