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

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Dear Creative,

To celebrate Volunteer Week, we want to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers across East Devon who contribute to the smooth running of our museums, cultural organisations, festivals and events, enhancing the high quality of life and wellbeing in our towns and villages. Please join us next week at our ACED Network meeting where we will present our first ACED Volunteer of the Year Award. Other news:

  • Reminder: ACED Summer Network Meeting
  • Manor Pavilion's Summer Play Season
  • New training and funding opportunities

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Reminder: Summer ACED Network meeting

Join us on Tues 11 June, 10.00-12.00 at The Gateway Theatre, Seaton, where we will announce the nominees and winner of the ACED Volunteer of the Year Award.

We also look forward to hearing from:

  • Overwintering: how can the arts engage with climate change? – Anne-Marie Culhane
  • Support from East Devon VCSE, including setting up a CIC – Victoria Grimberg
  • Promoting your event online - Hanna Mepstead, East Devon Excellence
  • Climate Action Programme funding - Zoe Smith, EDDC

Coffee and networking from 9:30am.

Register now


New training opportunities

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us yesterday from Whimple Heritage Centre, Fairlynch Museum, Allhallows Museum, Axminster Heritage Centre, Exmouth Museum, Seaton Museum, Ottery Heritage Centre for a care of photography training session.

We’re celebrating Volunteer Week with further free training tomorrow at Blackdown House. It’s not too late to sign up:

Volunteer Training: Wednesday 5 June, 10 - 1 at Blackdown House, Honiton.
Do you find it hard to recruit volunteers? Expand your skills in recruitment, induction and training for volunteers at your organisation.

Sign up

Approaching Diversity: Saturday 29 June, 11- 3.30 at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Free places for ACED Members
One of ACED’s core values is diversity and inclusion. This session is ideal if you could benefit from a refresher on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion best practice.

Sign up 


Volunteering Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering for an arts, culture or heritage organisation? Our ACED website lists over 70 local opportunities! Volunteering Opportunities (

Exmouth Festival volunteers call out 

Exmouth Festival (19 - 21 July) is seeking volunteers for their 'Green Team' to help with guiding people to correct recycling bins, discussing Exmouth Town Council's sustainability initiatives, promoting reuse (specifically the Exmouth Cup), managing the Cycle Hub, advocating for plant-based diets, and supporting other environmentally-friendly stalls and initiatives. 

If you're interested in joining the Exmouth 'Green Team' or need more information, please contact Zoey at Full training and briefing provided.

June Highlight

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Manor Pavilion Sidmouth Summer Play Festival (24 June - 21 September)

This year's Summer Play Festival is shaping up to be a strong year with 12 plays over 12 weeks. Plays include Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh, Yes, Prime Minister by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza and and Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott.


Funding opportunities

Wolfson Foundation: Funding for Places Registered charities, historic buildings, libraries, museums, galleries and performing art organisations can apply for capital grants for buildings and equipment. Minimum grant £15,000. Deadline June.

Jerwood Foundation is offering grants to UK-based organisations that focus on making art available for public benefit and promoting emerging talent in the arts. Deadline: 14 June.

Goodness Grants St Helen’s Farm – the UK’s largest goats’ milk producer is offering grants up to £5,000 to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities for health, places or skills for families in their communities. Deadline 30 June.

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest Voluntary and community organisations based in Axmouth, Beer and Cranbrook can apply for grants of £300 - £3,000 for projecs that support young people, sports clubs, elderly and people with disability, health, arts and the environment. Deadline: 14 July.

Hedley Foundation provides grants under £5,000 to smaller charities that support disadvantaged young people and youth projects through the arts. Deadline 17 July.


Other opportunities

Salem Chapel, East Budleigh dating from 1719, seeks new ownership and usage and is calling for anyone (individuals, charities, businesses) interested in the future of this stunning Grade II* listed building to reach out to

East Devon Carbon Action is a new programme providing free decarbonisation support for East Devon businesses and community organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and cut costs. Sign up.

Creative Hero Awards celebrate the incredible efforts of those working to provide opportunities for children and young people in art, music, drama, creative writing, drama in Devon and Torbay. Deadline 7 June.

Have a job opportunity or artist call? Please share it: More funding and training opportunities and links to resources on 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.