Creative Darlington was created in 2012 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 led by Darlington for Culture and the Festival of Thrift in 2013, 2014 and 2015 while it was held in Darlington, as well as working with local producers, artists and arts organisations, helping them to secure sponsorship and funding.
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.
Our current cultural strategy priorities are Darlington as a theatre town, creative exploration of Darlington’s rail heritage, Darlington contributing to the Tees Valley UK City of Culture 2025 ambition and the Case for Culture and for Darlington to have an accessible, distinctive and excellent cultural offer, including public programmes, events and festivals and targeted activity. 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 artists/individuals/organisations who are interested in developing, delivering or supporting arts activity in Darlington.
We are particularly interested in artists, individuals and organisations who are interested in developing, delivering or supporting arts activity in Darlington.