Arts and Culture East Devon - December news, events and funding

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Dear Creative,

2023 has been a successful year for arts and culture in East Devon. It's been fantastic to see the ACED network grow over the last year to over 130 members. Thank you to everyone who has joined our network meetings and we hope you found our free training opportunities helpful. We are delighted to bring new mentoring and training opportunities for 2024. We wish you all a well-earned and relaxing festive break. 

  • New Mentoring opportunities
  • Don't forget to sign up for next ACED meeting

  • Reminder public speaking training in February

  • Honiton Mural unveiled


New Mentoring Opportunity

Calling Mentors and Mentees!

The new ACED Mentoring Programme will enable young people aged 18 – 30 in East Devon to learn from ACED's community of experienced creative professionals. Register your interest now as a mentor or mentee:


Winter ACED Network Meeting

aced Feb meeting

Don't forget to sign up to our next ACED Network meeting:

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

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

Our speakers will be discussing: Inclusivity in the Arts, Crowdfunding, the Telling our Story project, Arts, Health and Wellbeing, plus Arts and Culture at Exeter University.


public speaking

*Reminder* public speaking workshop 

A playful way to master public speaking!
13 February 2024, 10.00-1.00
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth

  • Delivered by trainer Cathy Towers, the session will use play and games to explore different elements of public speaking.
  • Discover how to use these skills for your needs from standing on stage to presenting a talk, interviews on radio/TV to speaking at a meetings/networks.


Brought to you by ACED, funded by UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.

honiton mural

This month's highlights

  • Honiton Hippo collage unveiled at Honiton Station
    The new mural is the culmination of the Honiton Hippo project. The artwork was created at Thelma Hulbert Gallery by Honiton Primary pupils during workshops with artist Alistair Lambert as part of the national Wild Escape project.
    Funded by South Western Railway, Honiton Town Council and grants organised by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership.
  • Exeter, City of Literature: A new film celebrates Exeter as the UNESCO City of Literature and its impact on the wider Devon region. Watch now

What's On in East Devon


East Devon Excellence has upgraded their website to feature all the amazing events around East Devon. To list your arts and culture event for free, please email Hanna at

Please include dates, times, location, brief description (max 200 words), link for more info & booking link, and jpg image (at least 1200 pixels wide pref. no larger than 225KB)

Funding Opportunities


East Devon Music Award: grants of £100 - £2,000 for young people who play an instrument, produce, compose or write songs. 

New Arts Council England funding for grass roots music: grants of £1,000 - £40,000 for projects of up to three years for rehearsal and recording studios, festivals, promoters, and venues for live music performance at the grassroots of the music industry.

Norman Family Trust:  Budleigh Salterton-based charity helping small, local, not-for-profit organisations with a particular focus on Exeter and East Devon. Grants from £1,000 to £5,000. Deadline 16.01.24

Radcliffe Trust: grants to support classical music projects and the heritage and crafts sector. Grants of £2,500 to £7,500. Deadline 31.01.24

Artist Calls and Opportunities

Calling Women Writers: write a 10 minute audio play for Theatre West inspired by a Thelma Hulbert painting. Prize: £200. Deadline: 12 February 2024. More

Job opportunity: Arts Development Programme Manager at National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB). Deadline: 20 December. More


Job opportunity or artist call to promote? Please share it: 

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