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Dear Creative,

We know that having access to culture and creativity can help us stay well, get well and live longer high quality lives. This week we’re celebrating national creativity and wellbeing week and the positive impacts culture and creativity have on our health and wellbeing every day.

We warmly welcome you to join our next ACED Network meeting on 28 June in Axminster and please also sign up for the new ACED website directory to better connect, amplify and support each other’s work.

Check out our latest artist call outs and new funding opportunities too!


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Join the ACED membership directory

Please sign up to be listed on the new ACED website directory. Membership is free to cultural organisations and individuals who:

Deadline: 31 May. 

Sign up

Next ACED Network Meeting

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Wednesday 28 June, 10.00-12.00 at Axminster Guildhall

We will focus on funding opportunities with Arts Council England and National Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Introduction to Arts Council Programmes, Ceri Johnson, ACE
  • Introduction to National Lottery Heritage Fund, Kelly Spry-Phare, NLHF
  • Sustainable Arts & Culture, Catherine Causley, Climate Change Officer, EDDC
  • Decarbonising your buildings through the CLTF Fund, Joanne Avery, EDDC

Register your place

*NEW* Culture, Leisure and Tourism Fund (CLTF) 

Community organisations will be able to apply for up to £20,000 to help decarbonise their arts venue, e.g. solar PV panels, air source heat pumps, EV charging points.

Take a look at The Arts Green Book for guidance in making cultural buildings sustainable.

Launch: June. 6-week application window and a single stage application process.


Free ACED Training 

  • Carbon Literacy Training for cultural organisations: 
    Session 1 – self-led online learning module
    Session 2+3 - participant sessions via Zoom: 6 June 10:00–12:30 and 8 June 9:15–13:15 

Sign up

Delivered by the South West Museum Development Programme.

*Final session* free ACED marketing training 

Join this week's final marketing training session with Flying Geese. If you have missed them, the recorded sessions will be available on our new ACED website. 

  • 18 May, 10-12 - Measuring success and evaluation, online 


Flying Geese regularly release new marketing tools and research information, you can sign up here -


These training sessions are brought to you by ACED and are funded by the UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.

Artist calls and funding opportunities

Artist commission: Devon-based photographic artists are invited to make new work about Dartmoor for RAMM. Commission fee: £6,000 plus production budget. £300 fee for each of three shortlisted artists to present a proposal to selection panel.

Deadline: 22 May, 12.00 


Artist call: Thelma Hulbert Gallery invites applications from contemporary artists living/working in the South West for the THG Open 2023.  

  • Overall winner: Solo exhibition and £500 prize
  • Best emerging artist under 25: Solo exhibition in THG project space
  • Visitors’ choice: £100 prize 

Deadline: 28 July, 5.00.


East Devon AONB: Communities Project Fund: Grants of up to £4,000 to help and encourage local projects, including local festivals, to explore and develop ideas that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to AONB communities.

Deadline: 28 February, 2024.


Volunteers week

Volunteers week: 1 – 7 June 2023

It's the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week, when thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognise and celebrate the contribution volunteers make across the UK.

Looking to recruit more volunteers? Our new ACED website will promote volunteering opportunities so make sure you sign up to our ACED Members Directory by May 31st to be featured.

Design thinking

Free Workshop

Artists as Facilitators - Design thinking training
The Creative Arc programme is looking to build an alumni of facilitators in Design Thinking. You will be immersed in a range of bespoke activities to acquire experiences, mindset, and practical tools, to design and lead your own Design Thinking workshops
Digital badge on completion. Number on course: max. 25
Tuesday 11 –  Thursday 13 July, 10 – 4 
Creative Quadrant (CQ) building, University of Exeter Business School.
To apply, please complete this short form by 30 May 2023

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About ACED

Arts and Culture East Devon (ACED) is a forum connecting the artistic communities of East Devon and providing a central platform to engage, network, promote and talk about arts and culture across the region