Arts and Culture East Devon - October news, events and grants

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Dear Creative,

This month, ACED is delighted to offer you a new training opportunity to improve your public speaking skills. Don't forget to sign up for Governance training too.

Deadline is approaching for the Creative East Devon Fund, so get your applications in!  

  • Creative East Devon deadline: 15 November

  • Sign up for next ACED meeting

  • *New* public speaking training

  • Sidmouth's Kingdom of Funghi

Creative E Devon Fund

*Reminder * Creative East Devon Fund 

The Creative East Devon Fund from ACED provides grants of up to £3,000 to local art & culture initiatives and projects. For details of eligible projects, please read our FAQs.

Deadline: 15 November, midday

Any questions, please email Sarah Elghady, East Devon District Council (EDDC) Cultural Producer 

 Funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Find out more

Winter ACED Network Meeting

aced Feb meeting

We had a great turnout to our last ACED Meeting in Sidmouth, which included a presentation from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with Kelly Spry-Phare. Find out more:

What we Fund: The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Please register to join our next ACED Network meeting. 

Monday 19 February, 10.00-12.00 (coffee + networking from 9.30)

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton


public speaking

Free ACED training for East Devon creatives

*Reminder* Governance 101 Training for Trustees
Wednesday 1st November, 13.00-16.00
The Beehive, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LZ
For anyone looking to understand more about the governance of arts, cultural and heritage organisations. You may be a Trustee, on an advisory board or steering group, or interested in becoming a Trustee.


*New* Public Speaking Training
13 February 2024, 10.00-13.00
Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver St, Axminster EX13 5AH
Free training - looking at all aspects of caring for museum and gallery collections. Suitable for anyone, paid or volunteer, who works with a collection.


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

sid school of art

Bob Reynolds by Sarah Hall

This month's highlight

Sidmouth’s Kingdom of FungiSidmouth School of Art celebrates the changing of the season and local biodiversity with Sidmouth Fungi by local photographer Bob Reynolds. His new work for Sidmouth Wallspace is a magical, mysterious ethereal work highlighting the beauty and diversity of locally found fungi.


Funding Opportunities

  • Historic England: Everyday Heritage Grants - celebrating 'Working Class Histories', grants will fund community-based projects wishing to celebrate and share their heritage. Priority given to smaller grassroots projects for less than £10,000. Deadline: 7 November. Apply
  • Million Hours Fund - grants of £30,000 - £100,000 for projects that create better outcomes for young people at a higher risk of anti-social behaviour. Can include learning, arts, playing sports or developing life skills. Exmouth is an eligible area. Deadline 24 November. Apply
  • EDDC's Culture, Leisure and Tourism Fund has awarded 23 grants to community organisations and tourism businesses, inc. The Gateway Theatre, The Beehive, Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum, and Axminster Guildhall. £320,000 of funds will be available again late spring/early summer 2024. More

Other opportunities

  • Digital Commissions: The Box are offering 3 digital artist commissions. Artists are invited to make a contemporary response to three specific areas of their collections. £3,000-£6,000. Deadline 31 October 2023. More

  • Freelancers: Arts Council England are building a picture of the freelance workforce as part of their commitment to increase support for creative and cultural freelancers. Deadline 31 October. Take part

  • East Devon Tourism Network meeting. Tuesday 14 November, 9.30-12.30, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth for tourism venues/businesses including culture organisations. Speakers include Chris Charles: Hotel Director The PIG at Combe, Matt Young: Who Needs Instruction CIC and the Journalling Guy, and Becky Craven: Creative Photographer and Workshop Leader. Free, register here

Have a job opportunity or artist call? Please share it with us:

More opportunities including ACED funding, training and links to resources on the ACED website.


Arts and Culture East Devon (ACED) is a network 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