Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 15 February 2019

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 15th February 2019 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin.

Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

You can also find out information and share arts opportunities on our Social Media pages:  

In This Issue:

Job Opportunities

Norwich Theatre Royal Freelance Dance, Drama, Singing and Family Arts Practitioners 

We are expanding and developing our learning and participation work, and we are looking for experienced, enthusiastic and highly passionate practitioners to join our pool of freelancers. Our projects take place at our Theatre, within educational establishments and community settings in Norfolk. We work with a wide range of participants, including families, children, young people and adults.
We have opportunities in the following areas:

Dance Practitioners
We are seeking Dance practitioners who can help us to deliver a variety of workshops and courses in the following disciplines / focus areas:

  • Contemporary Dance
  • Choreograph
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Family focused dance
  • Mixed genre dance (eg with physical theatre, circus, capoeira ….)

Drama Practitioners
We are seeking Drama practitioners who can help us to deliver a variety of workshops and courses in the following disciplines / focus areas:

  • Drama techniques
  • Youth theatre (ages 10 – 18)
  • Drama classes for children (ages 5 – 7)
  • Contemporary drama and ensemble theatre (ages 18 – 25)

Family Arts Practitioners

We are seeking Family Arts practitioners who can help us to deliver a variety of workshops and courses in the following disciplines / focus areas:

  • Activities for families: Under 7 year olds and their grown ups
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama
  • Dance

Singing Practitioners

We are seeking Singing practitioners who can help us to deliver a variety of workshops and courses in the following disciplines / focus areas:

  • Community Choirs with adults, and/or young people
  • Singing technique
  • Musical Theatre
  • Targeted provision

We are keen to hear from people with the following experience and skills:

  • Self-motivated, well-organised and efficient
  • Enthusiasm and professionalism
  • Experience of teaching
  • Experience of workshop and/or course planning and delivery
  • Experience of working with children, young people, adults and/or older people
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Experience managing potentially complex participants and behaviours
  • Committed to developing participant’s skills, and giving participants ownership over their creative work.
  • Practitioners will be employed on a freelance basis and paid a competitive hourly rate. All practitioners must have an up to date DBS check.

To express interest in joining our freelance team please submit a CV and a short covering letter outlining your area of expertise, interest and relevant experience to

Deadline for applications is Sunday 3 March 2019.

Technical and Production Manager at Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre is an all year-round professional venue with both touring and in-house productions. It is known for producing one of the last traditional Summer Repertory Seasons. We are recruiting a full time Technical and Production Manager, who would be happy and able to mentor student technicians. The ideal candidate would have extensive professional experience working with lighting, sound, AV and stage management. Design and carpentry skills would be helpful but not essential.

Please email for more information.

Closing date for applications is 8th March 2019.

Festival Bridge (Norwich and Norfolk Festival) Culture Chain Consultant Wanted

We are looking for a consultant who can work with us to develop a programme that increases the skills and confidence of those working in the sector to diversify their organisations’ investment. The successful applicant will draw on the expertise, tools, relationships and resources within Festival Bridge, which is uniquely placed to draw on best practice, networks, changes to the education sector and knowledge of leadership practice in both the cultural and education sectors, particularly in our own region but also nationally.

The fee for Phase 1 of this consultancy is £5,000
A further £15,000 will be available for delivery of Phase 2, to be contracted separately depending on the outcome of Phase 1.

Application guidelines:
A statement of no more than 4 pages of A4 outlining your approach to Phase 1 of this brief, your experience and suitability for this consultancy, including for the potential delivery of Phase 2 and two referees from clients that you have worked with recently on similar projects.

Please send your application by email to
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 28th February 2019.

For Consultancy Brief click here

Associate Creative Director Big Dog Agency - Norwich

Reporting to our Creative Director, we’re looking for an Assistant Creative Director who will primarily be taking ownership of, directing, and overseeing creative work streams. You will have a passion for fostering an environment that makes thought-provoking and inspiring creative output and managing a team of senior/mid creatives, whilst also being happy to muck in to bring ideas to life. Working on national clients, you will have the opportunity to travel across the UK, and further afield, to meet with them, present and interpret work.

Full-time, permanent

Interested parties should send their CV to with Associate Creative Director in the subject line please.

For more information click here 

Membership & Retail Assistant x 2 National Trust - Sheringham Park

To be fantastic in this role, you’ll need:

  • Genuine enthusiasm for working with people
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • The ability to work to sales targets, and confidently sell our membership benefits
  • Good understanding of the National Trust and what we do
  • A willingness to learn new skills, and a can do attitude
  • Some cash handling experience
  • Experience or interest working for a heritage organisation

Salary £8.46 per hour
Permanent p/t (550 hrs py)
Closing date 20th February 2019

To apply click here

Membership & Visitor Welcome Assistant National Trust - Oxburgh Hall

To be fantastic in this role you’ll need:

  • Genuine enthusiasm for working with people
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • The ability to work to sales targets, and confidently sell our membership benefits
  • Good understanding of the National Trust and what we do
  • A willingness to learn new skills, and a can do attitude
  • Experience of working in a customer service or sales team
  • Some cash handling experience

Salary £8.46 per hour
Fixed Term p/t (until 30/09/19)
Closing date 26th February 2019

To apply click here

Senior House Steward National Trust - Ickworth

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Knowledge and operational experience of collections management and care in historic properties and some experience of collections management systems
  • Good working knowledge of preventative conservation and an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
  • An impressive eye for even the smallest of details and are comfortable working from height
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety & emergency procedures.

And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV/application;

  • Some knowledge and experience of managing budgets and finance.
  • Experience of managing staff & volunteers
    Strong communication skills and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences.
  • An understanding of how enhance our visitor experience through the presentation of information or interpretative material

Salary £23,375 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 12 months)

Closing date March 4th 2019

To apply click here

Marketing and Audience Engagement Manager, Academy of Ancient Music - Cambridge

The AAM is looking to recruit a dynamic and creative Marketing and Audience Engagement Manager who will play a pivotal role at an exciting period in AAM’s history.

The Marketing and Audience Engagement Manager is responsible for developing innovative and creative marketing campaigns for our concerts in London and Cambridge to ensure that targets for ticket sales and income are met. In addition the post-holder works closely with the Concerts and Education teams to engage our current audiences and to develop new audiences, enriching their experiences and broadening their understanding of our work. This includes; commissioning the most relevant speakers for pre-concert talks and writers for concert programmes; generating a range of digital content for use online via the AAM’s website and social media channels; analysing box office data and post-concert feedback and using the insights to drive improvements to our marketing and communication activity; curating content and support for concert venues and promoters; and producing a range of printed materials to support our activity. Support is also provided for the orchestra’s AAMplify ticket scheme for the under-26s, which encourages a growing number of younger people to attend our concerts.

This role additionally supports the launch of new releases on AAM Records (the orchestra’s in-house record label), project-managing all new releases in addition to maximising sales and impact from the back-catalogue.

For an application form please visit:

For enquiries email Anthony Brice

aid £34-36k, Full-time. 

Closing date 28th February 2019 before 5pm

Chief Executive, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art - Newmarket

The Board wish to appoint a new chief executive to manage Palace House through the next stage of its development, and who is a clear sighted and rigorous decision maker.

The Role:

  • Strategic direction, vision and management of Palace House
  • Development and implementation of the business plan to ensure organisational and financial sustainability
  • Development of current and future income streams, including building on the strong fundraising track record
  • Development of reputation and growth of visitor numbers regionally and nationally, to increase self-generated income streams
  • Work closely with Board of Trustees and external stakeholders
  • Strong motivational leadership of a team of around 55 staff (including full and part-time) and 100 volunteers

Key Characteristics:

  • Strong entrepreneurial and commercial skills to develop Palace House's sustainable future
  • Demonstrable experience of financial and management accountability within a similar organisation
  • Strong leadership with excellent communication skills, and an ability to influence partners and stakeholders to achieve results, and manage and gain respect of staff and Trustees
  • Experience in fundraising particularly with High Net Worth individuals
  • Experience in the cultural, funding and heritage tourism sectors, including making national collections relevant to the public

All enquiries should be directed to Julia Somerville on 07951 333575 or by email to, and not to our client directly.

Salary: Up to £70,000, Full-time

Closing date 28th February 2019

Director, Arts & Minds - Cambridge

The post is part-time – 2-3 days per week (negotiable) paid pro rata on a full-time salary scale of £30-35k p.a.

After 10 years, Cambridge based charity “Arts and Minds” is seeking a new Director to take the charity forward.

Arts and Minds is a leading arts and mental health charity delivering Arts on Prescription and other evidence-based arts experiences for people of all ages who live with mental health problems in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and beyond. We are now looking for a passionate and energetic new Director to lead the development of the charity during a period that we hope will see exciting new initiatives come to fruition.

Further details from

For informal enquiries please contact the outgoing Director, Gavin Clayton on 07545 641810

Applications should be made by email and accompanied by a full CV and the names of two referees sent to Kate Meadows at:

Please indicate whether we can approach your referees before interview.

The Closing Date for applications is Thursday 28 February 2019.

Interviews will be held in the week beginning: 18 March 2019.

Freelance Events Staff - Childrens Craft Workshops, Crafty Crew (Norfolk)

We are looking for friendly, fun and enthusiastic freelance events professionals to join our crafty team providing children’s craft workshops. Based in Norfolk, we provide craft workshops and travel nationwide.

Previous event experience and working with children in a creative environment is essential. You must have excellent communication skills, be able to work as part of a team, be cheerful, efficient, presentable and reliable. Training will be appropriately provided.

A full UK driving licence with at least 2 years driving experience is essential as driving a vehicle to an event destination can be required on occasions.This is a paid freelance role, on a daily rate. Availability during weekends and school holidays is essential.

To express an interest in joining our team, or for further information on the role, please send your CV and a covering letter to or contact us on 07917035151.

Deadline for applications is 4th March 2019

Please also visit our website for more information:

The Perse School Technical Manager - Cambridge

Full time 40 hours per week
Salary: £28,000-£32,000

Job Purpose
To manage the backstage department in the provision of technical services to Performing Arts Centre productions, concerts and plays.

Person Specification:

  • A minimum 3-years professional theatre experience.
  • A basic working knowledge of all aspects of sound and sound equipment including rigging, live mixing and recording.
  • A basic working knowledge of all aspects of lighting and lighting equipment including rigging, focussing, plotting and operation.
  • ICT skills.
  • Either, an education in technical theatre to diploma or degree level, or, sufficient practical experience across all disciplines in theatre industry, in which case a formal qualification can be deemed not necessary.
  • A thorough knowledge of Health and Safety legislative requirements and ABTT technical standards
  • Experience of writing risk assessments and safe systems of work.
  • Superior skills in the field of rigging, and the operation of the motorised flying system.

Closing date 18th February 2019 at 12pm

To apply please visit:
For any queries email:

Marina Theatre Marketing & Communications Manager - Lowestoft

Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 pa depending on experience

The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft is looking for an experienced and driven Marketing & Communications Manager to lead on all marketing activity to drive ticket sales & revenue.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, this is an exciting opportunity to join a busy, up and coming venue at a crucial time as it embarks on delivering a significant programme of change that will see the Marina diversify its activities onstage and off, and engage more widely with current and potential audiences.
The Marketing & Communications Manager is a key member of the Marina’s senior management team, providing a strategic lead and will have a specific focus on the theatre’s use of audience data/intelligence, driving the use of digital/on-line communications and building sustainable and meaningful relationships with our audiences.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 18th February.

To apply please visit:

National Trust

Membership & Visitor Welcome Supervisor - Friary Farm Blakeney 

You’ll help coach and motivate the team to ensure a high standard of customer service. You’ll be responsible for the presentation of the visitor reception and making sure the team is always aware of what’s happening at the property that your visitors can enjoy.

£10,220 pa
Permanent p/t (1030 hrs py)

Closing date 18th February 2019

To apply click here


House Steward - Oxburgh Hall

You’ll be responsible for the daily opening of the house, ensuring appropriate resources are in place to be able to provide a consistently excellent service for our visitors.

£19,349 pa
Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 31/03/22)

Closing date 18th February 2019

To apply click here


Membership & Visitor Welcome Assistant x 2 - Ickworth

You’ll be asked to confidently sell membership and gift aid on entry, as well as work to our sales targets. You’ll also be responsible for answering queries and making sure visitors can find everything they need for their visit.

£8.46 per hour
Fixed Term p/t (12 mo)

Closing date February 20th 2019

To apply click here 


General Manager - Blickling Hall 

As General Manager for the Blickling Estate you’ll be leading a team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about looking after this amazing place. You’ll be setting the overall direction and making sure that each aspect of the property can develop its full potential.

£46,711 pa
Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Closing date 24th February 2019

To apply click here

Snape Maltings Administrator

This role will provide essential administrative support to the Director, Creative Campus and the Programme Development Manager. You will be an experienced administrator with a good grasp of Microsoft software and social media. Your ability to multi-task will be underpinned by a “can do” attitude, a flexible approach and excellent attention to detail.

Initially fixed term for 2 years, c£19k FTE
Full time or 4 days per week

Closing date for completed applications: midday on 1 March 2019.


Snape Maltings  Programme Development Manager

This is an exciting role at the forefront of this work. You will work closely with the Director, Creative Campus in the strategic development and evaluation of our creative health programmes. Combining your existing knowledge, experience and connections you will build a programme to meet the needs of a variety of sectors, with health and wellbeing at its heart.

Initially fixed term for 2 years, £30 – 35k FTE
Full time or 4 days per week

Closing date for completed applications: midday on 18 February 2019.

To apply for either job visit:

Market research for Cast Role-Play Training Service

Cast Role-Play Training provides a comprehensive role-play training service and is a UEA commercial enterprise operating within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Cast has delivered an excellent role-play service to UEA Schools for 7+ years, e.g. Norwich Medical School, Schools of Social Work and Pharmacy, providing role-play actors for class-based teaching and examinations.

Cast is commissioning a piece of market research to help us understand the needs and/or demand for role-play training services amongst clients and training settings in the East of England. If you are interested to carry out this market research for us and would like to know more about what we’re looking for then please email Vera Cooke, Cast Officer for information about the brief. The deadline for proposals is Friday 22 February 2019 with the final market research report required by Monday 13 May 2019.

Cast Role-Play Training Service, Drama Studio, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Lecturer in Medieval Literature, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

£42,036 to £48,677 per annum
This full-time, indefinite post is available from 1 September 2019.

Applications are invited for a full-time Lecturer to contribute to teaching, supervision and research in Medieval Literature in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

Closing date: 21 February 2019

For more information and to apply please click here.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers

High House Working Residency - Norfolk Countryside 

High House Studios are pleased to offer residence to artists wishing to develop their practice alongside a willingness to physically immerse themselves in the natural environment. The studios are situated deep in the Norfolk Countryside, surrounded by woodland, park and gardens.

We are offering free accommodation and Studio plus a weekly food bursary in exchange for lending a hand on the Estate during weekday mornings. This invigorating work will be outdoors in the woodlands and garden. The afternoon, evenings and weekends are for you and your practice.

This is a unique opportunity in a unique location, we welcome stays of between two and six weeks. Individuals, couples and groups of up to four welcome. This site aims to inform your decision on whether to apply and how. However, if you have a specific project in mind and require some flexibility then please discuss it with us and we can see if we can make it work.

To apply please send the following;-

  • your name
  • contact telephone number
  • email address
  • a short statement about your work
  • up to 6 images of you work
  • plus… tell us a bit about You.

Applications should be sent to:

or for more information visit:

Young Norfolk Writing Competition - National Centre For Writing 

Write poems or lyrics? Short stories, essays or graphic stories? Aged 11-18? We’re looking for the freshest, boldest words in Norfolk. Send us your very best writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, lyrics, scripts or graphic novels) and you could win professional mentoring, publication on the National Centre for Writing website and bookish goodies!

The writing categories are as follows:

  • Category one: Poetry / song lyrics
  • Category two: Fiction / creative non-fiction / scripts / graphic stories

You can enter six pieces of writing across the categories (maximum three pieces in each category).
Audio entries are also welcomed across all categories.

The word limits for each category are:

  • Fiction, creative non-fiction, scripts, poems and song lyrics – one side of A4 or up to 40 lines
  • Graphic stories – up to four sides of A4
  • Audio entries can be up to five minutes in length.

How to enter
Once your writing is ready, complete the submission form which you can find here, or send us an email from your school/college/personal email account to and we will give details on how to apply. Please note: writing previously submitted to the Young Norfolk Writing Competition in 2018 or 2017 cannot be accepted. However, you are very welcome to enter again with new writing!
The best entries will win an exclusive private workshop session with a guest tutor, followed by an awards ceremony in Norwich in the summer.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 3 June 2019

National Orchestra For All: 2019-2020 Nominations Now Open

The National Orchestra for All (NOFA) is now taking nominations for its 2019-2020 season!
Know a young person aged 11-18 who would benefit from taking part in our unique national orchestra? Now is your chance to nominate them for the 2019-2020 season of NOFA.

What is NOFA?
NOFA is a unique, mixed-skill level orchestra made up of 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across the UK. We don't audition our members; instead, they are nominated to the orchestra by music teachers, social workers and charity partners in recognition of their commitment to music in the face of challenging circumstances.

What's happening at NOFA 2019-2020?
NOFA's 2019-2020 season is called My Roots, Our Routes. We'll be exploring music that underpins human migrations and journeys, alongside the music that defines individual contexts, backgrounds and histories. We will be encouraging our young musicians to explore their own musical identity and we are also commissioning two new works!

Who can take part?
We accept nominations for players of any instrument (including non-traditional orchestral instruments such as guitars, pianos, recorders or saxophones). All of our music is specially arranged for players from pre-grade 1 to 8 standard, and young musicians do not need to be strong readers of music to join. Participation is free for the NOFA member and we cover all travel and accommodation costs. The young musician must be aged 11-18 (from 1 September 2019).

Our aim is to support dedicated young musicians who face some kind of barrier to participating in music, therefore we ask that the young person fulfils certain criteria, which can be found on our website.

The deadline for nominating a young musician in 15 March 2019.

Open Call: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2019, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

The fifth anniversary of the internationally successful Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and backgrounds. The overall deadline has been extended to the 24 February, there will not be any further extension! This year the prize launch 2 new awards - the New Media Award - open to artists who use technology within their practice and the Photography Award. We are a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.

Prizes Include:

  • Value of Prizes increased to £9,000 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award, the Sculpture Award and the newly launched New Media Art Award with partners Rich Mix and Photography Award with partners Fujifilm and Genesis Imaging.
  • £1000 worth of services and a 12 month mentorship with Genesis Imaging
  • Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for 3 Winners
  • Three month winners exhibitions in London, England
  • Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in May - July 2019
  • Entrants will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients, invitations to our informative talks.

Submit up to 5 artworks
Entry fee is £20 for 1st artwork, then £10 per additional artwork
Apply by completing a digital entry form

Deadline is 24th February 2019

To enter visit:

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 'Agent Of Change' - Call For Submissions 

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 is open to artists, designers and makers of all nationalities, resident, studying or currently making work or with work represented in the UK. Applicant’s submitted work should to respond to the theme: Agent of Change.

There are three prizes available: 1st Prize: £3000, 2nd Prize £1000 and a Student Prize of £1000. All artwork in 2D and 3D, in both new and traditional media is accepted. Photography is not eligible. However, photographic works that have been manipulated or inform part of a larger process or work (collage / installation) are eligible.

Up to 3 digital images of each artwork can be submitted and there is an application fee of £12 (student fee £10) for 1 artwork, £15 (student fee £12) for 2 artworks and £20 (student fee £15) for 3 artworks.

Submission Deadline 12th May 2019 at 5pm 

For more information and a submission form click here

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2019 

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle.

Open to established and emerging artists that are 35 years old or younger, The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including fine art, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice winner, as voted for by the public, who will receive a £250 prize.

Deadline for applications 31 March 2019

For more information visit

Maddermarket Acting Opportunities

Come and tread the boards with The Norwich Players...

What can you act in? The Maddermarket Theatre produces in-house productions between February and December each year. These span both our main house and studio spaces and include everything from Shakespeare, farce, modern drama and family shows. All our productions hold auditions and these are open to everyone and anyone.

How to find out more: Each production releases a casting call approximately four weeks before holding auditions. This is a breakdown of all the roles on offer, together with information about the play, the production and the audition process. These can be found on the left of this page.

Not sure what auditioning involves? If you're new to auditioning or considering making a return to the stage after some time away, feel free to contact the Director of Productions, Jez Pike to ask for advice or make general enquiries.

What opportunities are coming up? The next auditions will be for the 2019 Season. Check it out below. To find out more about each play, what parts are on offer and when the auditions are... 

Download the season guide here

Public Art Commission

Who: Experienced artists working in the public realm.

Where: Former Mill Road Depot Site, Cambridge

What: Public Art commission - completion Spring 2020

Budget: £65,000 - design, fabrication and installation

To request a copy of the Artist’s Brief, including details of how to apply please email requesting details for Commission Three.

Deadline for applying: 22 February 2019

Interview dates for shortlisted artists: 14/15 March 2019

The Sainsbury Centre Young Associates - Call For Artists

The Sainsbury Centre Young Associates are programming a series of events exploring the role of the artist and the art gallery.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for artist interventions in the Sainsbury Centre, to present new or existing work in response to the theme 'interact'.

To apply please send a proposal of no more than 200 words, three examples of your work and an artist's C.V. to

Deadline for submissions is Monday 18th February 2019, 5pm

For further information please visit:

The Garage - Freelance Delivery Artists 

We are always on the look out for new freelance delivery artists in theatre, dance and music, as we often have work that comes up at The Garage and across Norfolk. If you are interested in working with us, please complete an application form (download here) and email to

The Hesse Student Scheme - Work experience at the Aldeburgh Festival

The Hesse Student Scheme is an amazing opportunity for 18-25 year olds who love music and are interested in a career in the arts to attend events and help behind the scenes at one of the world’s leading classical music festivals.

For further information, contact Karen Dickman, Producer, Learning and Inclusion at Snape Maltings by email or phone 01728 687 152.

To apply, complete an application form (visit here: and return along with a CV, by Friday 29 March to the address shown on the form.

Encounters Film Festival

Call for entries for the 25th edition of Encounters Festival are now open!

Encounters Festival are now accepting submissions to our 2019 competitions!

We invite you to submit your Live Action and Animation shorts into our International Competitions, we accept films across all genres including – horror, drama, comedy, experimental and all submissions must be under 30 minutes long.

Entries are also invited from Virtual Reality and 360 degree films for our Immersive Encounters competition.

Early Bird – 28 March 2019
Regular Deadline – 9 May 2019
Final Deadline – 6 June 2019

For more information on how to apply visit:

Encounters Film Festival 

Encounters Film Festival is looking for applicants with a proven interest in short film to join the pre-selection panel reviewing submissions to the 2019 international short film competition. The number of submissions we’re receiving is increasing so we’re looking for some fresh eyes to help us select the competition programme for this year!

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a proven interest in short film
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Encounters curatorial standards
  • Have a familiarity with past programmes
  • Be organised, able to work alone and have a proven ability to work to deadlines

Salary: £500 fee

To apply, send your CV and a short cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to:

The closing date for this position is 18/02/2019 at 09:00

For more information please visit:

Film Hub South East

Applications are now open for Film Hub South East membership 2018-19. Join now to access our schemes and opportunities for exhibitors across the region.

The Film Hub South East region covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex. We are thrilled to be able to work with cinemas, film festivals, film societies and community groups across the region to realise our vision for the South East.

Applications are open until 31 March 2019

To join visit:
To contact:

First Light Festival - Opportunities for Artists

22 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
Lowestoft Beach Front, Suffolk, NR33
Supported by EAAF

First Light Festival is a brand new FREE 24-hour multi-arts festival for the UK, celebrating Lowestoft as our most easterly town, where the first sunrise reaches the horizon every morning.

First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday the 22nd of June, through to midday on Sunday the 23rd. Come together on Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars for a unique shared experience with music, dance, film, talks, walks, sports and workshops as well as the best local and regional food, drinks and produce. The festival site will extend out across the promenades and gardens to offer arts, activities and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting.

There are opportunities for artists - commissions for beach hut installations and the first CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and First Light Festival artist residency. For information CLICK HERE

For more information about First Light Festival, visit the
First Light Festival website

Women musicians - expressions of interest please, DGAS Music Women's Project

DGAS Music Women's Project runs drumming workshops for women who have experienced problems in their lives. We are looking for women musicians who have experience of playing and facilitating African drum rhythms and facilitating music making sessions.

At present we are between funding for workshops but expect to receive funding in the coming year so are hoping to build new working partnerships with women musicians. Could interested women please email a brief resume to

Women only need make contact under Schedule 9 (part 1) of The Equality Act 2010.

Development Opportunities

South Norfolk Fund Day - Free Funding Workshop 

Saturday 9 March 2019, 9.30am to 1pm
Hempnall Village Hall, Bungay Road, NR15 2NG

Hear from a variety of different funders about how to write a great application, and learn more about the different types of funds that may be appropriate for your community group or project. You will hear from groups who have been successful in their funding bids. There will be an opportunity to network with other groups to share tips and ideas, with tea and coffee!

Book your place here.

You will hear from speakers including:

Big Lottery
Norfolk Community Foundation
Orbit Housing
East of England Co-op
South Norfolk Council
Successful community projects
Plus more!

Teas and coffees will be available throughout the morning.

MuseumNext Conference - London 

Mon 03 Jun 2019 to Wed 05 Jun 2019
Early Bird – £440
Early Bird for Two – £800
Early Bird for Four – £1,500

Now in it's eleventh year, MuseumNext is firmly established as a must attend event for those shaping the future of museums. Join more than 650 museum professionals from 40+ countries for three days packed with inspiration, innovation and conversation.

International - What makes MuseumNext different is our international audience, with delegates travelling from around the globe to be part of this event. This exposes you to new ideas, tactics and methodologies and connects you with people you'd never otherwise meet.

Ideas to Action - This year our theme is 'turning ideas into action'. How do you overcome obstacles in your museum to make change happen? Get real actionable advice from change makers who have successfully turned ideas into action in museums around the globe.

Network - MuseumNext has a reputation as the best conference for networking, with social events, tours, workshops and plenty of coffee to help you to connect with new people.
MuseumNext London will take place on Exhibition Road, alongside the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A. Take advantage of the opportunity to attend this must attend conference whilst it's in London.

Please find full event details and buy tickets here.

Foolproof Project Management Online Webinar 

5th March @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
AMA member rate: £55 + VAT
Non-Member: £115 + VAT

What is it about?

This session will take you through the key elements of foolproof project management. You’ll learn how to set clear aims, create SMART objectives, what stakeholder engagement means, budgeting and risk assessment.
Explore the tools and techniques to plan and schedule your projects, manage your project team and assess the risks. Discover the 10 key steps to successful project management.

What will I gain?

  • Tools for project planning
  • Understanding of how project planning will save time and ensure delivery
  • Confidence in managing your workload and delivery

Who is it for?
This session is for people who are managing several projects at once and would like some tools for prioritising, delivery and evaluation. Whether brushing up on their skills, or learning afresh.

How do I take part?
We will be using an online training platform called WebEx for this event. Before booking, please complete our online training checklist to ensure you get the most out of this training.

Kemi Bamidele, Company Director, Creative Training Hub

Book your place here.

Advice Sessions For Creative Businesses - Newcastle or Skype

Do you need a spark of inspiration or an action plan to take your work forward?
Newcastle (or Skype) - One to one advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development team – 19th March 10am - 4:30pm. Tickets are £55.

Book ticket here.

Why should you attend?

  • You will receive a bespoke advisory hour long session with an experienced arts and business development advisor.
  • Tailored for you and fully confidential, this session will enable you to talk about your ideas or concerns about your creative practice.
  • You will go away with a set of action points to implement into your practice.

What is on offer?

  • We will provide you with a mid-term action and short term action plan to enable you to progress with your practice.
  • We will assist you to break down those barriers that are blocking your business progression.
  • We can sign post you towards the key networks you need that will transport you to the next steps of your practice.

Did you know?

Although we encourage you to meet face to face with our Talent Development Manager, we know that it is not always possible to travel. Therefore we also offer this session via Skype. If you would prefer Skype, proceed with the following:
book your ticket
send the Talent Development Manager your Skype details along with your CV, statement and answers to the 5 required questions
the Talent Development Manager will contact you via Skype at the time of your session, please make sure you are ready and logged in to your Skype account and have previously tested your Skype account.

For any enquiries email:

NFP Bid Writing Workshops (Basics and Advanced) - Various Locations

Basics Workshops:

Do you know the most common reasons for rejection? Are you gathering the right evidence? Are you making the right arguments? Are you using the right terminology? Are your numbers right? Are you learning from rejections? Are you assembling the right documents? Do you know how to create a clear and concise standard funding bid? Are you communicating with people or just excluding them? Do you know your own organisation well enough? Are you thinking through your projects carefully enough? Do you know enough about your competitors? Are you answering the questions funders will ask themselves about your application? Are you submitting applications correctly?

£95 including booking fees. Start time 09.00. Finish time 11.30

Advanced Workshops:

Are you applying to the right trusts? Are you applying to enough trusts? Are you asking for the right amount of money? Are you applying in the right ways? Are your projects the most fundable projects? Are you carrying out trust fundraising in a professional way? Are you delegating enough work?
Are you highly productive or just very busy? Are you looking for trusts in all the right places? How do you compare with your competitors for funding? Is the rest of your fundraising hampering your bids to trusts? Do you understand what trusts are ideally looking for?

£95 including booking fees. Start time 12.00. Finish time 14.30

Workshops run from 18th March - 21 June 2019, in various locations.

For a full list of workshops, dates and locations please click here

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s first annual conference will be held at the Great North Museum: Hancock on 21 and 22 March 2019

The conference is aimed at those working with the arts/heritage and health/wellbeing - or interested in learning more about this work. It will be an opportunity to explore the particular challenges and opportunities presented by a time of unprecedented growth and public interest.

Speakers include Neil Churchill, Director for Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England, Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and Dr Errol Francis of Culture&.

Tickets are priced at £120 for two days (£90 students/lower income) or £75 for one day (£50 student/lower income).

Please find an outline programme here

Book your place here.

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) 2019 annual conference
Young people in the criminal justice system - how can the arts respond?

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10:00 - 16:00, Birmingham
Tickets will be £90 thereafter (£70 for Clinks members) (Bursary places available)

For more information and to book:

Training sessions at The Garage in February

Being Restorative, Thursday 21 February, 9.30am-4.30pm
Learn how to restore good relationships when there has been conflict or harm, to reduce the possibility of such conflict and harm arising. Restorative approaches work by building relationships, maintaining relationships and repairing relationships when harm has been caused.
Restorative approaches support emotional and social development and literacy and equip people with problem solving skills and the ability to manage conflict when it occurs. Restorative approaches also help build respect, responsibility, resolution and reintegration. This session is being delivered by Norfolk County Council.
Cost: £30
Bookings: 01603 283382.

Make an impact with your museum career
Book now for Moving on Up 2019, Museums Association Event

27 February 2019, Nottingham Contemporary

Moving on Up is the essential conference for early career professionals who want to build a dynamic museum career, develop their networks and be inspired to have an impact in the sector.

Aimed at museum professionals in the first five years of their career, the event aims to empower and inspire a radical, challenging workforce.

Museums Association member £75
Non-members £115

For more information and ways to book click here..

Artpocket programme of exciting short courses for adults in 2019

Book Arts 25th February – 6 weeks (6-8) Artpocket, Norwich

Stitched Textiles Studio Project
28th February – 5 weeks (6.30 -9) Creative Crafts, Station Road, Sheringham

3D DIY Design
23rd April - 6 weeks (6-8) Artpocket, Norwich

Find out more at
tel: 07501 3150905

SHARE Museums East

SHARE Museums East delivers a bespoke training programme to Accredited museums in the East of England.The programme covers the following areas: collections management, audience development, leadership, organisational resilience and learning. We welcome those outside the region, or not within the ACE Accreditation Scheme, but please be aware priority is given to those within the Scheme and other delegates may be charged a small fee to attend. Find event details and training here


A creative industries development programme focused on enterprise and innovation. Aiming to enhance creative technology skills and transfer knowledge across sectors through the creation of new public artworks. It will generate disruptive outcomes through the creation of content rich projects that explore the areas of artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and data culture.

Find out more here

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Training Courses

Unlock your fundraising potential with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy's new suite of face-to-face training courses. Taking place all over the country between September 2018 - March 2019, our courses cover a broad range of fundraising skills pitched at different levels. The Essentials series is designed for those earlier in their career, whilst for those further on, we have the Leadership and Governance series, or for something specific take a look at our new Specialist series.

Industry Research & Information

List your cultural business for FREE on the new Visit East of England Website

If you have a tourism offer make sure your cultural business is listed on the official visitor website for the East of England launching early 2019. Simply fill in your details and business information by following this link and submit to have your business appear on our website, completely free of charge.
This form is for tourism attractions and activities including cultural organisations based in the East of England.

If you already have a listing on the current Visit East Anglia website, please complete the form and your listing will be updated for when we launch in 2019.

Please contact us on 0333 320 4202 or email if you have any issues or questions.

Creative Careers Programme

An industry-designed creative careers drive has been launched by a partnership of creative organisations to raise awareness among young people of opportunities to work in the creative economy.The Creative Careers Programme aims to engage with more than 160,000 school-age students by March 2020 and enable around 2m young people to access better advice about pursuing a creative career.

Delivery of the programme will be led by the Creative Industries Federation, ScreenSkills and Creative & Cultural Skills, in collaboration with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools.
The initiative is being promoted amid awareness of the need to tackle skills shortages and mitigate risks to the pipeline of future talent for the UK's successful creative industries. The UK has more than 2m jobs in the creative industries, with a further 1m creative jobs based in organisations outside the creative industries. Creative jobs have been added to the UK economy at a faster rate than jobs in the economy as a whole. Leading industry figures are being encouraged to give their time by delivering inspiring assembly talks through Speakers for Schools.

Other ways in which people in creative organisations can support the programme include by providing work experience placements to young people who wouldn't otherwise have opportunities and by becoming enterprise advisers working with leaders in schools and colleges. 

Find more information on the Creative Industries Federation website here.

MARCH Network

The MARCH Network is one of 8 new national networks funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call to further research into mental health.

MARCH focuses on social, cultural and community assets – which includes the arts, culture, heritage sites, libraries, green spaces, community centres, social clubs, community associations and volunteer groups – and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness, and supporting those living with mental health conditions. There are an estimated 1 million of these assets in the UK.

The MARCH Network is free and open to anyone with an interest in the role that social, cultural and community assets play in mental health and wellbeing, including researchers, community organisations, policy makers, mental health charities, service users and members of the public.

For more information and to join visit:

Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week: June 10 – 16th 2019

We are delighted to have received such an enthusiastic response from members about this initiative so far. If you would like to get involved and haven't signed up yet please email to register you interest and tell us more about any events that you are planning.

The week presents an exciting opportunity to promote and celebrate the many ways in which arts, culture, heritage and creativity contribute to health and wellbeing here in Norfolk. You may be planning to programme a specific creativity and wellbeing focused event(s) or simply to promote relevant activity (performances, workshops, talks, discussions, exhibitions, open days) which you have already programmed in that week.

Please also sign up to submit your event(s) for inclusion in the national programme and publicity, provided by London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance:

For further information about the national initiative, please visit:

Voluntary Arts Creativity Map

Voluntary Arts has launched a map of creative programmes and projects across the UK, for people looking for creative activities, and groups and projects wanting to connect with others in their areas. Consider adding yourself to the map if you're not on there already.

Find out more:

The Museum Freelance Network

Freelancers make up a significant and growing part of the workforce in the museums sector and undertake a huge variety of work. Freelancers offer flexibility; can provide a particular expertise, experience or skillset; bring an unbiased and independent perspective; and can provide innovative thinking, a fresh pair of eyes and a different approach.

Funding Opportunities

Grants 4 Norfolk

Looking for funding? Try our FREE Norfolk County Council search facility serving both businesses and communities. Local, regional and national funding opportunities available. Register here

The Heritage Impact Loan

We are offering loans from £25,000 to £500,000 for up to three years with tailored terms and both flexible and incentivised interest rates for impactful projects. These could include both capital and interest repayment holidays. We support applicants across the UK who are undertaking a capital project or are looking to build upon or scale-up an existing enterprise.

Business Support
We are able to offer additional expert support, advice and mentoring to applicants to support sustainable business change and to help drive their long-term social and economic impact through our capacity building service: RePlan.

The HIF offers incentivised terms to provide greater assistance to those organisations and projects that will deliver enhanced local economic and community impact. Our terms are flexible and competitive, with rates and fees which vary depending upon your circumstances. The headline interest rate is 6%. We can also offer assistance in helping you assess the impact of your project.

Who can apply?
We provide funds to applicants across the UK seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buildings which are of historic or architectural importance - these may be buildings which are listed, in a Conservation Area, or may be of special significance to the community. The end use should be financially viable and help support the objectives of the organisation and provide impact to or benefits for the communities in which the buildings are based. To apply, you must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity, community business or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.The long-term viability of any project or enterprise is as crucial to us when considering an application as it is to you, and so our loans usually require some form of security, most usually a first legal charge. However, in certain circumstances we are able to offer loans where no security is available.

How to Apply
It will be helpful to speak to a member of the AHF’s Investment Team for advice and guidance in the first instance. If your project is one which we would like to support, you will be encouraged to apply and then supported throughout the application process throughout.
Applications can be made at any time.
Please complete an Initial Enquiry Form so that we can get in touch to discuss your requirements, email us at or call us on 020 7925 0199. Or further information please click here

EIRA Funding

The Eastern ARC Consortium (Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent) has recently been awarded £4.7 million for the Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA) initiative by Research England through the Connecting Capability Fund to establish a network that will support business innovation in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent. The EIRA project will support innovation in three areas - artificial intelligence, biotech and digital creative. There is a range of funding opportunities available to UEA researchers and businesses active in the New Anglia and South East LEP interested in working together.

Examples of funding available:

  • Innovation vouchers - Up to £5k for companies to access consultancy support from experts within UEA and partner institutions
  • R&D grants - Between £20-50k for companies to undertake collaborative research and development activity with experts from UEA and partner institutions
  • Proof of concept fund - Grants between £10-40k to help companies understand the market for their service, research or technology, by drawing on expertise within UEA and partner institutions
  • Start-up micro finance - Up to £3k for start-ups that are being developed at UEA and partner institutions to enable business ideas to be tested
  • Innovation internships - Provision of up to 12 weeks of support from a graduate programme linked to specialist expertise

Deadlines for EIRA PoC and R&D applications:
Friday 22 March 2019 (for 5 April submission)
Friday 31 May 2019 (for 14 June submission)
Friday 2 August 2019 (for 16 August submission)
Friday 4 October 2019 (for 18 October submission)
Friday 22 November 2019 (for 6 December submission)

Applications for innovation vouchers, internships and start-up microfinance will be on a rolling basis, applications can be submitted at any time.

For further information visit

Go For It Grants - South Norfolk Council 

The grants give funding for not-for-profit projects that bring communities together and encourage people to take part.  All you have to do is complete an application and show us how you plan to do it. 

How to apply:

To apply for a grant, just read the grant criteria and complete a Go for it Grants application form.  Return the form by email to . Alternatively post it to the Community Capacity Team, Go for it Grants, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE.

If you need any help or have any questions call our helpful team on 01508 533747.

New Anglia Growth Hub - For Norfolk and Suffolk 

Growing Business Fund
Our Growing Business Fund offers grants up to £500,000 for local businesses which want to grow and create new jobs. The grants can cover up to 20% of the total project cost.

  • Are you an established and growing business?
  • Are you looking to invest, expand and recruit new staff?
  • Are you seeking capital funding to make this happen?

Please contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or Our Business Growth Advisers offer free, impartial support and will guide you through the application process.

Small Grants Scheme
If you have plans to grow your business, you could benefit from a grant of between £1,000 and £25,000 from the New Anglia LEP. The grant can pay up to 20% of the total costs of your plans and some areas in Norfolk and Suffolk may be eligible for up to a 30% contribution.

  • Are you expanding your business?
  • Do you have plans to improve productivity or efficiency?
  • Are you launching new products or services?

Call the Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or email to discuss your plans with a Business Growth Adviser.
For detailed guidance notes on eligibility and the application process read the Small Grant Scheme FAQs.

For additional information visit:

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

Our Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants support UK curators, museum professionals and researchers to undertake travel or other activities that will extend and develop their curatorial expertise, collections-based knowledge and art historical interests.

Established with the support of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share our belief in the importance of developing curatorial skills and supporting serious research, the grants are available to support, for example:

  • travel and accommodation for research trips and conferences
  • museum and exhibition visits
  • training courses and programmes of study
  • books and subscriptions to add to a museum’s research resources or library
  • other kinds of activity where a strong case can be made for its contribution to the development of curatorial skills and collections-based research projects

There are two categories of grant available, £200-£1,500 and £1,501+, and we have £75,000 in total to give annually. Since 2012 we have helped 321 curators, scholars and researchers with 294 projects. For details on the sort of activities we can support, full information on eligibility and how to apply, download our Guidance for Applicants

You are encouraged to contact the Programmes team at Art Fund to discuss your potential project before submitting an application. Please get in touch on 020 7225 4822 or

The Fenton Arts Trust

The Trust’s overall aim is to give encouragement and financial support to those actively contributing to the creative arts in the U.K. It seeks to assist individuals and organisations who are making a worthwhile contribution to the artistic and cultural life of this country. In particular it wishes to support artists at the beginning of their careers, the often expressed desire of our founder Shu-Yao Fenton.

Grants are available to support individual works, activities, performances or prizes in any field of artistic endeavour including drama, painting, sculpture, dance, music, poetry and architecture. An application may come from a group, company or institution or from an individual so long as the application does not involve support of an individual’s education or initial professional training.

For more information and to apply visit:

Developing your Creative Practice, Arts Council England

Developing your Creative Practice is a development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector. The fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. It will allow creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice.  Round 4 will open for applications on 17 January 2019 and close at 12pm (noon) on 21 February 2019.. More information here

Arts and Culture Fund for North Norfolk

The North Norfolk District Council Arts and Culture Fund is open for applications, the fund offers grants of up to £2,000.

The aim of the Fund is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Norfolk residents through active participation and engagement in arts and culture.

Any voluntary or community organisation with a project to improve the health and wellbeing of a community or specific group of residents in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply to the Fund.

Projects will need to demonstrate the active involvement or participation of North Norfolk residents, e.g. establishment of a community choir, participatory arts, dance, drama and music events.

Applications for an Arts and Culture grant will be assessed 3 times a year with the deadline for applications being the last Friday of June, October and February. Decisions on completed applications received will be made by delegated authority within 4 weeks of the deadline. The net deadline is: Friday 22nd February.

For more information about the Arts and Culture Fund or to apply for a grant visit and search “Arts and Culture Fund”.

To discuss a potential application call the Communities Team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

Breckland Council Match Funding

Applications can be made at any time while the Fund is open. Please note, this funding programme is currently available up until and including June 30th 2019. The following levels of Match Funding grants are currently available:

Breckland Council Match Funding Small Grants
Funding of between £500 and £5,000.
With this funding stream applicants can expect a maximum of 50% of the total project cost therefore match funding is required which can be from your own funds or other external funders.

Breckland Council Match Funding Large Grants
Funding of between £5,001 and £20,000.
With this funding stream there is a maximum of 30% of the total project cost available, therefore match funding is required which can be from your own funds or other external funders.

Find out more & apply 

Broadland Community at Heart Grants

Broadland District Council’s Community at Heart Grants programme is designed to help meet the needs of local community groups and the provision of community-led activities and projects.
Maximum Grant: £5,000

Find out more & apply 

New Endeavour Rangers Fund

The New Endeavour Rangers Fund aims to support charitable organisations offering opportunities and positive activities for children and young people in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Applications can be received at any time with decisions being made in June and November.

The Fund will not support activities for the under-fives.

Grants of between £500 – £2,000 are available.

Some examples of projects previously supported include:

  • Youth clubs and holiday programmes
  • Trips and activities for young carers
  • Opportunities for children and young people to learn new skills
  • Positive activities to support families

Find out more & apply 

Norfolk Community Foundation Themed call: Mental Health & Wellbeing and Vulnerable Families

Applications are invited for projects that meet one or both of the following priority themes:

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Vulnerable Families

Applications for grants of up to £10,000 can be accepted. While funds able to offer this size of grant in full are limited, we will aim to look at multiple funds to secure the funds needed. If your group would normally apply to several NCF funds for the same or similar costs, this is an opportunity to make a request that reflects your funding needs without the requirement for multiple applications.

Applicants can submit ONE application to a themed call.
Deadline: 8 March 2019

Find out more & apply 

Arts Council England - Creative People and Places Fund 2019-2023

Grants for consortia in parts of England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement to develop a programme of cultural activity and engagement over four years but with a 10-year vision. The funding is for new places across England. Click here to see a list of eligible places, the list includes Great Yarmouth and Breckland in Norfolk.

Maximum value: £2,000,000
Application deadline: 21 March 2019

Find out more & apply

The Elephant Trust

Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Maximum value: £2,000
Application deadline: 25 March 2019

Find out more & apply

NESTA Launch Cultural Impact Development Fund

The Cultural Impact Development Fund offers repayable finance between £25,000 and £150,000 to arts, cultural and creative organisations that are committed to improving the quality of their impact practice and evaluation and could benefit from external support with this. It aims to enable ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes, and to increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their intended social impact. Applications will be accepted until the 31st of August 2021. More information can be found here

Community grants programme, Norwich City Council

Tiered grants of £50, £300 and £500 are available to community groups or groups of residents wishing to undertake small projects or activities that support people getting involved in their neighbourhood. There are no deadlines for applications. You can submit your proposal at any time during the year and we aim to assess them within 4-6 weeks where we can. More information can be found here

Arts Council National Lottery Projects Grants

Arts Council England has created National Lottery Project Grants as an open-access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects (arts projects taking place in libraries). Applications must meet the programme’s four criteria: Quality, Public engagement, Finance and Management. Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available. More information here

The Geoffrey Watling Charity

Maximum award:£ 30,000. The Geoffrey Watling Charity offers grants to charitable organisations in the County of Norfolk and the Waveney District of Suffolk so that they can continue and develop their work in the community. More information here

The Saracen’s Norfolk Fund

The Saracen’s Norfolk Fund has been created to support general charitable activities that benefit rural areas within the district of South Norfolk with grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

Find out more & apply.

Volunteering Opportunities

Creative Arts East - Arts Project Placement 

You might be interested in this role if you are considering a career in the following areas:

  • Freelance musician, artist or dancer 
  • Arts therapy
  • Arts administration
  • Any health or social care profession, such as nurses, care assistant or doctor
  • Teaching or education 

This role is for you if you are looking to increase your skill set, improve your CV or just want to have fun doing something different. You will have the opportunity to gain new experiences such as supporting older people (some living with dementia) to take part in music and dance activities and discover what goes on behind the scenes in a vibrant and dynamic organisation. We can also offer additional benefits such as free training where appropriate. 

Whats involved?

We're looking for someone to support us in our Wymondham office as well as out and about at our sessions.

In office Tasks:

  • Supporting our day to day admin for the programme, such as updating our website and blog or contacting session attendees.
  • Helping to market the sessions by sending out posters and flyers or researching new services to contact in order to spread the word about our events. 

Out of office tasks:

  • Joining in with the creative music and dance based workshops, working with professional artists, welcoming the attendees and encouraging them to take part 
  • Helping to support the set up and clear up before and after the sessions and serving refreshments to those taking part. 

We'd like successful placement holders to work with us for the equivalent of one full working day every two weeks, for a minimum of 6 months if possible. This is a voluntary placement but all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

To apply please contact Lea on 01953 713390 / 07432 769632 or email:

Become A Silver Social Volunteer Today - Breckland District Council 

Make a difference to older people in your local community and become a volunteer for Breckland Council's Silver Social Project. The Project is delivering an ambitious programme of daytime events to community venues across Breckland, promoting participation and independent living to older people in rural communities. Until 2020, workshops and performances held by professional artists are taking place in Ashill, Necton, Shipdham, Mattishall, Harling, Dereham, Attleborough, Swaffham, Watton and Thetford

Volunteering for the Silver Social is an unpaid position, but is an opportunity to gain experience on a nationally recognised arts project, with the potential to develop your own community programme. Travel expenses will be covered.
Time commitment: approximately 3 – 5 hours a month (flexible). Exact days dependent on programming schedule.
Contact: Project Coordinator Sarah Jepps / 01362 656870 or visit

Volunteering at Norwich & Norfolk Festival 10th - 26th May 2019 

For 17 days each May, the Festival transforms our public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events. Last year the festival saw 117 volunteers contribute a total of 2159 hours over 560 shifts. Volunteer roles vary from Events Steward, to Assistant Festival Runner, to Lead Invigilator at Norwich & Norfolk Open Studios Taster Exhibition!
This year the festival will be running from the 10 – 26 May. Applications for volunteers are now open and will be closing on 11 March at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome to apply (18+), no experience necessary. We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible volunteers with a passion for the arts and some free time in April and May.

To apply to be a volunteer please fill in the relevant application form here as well as our Equal Opportunities Form or for more information visit:

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Volunteers

Do you love theatre and want to learn more from behind the scenes? Enjoy meeting new people and have some spare time during the week? Then Theatre Royal has the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team.

  • Front of House Steward
  • Tour Guide or Performer
  • Leaflet Distribution
  • Heritage Researcher

To talk about any of the above roles or for more information please contact

Un-paid New Non-Executive Directors - Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The Board is seeking new non executives, initially to be appointed for three years but with the prospect of a second three year term.  The roles are unpaid.

As is the case with most small charities, as well as performing a governance role, trustees are expected to provide practical assistance and support to the executive team in areas in which they are qualified to do so.

Read the Full Non-Executive Directors Role Description and If you feel you might be interested in this role please email a CV and short covering letter to

Closes 29th March 2019

Part time (trustee) unpaid. 

Room Guide - Felbrigg Hall Volunteering

What's involved? 

- Welcoming every visitor
- Learning more about Felbrigg Hall, so you can share all that’s special - indoors and out
- Helping visitors to discover more, making suggestions so they can enjoy their day, their way
- Helping if people ask, and thinking about the needs of all visitors, including disabled people and families
- Using your knowledge or skills, for example giving talks, helping with children’s activities, handling collections 
- Showing visitors the safest routes out of the building in an emergency
- Helping visitors understand why we need to take care of special places and, if needs be, raising any concerns you have with staff

For an application form click here

Maddermarket Theatre Volunteering 

At the Maddermarket Theatre we rely on a trusty band of volunteers for all aspects of our operation; from acting to stage crew, box office to marketing and all areas of front of house.

There are a number of ways to get involved, both large and small, and it's a great way to meet new people. It can also add additional experience and skills to your CV and give you valuable work experience. Many people join us when they retire as a way to bridge the gap between work and retirement.

There are lots of ways to get involved; browse the opportunities below and if you'd like to become part of our community, please get in touch.

  • Box Office
  • Administration
  • Distributing flyers and posters
  • Painting
  • Set building
  • Stewarding or Front of house
  • Wardrobe
  • Bar work

For more information click here

Volunteering at the Sewell Barn Theatre - Norwich


Stewards -

In this important role for our theatre, stewards welcome our audiences, provide them with
information, and guide them in and out of the auditorium.

Rehearsal Prompts -

From the moment in rehearsals when books are put to one side, the role of the prompt takes on particular significance. Up until that point the actors have relied upon their scripts but from here on in they will need to depend on the reassuring presence of the prompt to assist them with their lines


Stage Management -

Stage management is a challenging role that comes with much responsibility but it is rewarding and satisfying for those who have the grit! SMs work closely with the director and creative designers, providing organisational support that moves the production towards opening night.


Technical Team-

This is made up of various roles within the technical team, but it often turns out that one person wears multiple hats during the course of a production. These roles include: Designers, Riggers, Operators, Programmers and Set Construction


Costume -

Two or three helpers are needed on the costume side of each production, so that more experienced people can work with new members or those less experienced. Some evenings are involved in attending rehearsals, measuring the cast and learning the director’s requirements

To volunteer for any of these roles please email: or for more information click here

Volunteering Opportunities, community production to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of St Benet's Abbey

Participants, actors and performers of all kinds are invited to be part of a unique community play production to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk, funded by HLF. Parrabbola, who specialise in making site specific participatory theatre, are making a new play written by Brian Abbott about the history of the abbey - from 1019 to the present day. You can be part of the cast and, if performing is not your thing, we're looking for backstage support and assistance with costume, prop making, stage management and stewarding.
The play will have music, dance, theatre of all kinds and is open to everyone who wants to be in it: it's your play! There are productions at the St Benet's Abbey site - where we will present a promenade performance with a boat journey to the Abbey included - and village green performances in surrounding Broads villages.
Key dates:
Public reading of the play Tue April 2nd, 7.30pm at The New Inn Horning NR12 8PF.
Casting (all welcome and everyone is cast) Sun April 7th 2.00 – 6.00 pm Ludham Village Hall NR29 5PB and Mon 8th April 2.00 – 8.00pm Mill Suite at Horning Village Hall NR12 8LQ.
First Rehearsal Sun April 14th 2.00 – 6.00 pm Ludham Village Hall NR29 5PB. Regular rehearsals arranged around availability - and including weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Performances June 9th, 13th 14th, 15th. For further information about the project and how you can get involved, come along on any of the key dates and contact Philip Parr by email:

Volunteering Opportunities, Creative Arts East

CAE are looking for positive, energetic people who would like to help us run the 'Our Day Out' music and dance sessions. More information can be found here.

Volunteering Opportunities, Norfolk Museums Service

Volunteering at Norfolk Museums Service can be a very rewarding and sociable experience. You'll meet like-minded people, gain new experience, learn new skills and support Norfolk's heritage. More information can be found here.

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