Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 17 May 2019

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 17th May 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:

Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week June 10 - 16 2019


A big thank you to all the organisations and to all the artists who have collaborated so generously to create this week-long celebration across Norfolk show-casing the many ways in which creativity impacts positively on our health and wellbeing. In this inaugural programme for people of all ages, you will find over 75 events including: open days, craft and print-making taster sessions, film and theatre performances, singing workshops, stitching and writing for wellbeing, exhibitions, talks, professional development sessions and more. 

The week is part of our ongoing work to encourage and support greater collaboration between our arts, culture, heritage and health partners. It is also part of a series of events promoted by London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance who are working together to build on the enormous success of the London Creativity and Wellbeing Week which has been expanded to become a national event from 2019.

Download Norfolk's Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019 Full Programme

@CreativeNorfolk  @LAHFArtsHealth  @CHWAlliance  @NorfolkCC  @NCCArtsService 

Norfolk Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2019 - Professional Development Days

Dates: 12 & 13 June 2019
Location: Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ

As part of the inaugural Norfolk Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2019, Norfolk Arts Service has developed two days of FREE professional development sessions focusing on creativity and wellbeing. The sessions are aimed at creative practitioners and cultural professionals as well as those working in the health and wellbeing sector. If you would like to attend both days please ensure that you book a place for each day.

Day One Registration
Day Two Registration
Professional Development Programme

In This Issue:

Job Opportunities

Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, South East Area, Cambridge

£41,910 per annum, plus excellent benefits
Contract: Permanent, working 35 hours per week

We are looking for an experienced cultural professional to take up a position as Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England. The role is part of the South East Area Management Team which covers the East and South East regions with workspaces in Brighton and Cambridge.
This post is one of four Senior Relationship Managers within the Management Team and is attached to the Cambridge based team and its relationships across East of England, working in partnership with stakeholders and monitoring organisations and projects.

Apply Here
Closing date: Midday Friday 24 May 2019

Education and Outreach Assistant - The Archive Centre, Norwich

£12,953 - £14,301 per annum (Scale F)
22.2 Hours per week
Temporary contract/secondment opportunity to cover maternity leave

A maternity cover position has become available. You will be working with the Education and Outreach team and Partnership and Development Manger to provide a service county wide.
You will help to plan, develop, promote and deliver events and activities for visitors of all ages, contribute to the Record Office’s social media output, manage and update databases and assist in promotion of campaigns and other fund-raising activities. We are looking for someone with experience of working with archives, of producing publications, and using social media. You must demonstrate that you have recent experience of delivering quality customer service, have the ability to work on your own initiative and within a team, and to be flexible. The ability to carry out research and interpret collections and historical information accurately is essential.

Apply Here
Closing date: 23 May 2019

Project Manager - Norwich Castle Museum

£35,697 - £39,780 per annum (Scale K)
37 hours per week
Fixed term contract until January 2021

Norfolk Museums Service is in the delivery phase of the major £13.3m National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England. The project will create a new world-class heritage offer in the heart of Norwich and enable visitors to enjoy and understand one of the most important 12th century buildings in the UK.
As an integral member of the Client Project Team, you will plan, manage and lead the implementation and delivery of building works for this sensitive heritage redevelopment project on a day to day basis, working in liaison with the appointed Design Team (led by the project architects) and the consultant project and cost managers.

Apply Here
Closing date: 26 May 2019

Volunteering Development Manager - Felbrigg Hall, Norwich

£22,188 pa
Fixed Term p/t (30 hrs pw to 08/05/21)

There are exciting changes at the National Trust and this post will play a pivotal role in readying and developing our people for that change. You’ll work with both staff and volunteers, to improve skills and confidence. As a champion of values and behaviours, you’ll promote an open and professional culture. We’re looking for someone who has experience in developing others. Grounded in the best volunteering practices, you’ll bring experience and a willingness to innovate.

Apply Here
Deadline 28th May 2019

Visitor Experience & Volunteering Manager - Horsey Windpump, Great Yarmouth

£24,075 pa
Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

In this role you’ll be responsible for the operational day-to-day management of the visitor experience at Horsey Windpump. You'll enable your team of staff and volunteers to give our visitors an outstanding and inspirational experience through ensuring the consistent quality of our customer service and the stories we tell. You'll put conservation at the heart of all that we do, so everyone leaves feeling they understand what makes Horsey Windpump so special.

Apply Here
Deadline 29th May 2019

Textiles Technician  - Norwich University of the Arts

Part - time: 18.5 hours
Salary: £9,106 to £10,547

We are looking for an individual to join our successful technical support staff team in the Textiles workshop. The successful applicant will deliver technical support and advice for the Textiles workshop and associated resources to a range of stakeholders including students in Textiles and Fashion.

Apply Here
Closing Date: 20 May 2019

Historic Environment Assistant (Digitisation) - Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

£18,795 - £19,171 per annum (Scale D)
37 hours per week
Temporary contract/secondment opportunity until 30 June 2020

The NHER Digitisation Project is an ambitious scheme to transform the majority of the NHER’s paper and photographic archive into a dynamic digital resource which is fully integrated with the HBSMR database, represented on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website, and is more widely accessible to all NHER users. The successful candidate will join a growing team to support delivery of this project. Responsibilities will include checking the accuracy of existing electronic documentation against the paper and photographic archives, assisting in compilation and data cleansing of Microsoft Excel catalogues, entering and editing data in the HBSMR database, and processing new digital material. The candidate may also undertake in-house scanning of fragile archival material.

Apply Here
Closing date: 30 May 2019

Historic Environment Assistant (Records) - Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

£19,554- £21,166 per annum (Scale E)
37 hours per week
Permanent contract

The successful candidate will join a growing team to take on the responsibility of integrating data produced by the Finds Identification and Recording Team and Portable Antiquities Scheme into the HER database. Working closely with the Identification and Recording team, they will ensure a smooth transfer of digital data from the PAS website and will oversee the integration of artefact drawings and digital photography into the HER archive and database systems. The candidate will also support the HER Officers by responding to non-commercial enquiries, entering data from other sources, and participating in enhancement projects.

Apply Here
Closing date: 30 May 2019

Historic Environment Officer (Records) - Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

£21,589 - £23,836 per annum (Scale F)
37 hours per week
Temporary contract until 30 June 2020

The successful candidate will join a growing team to help maintain, develop, and enhance the HER database, the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website, the Norfolk Air Photo Library, and the HER paper and photographic archives. They will be responsible for interacting with and processing enquiries from a wide variety of users, including professional archaeologists, academics, students, community groups, and individuals. They will also assist in incorporating new data into the electronic systems, participate in project-based enhancement work, and support promotional activities such as talks and workshops.

Apply Here
Closing date: 30 May 2019

Senior Research Associate - Faculty of Arts and Humanities School of History, UEA

£33,199 to £39,609 per annum (full time)

UEA wishes to recruit a Senior Research Associate to participate in the research project ‘Warhorse: the Archaeology of a Military Revolution?’. This AHRC funded post is available on a full-time basis from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020. The successful applicant will serve as historical researcher for twelve months of the project. They will have particular expertise in archival research and the transcription of medieval documents as well as more general historical research skills. For more information on the project see:

Apply Here
Closing date: 5 June 2019

Head of Marketing & Sales - Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Salary: £27,000 - £30,000 (full time)
Hours of work: A 39 Hour week

The Head of Marketing & Sales is responsible for maximising sales and improving the customer journey. The post requires a passion for improving audience experience though all communication channels and promoting the theatres multi-buying and loyalty schemes with a focus on developing new and existing audience engagement. Find out more about the role in the Job Description and Application Form.

Deadline Tuesday 21 May 2019

Visitor Services Assistants x 5 - Norwich Castle Museum

Posts 1 – 2: £4,882 - £4,980 per annum (Scale C) Part-time, 10 hours per week                             Posts 3 – 5: £8,788 - £8,964 per annum (Scale C) Part-time, 18 hours per week

If you have a passion for culture and heritage and are experienced in working in a customer focussed environment, come and join us at the Norwich museums. You may have experience of working in a leisure, heritage or retail environment with excellent customer care skills, experience of operating sophisticated computer systems and also cash handling skills. Duties will include ticket sales, selling merchandise, delivering guided tours of the Battlements & Dungeons, gallery invigilation and any other requirements of the role.

To apply click here or to view further information regarding the vacancy please click on the link below:
43120 CESE Information Pack 05-2019.doc
Closing date: 19 May 2019

Casuals Wanted For Arts & Entertainment Team - Alive Corn Exchange

Salary: £8.50 per hour
Duration: Casual contract as and when required

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is a popular entertainment venue featuring everything from opera to pantomime.

Job Roles Available:

  • Casual Steward
  • Casual Technical Team
  • Casual Bar Staff
  • Casual Caretaker

Apply Here

Community and Visitor Engagement Officer - Museum of Cambridge

Part-time, fixed term
£17,160 per annum

We are seeking an organised and creative individual to work as our Community and Visitor Engagement Officer, developing and delivering new and engaging experiences that will grow audiences for the Museum of Cambridge and our Cambridge City Council fundedCapturing Cambridge project. This is a 12-month fixed-term post working for 30 hours a week, preferably over four days although other working hour arrangements will be considered. Core working days will be agreed with the successful candidate.
Job Description
Application Form
For Further details click here
Sunday 17 June 2018

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers

Take Part In A Community Play To Celebrate Norfolk Trail

The newest and most exciting element of Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project is the commencement of a community theatre project which will tell the story of the route’s 150 year history through drama, dance and song. ‘Stories Down the Line’ is the creative brain child of Rob John (fEast Theatre) and Simon Floyd (Floyd Performance, The Common Lot) in collaboration with the Norfolk County Council project team. Having already launched in both Aylsham and Marlpit at the beginning of May the project is still open to new comers who would be interested in taking part.

Come and meet Simon and the team for a fun filled evening of laughter and singing at our next rehearsals:
7pm on Tuesday 21st and 28th May - Aylsham Recreation Ground Pavilion, Sir Williams Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6AW
2pm on Saturday 18th May - Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Rd, Norwich NR6 5EG
7pm on Friday 24th May - Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Rd, Norwich NR6 5EG

Want to know more? Visit:

Holt Festival Art Prizes

This year Holt Festival is running 2 art prizes and submissions are invited for both.

The Holt Festival-Sir John Hurt Art Prize is open to everyone over 16 with the winner receiving a cash prize of £1,750 and their entry exhibited at Norwich’s internationally renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The Sworders Art Prize is open to artists between 16 and 23. It carries a prize of £750 for the winner, who will also be offered a commission-free exhibition by Holt’s new contemporary art space The Gallery in Lees Yard.

The winners will be announced at a private view on the evening of Sunday 21 July. All shortlisted works will be displayed in a free exhibition in the Auden Theatre Foyer throughout Festival week from Saturday 20 – Sunday 27 July between 11am-5pm. The exhibition is part of the Holt Festival Art Trail that also takes in many other galleries and exhibition spaces around the town.

Judges for both prizes are judges are Art Curator & Writer Ian Collins, Professor Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art and Professor John Last, Vice Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts.

Both prizes are open to artists everywhere and all types of visual art are welcome. The closing date for entries to both competitions is midnight Sunday 16 June.

Full submission details and an entry form can be found at

The Norfolk Art & Design Competition 2019

The Norfolk Art & Design Competition celebrates creative student talent from sixths forms and colleges across Norfolk. Shortlisted work is exhibited at Norwich University of the Arts, with a private view and awards ceremony, followed by a touring exhibition of award winning work at galleries in Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth. This competition is a great opportunity for students to professionally showcase their work at external venues and to enhance their portfolios.

Find out more details and enter online at
Deadline: Friday 24 May 2019

Holt Festival Open Studios

After a successful inaugural year, Holt Festival are hosting another Open Studios will return. Artists and makers from around North Norfolk will be inviting the public into their studios. It will run from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July, 11am to 5pm. The festival will support the event with downloadable and printed maps, website listings and links, social and traditional media campaigns plus road signage.

Artists wishing to take part should also register at before midnight Sunday 16 June. Please address any queries or requests for more information to

Tales Of The Monster In My Head - Submissions Wanted

Naked Frank Theatre are giving writers and poets the opportunity to submit poetry and short stories about their experiences with mental health, for 'Tales of The Monster In My Head'.
A 3 day social event is being held at the Tristan Bates Theatre between 14th-16th August with completed works being performed by a cast of six in the form of a poetry slam, meets physical theatre show. All writers submitting works will have their work presented visually through a set exhibition and this will form part of a Q&A after the show about mental health awareness. The audience will then join us on stage to witness the display and then take part in meet and greet in the bar. The event is an opportunity for writers to network and an opportunity for the whole community to strengthen support networks and break the stigma attached to speaking out about mental health in general.

Email submissions to Claire Portelli:
Submission deadline: 31 May 2019

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Call Out For Artists

We are seeking artists to take part in this project. This is an opportunity to tour existing work to rural locations; in addition to guaranteed show fees there are a limited number of bursaries averaging £1200 for artists with existing shows to adapt shows for rural touring. Companies who have toured with the RTDI have averaged 7 supported shows with fees varying from £850 to £1400 depending on scale and cost. There is also a paid for residential workshop exploring touring dance to rural locations to prepare artists for the experience. (Full details)

Apply Here
Application deadline: 12 noon, 5 September 2019

New Community Choir - Biddy's Tea Room, Norwich

If you love singing and want to meet like minded people, Biddy's Tea Room have set up a Community Choir at their Norwich branch. All levels are welcome with tea and cake provided (who could say no to that!). The sessions will run on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm once every 4-weeks.
£8 per person, per session (this includes your tea and cake).

For full details click here

Fifth Annual AHRC Research In Film Awards 2019

The Awards, which are now in their fifth year, showcase new and emerging talent in filmmaking linked to arts and humanities research and celebrate the best of a growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no more than 30 minutes in length) that bring arts and humanities research to a wider public audience.

The full list of categories for 2019 are:

  • Best Research Film of the Year
  • Doctoral or Early Career Film Award
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award (public category)
  • Social Media Short Award
  • Inspiration Award (public category

£2,000 prize money
For further details click here or Apply Online
Deadline for submissions 20 June 2019, 4pm.

Art Eat Festival Art Fair Registration Now Open - Ipswich Waterfront

This fair offers a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase and sell work to a large diverse audience over the two day festival. The fair will take place in the iconic University of Suffolk waterfront building at the heart of the festival site.  All participating artists will need to be present at their stands/pitches during the opening hours of the festival and will be responsible for the set-up, take-down and sales of their artwork. More details will be issued soon.

Register Here
Deadline 30th May 2019

Apply For Collect Open 2020 - Somerset House, London

The Collect Open platform was created for artists to represent themselves through an original body of work made specifically for the fair. It shines a light on individual makers and collaborations, providing them with a platform to evolve their practice and experiment creatively.
Artists’ proposals should above all show an ambitious development of their creative practice. Including, but not limited to, challenging themes and concepts previously explored and honing and pushing making skills and techniques. The proposal should communicate the extension and advancement of their body of work.
Collect Open Application Guidance Pack
Apply Here
Deadline Friday 28 June 2019

Call Out For Dance Artists To Join QuestLab Network In 2019

Studio Wayne McGregor is offering an opportunity for eight dance artists from across England to participate in the second year of our artist development programme focusing on intersections between dance and technology. The eight artists will receive financial support for travel, accommodation and subsistence for the residency. Funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, QuestLab Network will create a new network of dance artists, developers, technologists and commercial organisations, leading to the development and delivery of performance and engagement projects around the country. 

To apply, download the application pack and equal opportunities form, and send to with 'QuestLab Network' in the subject line.
Deadline: 20 May 2019, 5pm.
For more information click here

Call For Artists - Cows About Cambridge 2020

Transform a three-dimensional blank canvas – the Cow sculpture – with your artwork. Join the art trail and have your work seen by hundreds of thousands of people. We are actively encouraging submissions from the local and regional arts community. Designs are welcomed in any medium; from traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic. Whatever the art form, we’re keen to add drama, fun and a creative flourish to Cows about Cambridge!
Artist Pack
Submit Your Design
Email queries to

Call Out For Learning Disabled Artists / Companies To Perform At The Albany Theatre, London.

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
We are seeking learning-disabled artists and companies to perform and showcase their work as part of the event. This is an opportunity to present high quality, exciting and engaging work to an international audience of fellow artists, staff from theatre venues, and arts industry professionals.

What We’re Offering:

  • An opportunity to showcase your work
  • Fee of £400
  • Travel expenses and any other reasonable expenses
  • Support with access needs

Download the full Call Out Sheet
Closing date for submissions Friday 14 June 2019

National Original Print Exhibition Competition

This annual open submission print exhibition, established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers showcases the best in contemporary printmaking in any printmaking technique. Work selected will be exhibited from 18-29 September 2019 at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern, in the heart of London’s newest cultural quarter.

Entry fee per work: £15 (£8 students)
Application Pack
Enter Here

Deadline for entries: 27 June 11:59pm

The Sunny Art Prize - Submissions Wanted

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art award is a global platform, giving an opportunity to emerging and established artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience. They are seeking a variety of submissions which can range from two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and photographs, to three-dimensional sculptures, and ceramics.
1st Prize – £3,000, a public solo exhibition at Sunny Art Centre in London, a one-month residency and a show at our partners’ galleries,
2nd prize – £2,000, a group exhibition, a one-month residency and a show at our partners’ galleries
3rd prize – £1,000, a group exhibition, a one-month residency and a show at our partners’ galleries.

For full terms and to apply click here
Deadline: 30th June 2019

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Selected from original art works, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and exhibition has an established reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. Initial entry is by online registration only.  Following the online registration, those registered must then complete the Work Submission Form and Work Labels and hand these in with the drawings at their selected Collection Centre.
First Prize – £8000
Second Prize – £5000
Student Award – £2000
Working Drawing Prize – £2000, for a preparatory drawing for a project or work to be realised in any form.
Evelyn Williams Drawing Award – £10,000, a biennial award to support a mid-career artist selected for the exhibition to hold a solo exhibition at a major gallery in the UK.

To enter and full terms visit here
Deadline, 5pm on 26 June 2019.

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019

Now in its 32nd year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious watercolour competition in the UK. Hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors and readers of The Sunday Times, the competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour.
Entry is through an online entry process. Entry fee is £15 per work. Artists may enter up to 4 works only. The panel of judges will initially review entries through a digital submission process. Following this, a maximum of 250 shortlisted artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works on 5 July 2019, from 10 – 5pm and 6 July 2018, from 10 – 4pm, to the Federation of British Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, for final judging.
Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial selection. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only.

The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm, 17 June 2019.
Enter Here

Fakenham Photo Competition

Free to enter

We are looking for pictures that show what is great about Fakenham. People enjoying themselves, events and activities, architecture, landscapes, close-ups, culture, business… let your imagination and your camera find a story.
Terms and Conditions
Visit here to enter:
The competition closes at midnight on 30 June 2019.

Young Masters 5th Edition Art Prize Now Open

We’re looking for artists who show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past. You can interpret this as widely as you like. You will have the chance to explain your interpretation in your artist statement.
Open to anyone over 18 years of age. Fee: £35 (+VAT if applicable) to apply with 4 artworks.
For a full list of awards and prizes click here.

Terms and Conditions & FAQs
Apply Here
Deadline: 31st May 2019 at midnight

Composer for Choral Project - Work with Frozen Light

Paid Opportunity

Frozen Light are looking for expressions of interest from composers for their exciting new choral project for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We want to work with a composer with specialist experience of writing or arranging music for choirs. We are also interested in working with people with experience of leading choirs and bringing singers together.
Frozen Light are leaders in the field of creating and touring multi-sensory performance for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). We are currently on tour with our fourth performance The Isle of Brimsker which is touring 55 theatre venues across the UK. We are passionate about creating accessible opportunities for people with PMLD to enable them to access the arts in a way that is meaningful to them.

Please send Lucy an e-mail to with your CV and a letter laying out what you think you could bring to this project, links to previous work and an estimated fee for your time within proposal
Closing date: Friday 31st May, 5pm

Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2019

Archive film provides a unique and rich source of creativity and inspiration. EAFA invites you to create a new production choosing from a specially curated selection of archive material.
The winner in each category (‘Under 18s’ and ‘18 and Overs’) will win a £250 cash prize, a year's subscription to Little White Lies magazine and will have their film screened around the region including at this year’s Norwich Film Festival. The films will be added to the EAFA’s collections, and preserved for posterity. The films may also be published on our website at

Simply download and complete an entry form, or if you are under the age of 18, ask a parent/guardian to sign a consent form.
For full details visit here:

Closing date for submissions: Friday 30th August 2019, 12pm.

PAINT UP LOWESTOFT! featuring ‘Lowestoft Scenes’

This will take place, yes you guessed - in Lowestoft, well Pakefield to be more precise. Artists will be invited to come forward and register to take part. After which they will be encouraged to go ‘out there’ and be inspired by our wonderful town. Paint it like you love it! After all it has many great historical features and every day life to capture ‘in paint’ for all of us to enjoy for many years to come.
Artists should use their artistic talents to interpret the essence of Lowestoft and approach their painting in any way they feel and use any medium to execute their many varied visions of Lowestoft.


  • Each artist can submit up to three paintings.
  • All paintings must be framed to gallery standards (check with us if you’re not sure about this).
  • Mediums excepted = oil, w/c, acrylic, pastel, embroidery, charcoal, collage, etching, drypoint, woodcut, linocut. No photography.
  • Each painting must be a view, a scene or depict something that is unmistakably Lowestoft!

There is a panel of people who will decide which paintings will be chosen to be exhibited at Ferini Art Gallery within their 20th Annual Summer Exhibition which will held in July/August 2019. For further details please contact Michaela Hobbs at Ferini Art Gallery - Pakefield, call: 01502-562222 or email:

Even You Song - A Call For Singers

A chamber choir of 24 voices for a one-off project is being assembled to enable a performance of this exciting recent composition which will take place in the 2019 King’s Lynn Festival at King’s Lynn Minster on Monday 15th July 6.30pm. The musical director is Norfolk–based vocal group director and composer, Jane Wells. The scoring of the piece also includes an organ part that will be played by Adrian Richards, director of music at the Minster, along with a children’s choir which is being put together with the support of the Norfolk Music Hub.

The rehearsal dates are:
18th May; 1st, 15th & 29th June; and 6th July 10.30am-1pm


Coast Arts Competition 2019

The theme for the 2019 competition is SHIPWRECK – in particular the legendary Fernebo wreck.
Competition entries will be shown in a pop-up exhibition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, 10am-4pm, in the Education Room at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer.
The entries will judged by two professional artists and the £100 cash prize will be awarded at the Private View on Friday 25th October, 6.30pm.
Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their favourite work and the Peoples’ Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the show.

For details on how to enter click here 
Deadline for entries 31st August 2019

Norwich Film Festival - Submissions Now Open

The Norwich Film Festival was founded in 2009 and has become an international film festival which takes place annually in Norwich, UK, during November. It’s a celebration of independent film and provides an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking.
Through our open submissions process, we support local and national filmmakers as well as those from all across the globe, providing a platform for new and existing talents to showcase their amazing work in Norwich.

Entries are open to both UK and international filmmakers for the following categories:

Short Film
Animated Film
Documentary Film
Student Film
East Anglian Film
One Min Movie

Deadline June 23, 2019

To apply visit:

Creative Future Writers Award - Call For Submissions

Our FREE to enter competition opens on Monday 11 February 2019. There are over £10,000 worth of cash and writer development prizes up for grabs.

This year’s theme is Home. In a year of seismic shifts, we’re looking for broad interpretations of the theme in all genres of short fiction and poetry. In poetry we’re looking for a maximum of 300 words and in prose a maximum of 2,000 words.

For details on our eligibility criteria click here
To read our competition rules click here
For details on how to apply online click here
For details on how to apply in person or by post click here

The deadline for applications is Sunday 2 June 2019 at 11.59pm.

Norfolk Music Hub Competition for budding songwriters

Are you a budding songwriter? We want you!

Norfolk Music Hub is launching a competition to find Norfolk’s original artists, with an opportunity to play at Latitude Festival 2019 for the winner and studio time to record, mix and master an original piece for two runners up. All you need to do is upload your original music to Songwriter before 10th June 2019. A panel of professional musicians and songwriters will judge the winning entries.

Songwriter is an online community and competition for young people aged 8-18 who live in Norfolk. Songwriter is a platform that gives you the opportunity to upload your original music to a chart and join a community of young songwriters whilst getting feedback from other musicians.

Access to Songwriter is free and all songs that are uploaded to Songwriter can receive professional and peer feedback.

Find out more at

read more about Songwriter launch in Norfolk here 

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. 
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

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

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.

Final Deadline – 6 June 2019

For more information on how to apply visit:

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

Development Opportunities

Flourish Conference - Goldsmiths Hall, London
A transformative professional development conference for makers and designers

17-18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day
Costs: £95-£145

Taking place over two days and aimed primarily at those who have been in practice for at least four years, Flourish presents a unique setting to connect with other makers and creative professionals. Develop contacts and conversations that can turn into opportunities, collaborations or commissions; pick-up invaluable industry insight; and take away a set of resources that you can confidently bring back to your practice.

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Norfolk Music Hub Expo 2019 - The Assembly House, Norwich

Date: 17 October
Time: 9:30am - 4pm

The event this year will provide information and support in the delivery of the new curriculum alongside a focus on the wellbeing of teachers. The pressure on school based practitioners are at an all-time high and wellbeing can very often be overlooked. Registration will open soon. 

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Mentoring: The Next Creative Generation - Metal, Peterborough

Date & time: 26th September 2019, 10 am - 4.15 pm
Cost: £150

This course outlines the role of the mentor, and the necessary skills to build productive mentee-mentor relationships. Learn how to guide young people to self-reflect, identifying both their strengths and areas for development, set goals and shape behaviours and mindset.

Further details and bookings click here

Annual Dance Conference - University Centre Colchester

Date: Fri, 20 September 2019
Time: 9:30am - 5pm

Our Annual Dance Conference is created with the intention of providing training and knowledge to those who are working within the dance environment*. This is a great way to upskill and further develop your dance practice as well as the opportunity to share, view and network.
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Youth Voice Training Now Available - Birmingham & London 

Our public training is available in Birmingham (21 May) and London (5 June) as a half-day course offering our core module and one additional module chosen by the attendees.
Get in touch with us now on for in-house training or book our public training now online.
Public training courses cost £59+VAT per adult attendee (with 1 young person under 26 allowed free per paying adult) for a half-day course including 1 optional module.
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Bridging the Years With Words: Music and Action - London

23 May 2019, 9:30am - 4pm
General cost: £85
Student cost: £45

We are proud to present this one day intergenerational conference to share practice, inspire new work and explore current challenges and opportunities for those working in the health and education sector, artists, music therapists, community organisations, students, care home managers, care home activity co-ordinators and policy makers.
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Applications Open For Art Fair East 2019 - Saint Andrews Hall, Norwich

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2019
ART FAIR EAST is an annual event and an important art fair for the East of England

We invite applications from art dealers, galleries, artists and collectives. Exhibitors are welcome to display contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and limited edition prints. All artworks must be one off or limited edition. As this is an Art Fair we regret that we cannot accept craft items or mass-produced items (other than accompanying books/catalogues.)
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Arts Council Project Grant Advice Surgeries

Hunstanton 19th June 2-5pm | Project Grants presentation & 1:1 advice giving sessions
This presentation is about Arts Council England’s open access funding scheme, Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants (or Project Grants, for short) – what it funds, how you apply and what happens to your application.
2-3.30pm | Presentation, Q&A followed by a break
3.30-5pm | 4 x 20 minutes 1:1 advice giving sessions for people who already have an application underway.

King’s Lynn 4th September 5-8pm | Project Grants presentation & 1:1 advice giving sessions
This presentation follows the same format as the Hunstanton one and is about Arts Council England’s open access funding scheme, Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants (or Project Grants, for short) – what it funds, how you apply and what happens to your application.
5-6.30pm | Presentation, Q&A followed by a break
6.30-8pm | 4 x 20 minutes 1:1 advice giving sessions for people who already have an application underway.

To book your place call King’s Lynn TIC 01553 763044 or email

Call For Papers: Creative Health through The Age Span

In January 2018, Perspectives in Public Health published a Special Issue on Arts, Health & Wellbeing focusing on the content of presentations from the Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference held in Bristol in June, 2017. As a follow up we would like to publish a further Special Issue in September, 2020 called Creative Health Through the Age Span. With a special interest on creative and arts-based interventions that promote the public’s health for specific for age groups.

Prospective time-table: 

  • Expressions of interest: May-September 2019.
  • Submissions: by the end of December 2019.
  • Publication: September 2020

If you would like to express an interest, please contact the Guest Editor, Dr Theo Stickley
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A Civic Role for Arts Organisations Conferences: Relevance, Risks, Rewards (Various Locations & Dates)

What does it mean to play a civic role? For some arts organisations, it is at the heart of their mission and practice; others think it is not relevant. Communities are questioning whether the public money that arts organisations receive is benefiting local people; there are hard questions to be asked and there are no easy answers. This is for all those interested in relevance and a civic role for arts organisations: directors, trustees, programmers and staff members of arts organisations and the artists they work with.


  • 10th June, Manchester: 'Partnerships, People and Power Dynamics' (Whitworth Art Gallery)
  • 13th June, Birmingham: 'Flagship Cultural Events: Risks and Rewards' (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
  • 19th June, Gateshead: 'The Art of Cultural Democracy' (Sage Gateshead)
  • 21st June, London: 'Cultural Spaces: Temples or Town Halls?' (Wellcome Collection)
  • 28th June, Bristol: 'Art: A Catalyst for Radical Change' (Arnolfini)

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GEM Conference 2019 - Torquay Museum, Devon

Dates: 11 - 13 September 2019

GEM conference is a great opportunity to connect with the fantastic heritage learning community, sharing our challenges and celebrating our innovations. For full details click here.


  • GEM member rate (whole conference): £297
  • Non-member rate (whole conference): £490
  • GEM member rate (day fee): £100
  • Non-member rate (day fee): £150

To book your place for Connection, Action, Innovation, please download the GEM Conference 2019 Booking Form and return it to
Deadline 2 September 2019

Live Well Symposium - Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019
Time: 9am-4.30pm
Cost: Free

The symposium will explore how connections can be made between museums and gallery programmes, social care and national health and wellbeing strategies and policies.
Using some of the key recommendations from the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry, ‘Creative Health: The Art for Health and Wellbeing’ as a starting point we will explore the potential of museum and galleries in collaborating with the health sector to create a long term, sustainable strategy for creativity, health and wellbeing.
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Next Chapter For Creatives Two Day Programme - Artpocket Studios, Norwich

Dates: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2019
Times: 9.45am - 4.30 pm
Investment: £175 - This is for the full two days and includes art materials

Are you an artist, writer, creator, performer or creative of any kind thinking about what’s next for you? Are you at a point in your life and practice where things need to change?
My Next Chapter for Creatives is a programme to help you think and plan for what’s next; an opportunity to invest in yourself, and your creativity.
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Introduction To Arts In Prisons - London

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £75

This one day introductory course will explore some of the questions to consider before embarking on artistic and creative work in prisons. The course will also provide an overview of the current criminal justice system and an insight to working inside a prison, looking at the practicalities. During the day, participants will be taken through the process of delivering sustainable creative activities in prisons, from idea formation though to evaluation.
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Arts, Place & Well-being Workshop - London

Date: Thu, 27 June 2019,
Time: 10:00am

Arts participation (singing, dancing, going to museums, etc) can improve health and well-being. However, opportunities to participate in the arts may depend on where you live and work.
Led by Karen Mak and Rory Coulter, this one-day workshop supported by UCL Grand Challenges will bring together researchers and practitioners to exchange insights about the links between arts participation, health and place.
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Createch 2019 - London

Date: Tue, 11 June 2019
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Price £253.79

Come join pioneering creatives, trailblazers from the tech sector, and leaders from industry, at the world's leading Createch Conference, during London Technology Week.
Createch 2019 brings together established global leaders from a variety of economic sectors who will share their vision for the next 20 years with businesses in the Createch sector who will share how they are disruptors and innovators in this space.
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An International Arts & Wellbeing Conference - Ironbridge - Telford, Shropshire.

Date: 7–10 August 2019
Prices start from £395

The Conference celebrates the arts and aims to build metaphoric bridges across the field by facilitating a diverse and lively programme of dialogue with an emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community. The Conference focuses on applied arts practice, research, scholarship, expressive arts therapy, community and education, set within proximity to one of England’s most stunning heritage locations.

There is a lot included in the delegate registration. Registration provides delegates with a full programme of academic and practical sessions during four days with world-leaders in the field, refreshments throughout the day, 3 lunches, 1 evening dinner with entertainment, Black Country Living Museum excursion, scheduled shuttle transport, art materials and much more. Delegates are entirely responsible for their own accommodation arrangements and these should be booked early.
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Sensory Symposium - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Date: 3rd June 2019
Time: 9:30am - 5pm

Sensory Symposium: Making and programming theatre for and with audiences and artists with complex needs This symposium will bring together artists, practitioners and venues who are passionate about reaching people with complex needs, and looking at what's next for the sector.
The day will be a mix of panel discussions and presentations by artists and venues working in this field. It will draw on Ellie Griffiths work with Sound Symphony as a starting point for discussions around what sensory theatre is and what it might look like in the future.
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Mental Health Conference - Great Yarmouth Campus

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019
Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Free Event

This is a call for organisations, agencies and influencers to discuss mental health & wellbeing in our locality.
Ways in which to contribute:

  • Stands / stalls available
  • Marketing and charity fundraising permitted
  • Presentations / speakers requested

Contact Ruth on 01493 419204 or email

The Art of Wellbeing Symposium - University of Lancashire, Burnley Campus

Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: £65

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, this symposium hosted by the Creative People and Places network will explore the meeting places between the culture and health sectors, with a focus on wellbeing. The event will put the relationship between collaborative and participatory art and the wellbeing of individuals and communities under the magnifying glass. Does working collaboratively with people to choose and create art that is of, with and by their community have a lasting impact on wellbeing? What about art's capacities to unsettle and challenge? Can art really make people feel better?

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Children, Families and Wellbeing Training Day - Manchester Museum

Tue, 11 June 2019
10:00 – 16:00

What can museums and heritage organisations do to support the wellbeing of children and families in their local community?
This training is aimed at staff who work in museums, art galleries and heritage sites who are interested in supporting the wellbeing of children and families within their organisation.
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Postgraduate Research Degree Bursaries - Norwich University of the Arts

These PhD fees-only bursaries are open to EU and UK applicants who wish to pursue either practice-based or text-based research. Applications for the bursaries will be considered on merit with regard to the quality of the application and relevance of the proposed project to the University’s research theme.

We would particularly encourage applications for bursaries to support the following areas of research:
- Created and Contested Territories
- The Norwich University of Arts Collection

Application Guidance
Bursary Criteria
Bursary Terms & Conditions
Application Form

Preliminary application forms and supporting documentation should be emailed to:
Closing Date: 24th June 2019

Young People, The Arts and Mental Health Conference - University of Leeds

On Thursday 20 June 2019 we will be hosting a Young People, the Arts, and Mental Health conference at our Nexus building on campus.
We will be investigating how we can improve children and young people’s mental health through cultural participation. We will be sharing research, evidence, policy and practice with practitioners, researchers and young people themselves.

Please email to register your place.
For further information click here

Creative Now (Public Lecture Series)

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce a new public lecture series showcasing UEA’s commitment to research and innovation in the creative sector. Leading academic researchers from UEA will be joined by industry creatives for four exciting panel discussions exploring the key challenges facing the future of the creative sector in East Anglia.
All events will take place at Norwich Castle’s Town Close Auditorium as part of the University’s partnership with the Norfolk Museums Service. Events are free and open to the public.

Booking is essential please RSVP via confirming each event you would like to attend.

Creative Changes                       Creative Places
28 May 2019 | 6.30-8pm              11 June 2019 | 6.30-8pm 

For more information click here  

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.

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.

Please find full event details and buy tickets here.

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


Anteros Arts Foundation prides itself in offering consistently high quality creative art skills, taught by practicing artist educators.

To book a place on any of the courses, please visit their courses page HERE

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

Investing In Rural Communities Report - Arts Council England

‘Arts, culture and rural communities – how the Arts Council works in rural England’ sets out how we will approach the specific needs and aspirations of rural communities in order to deliver our strategy. It sets out key partnerships and how we will engage with rural stakeholders to ensure that our approach is appropriate.
Download and read the full report here

Changing the World through Arts and Kindness Report - People United

Our new research report outlines People United’s niche position within an exciting and emerging research landscape that links the arts with psychology and civil society research on wellbeing, resilience, social cohesion and active citizenship. As part of our 10 year anniversary, we wanted to create a report that pulls together a decade of our research, learning and experience.

Download Full Report Here

Make Music Day UK 21 June 2019

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music. It takes place across the UK and in 120 countries worldwide. Make Music Day is:

  • Performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone
  • Open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical styles
  • A DIY celebration of music that needs YOU to make it happen
  • A way to showcase talent, local music-making and different kinds of music
  • An opportunity to promote your venue, business or musical activity and reach new audiences and members
  • A chance to have a go at singing or trying an instrument for the first time

A number of resources are available on to support you to plan an event. Once you’ve got your plans in place register your event on the website to benefit from national and local promotional opportunities. If you are a performer/s and you need a venue, Norfolk Library Service is making 47 libraries across Norfolk available for public performances. Get in contact directly with your local library to find out more. For further information from the National Coordinator of Make Music Day UK and to download lots of useful toolkits and musical resources check out the website

Power To The People - Museums Association

'Power to the People' is a framework designed to help museums understand and improve their participatory practice and community engagement. Flexible and evidence-based, the framework aims to provide benchmarks of best practice, showcase excellence in this field and support museums to develop strong and sustainable connections to their communities. By outlining clear steps towards deeper community engagement and participation, it also aims to provide a common language for museums, funders and other stakeholders.
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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.

From Small Shifts to Profound Changes

There are a range of approaches to working with artists across the 21 CPP Places and CPP network commissioned this research in order to understand the wider impact that the programme is having on artistic practice and the cultural sector. The research is more widely relevant to anyone involved in commissioning artists to collaborate with communities.
It uses Creative People and Places practice as the starting point but pulls out transferable learning about what works when commissioning socially engaged art - for artists, for commissioners and for communities.
The report captures the perspectives of artists who have been commissioned to create new work with one or more CPP Places and of the CPP team members who are responsible for programming and working with artists and communities.

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The Cultural Learning Evidence Champion's Handbook

This handbook is a guide to getting to grips with what we call the ‘evidence agenda’ in arts and cultural learning.  Using evidence of how others have made a difference and evaluating our own impact can help the whole sector improve, making arts and cultural learning stronger and more sustainable.
The trouble is that it is hard and no one ever tells you what you need to be good at to be good at using evidence. This handbook is designed to make it easier to ‘do’ evidence and evaluation. We also hope it will help you love them and to become a champion for them and spread the good word throughout arts and cultural education. Beginners can be Evidence Champions, just as much as experts can, but you might want a little guidance when you’re taking your first steps. Throughout the guide we talk about the attitudes, the approaches and the key skills of an Evidence Champion. There’s also advice on the things you can do right now with the teachers, arts and cultural educators, funders and evaluators you collaborate with to make arts and cultural learning more evidence-rich. That’s why we cover some of the key knowledge and skills you’ll need, as well as some things you can do right now.

Download the The Cultural Learning Evidence Champion’s Handbook (pdf 4.9 MB)

World Cities Culture Report 2018

The World Cities Culture Forum has launched its landmark publication – the World Cities Culture Report 2018. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and published every three years, this report is the world’s most comprehensive cultural report, featuring data and innovative projects from cities across the globe.

About the report
Against a backdrop of a changing world order and increasingly divisive national politics, the World Cities Culture Report highlights how local governments in cities across the world are responding with cultural policies that are more inclusive and open to a greater range of people, practitioners, art forms and new spaces.

The report includes example of cities responding to common challenges, showing the ways in which cities are expanding their cultural offer.

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This Strategic Funding Framework for 2019–2024

This Strategic Funding Framework for 2019–2024 sets out our vision and the principles that will guide our National Lottery investment for the next five years.
It sets out how we:

  • Expect to invest around £1.2 billion in the UK’s heritage
  • Will introduce a streamlined grant-making portfolio
  • Increasingly focus on wellbeing, capacity-building and innovation (both nationally and internationally), amongst others
  • Explore the use of social investment
  • Commit to increased devolution in our decision-making

Download the Full Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024 Document

Museums Association: Statement On The Impact Of A No Deal Brexit

The UK government and politicians of all parties should take all necessary action to avoid a no-deal Brexit, the Museums Association (MA) said in a statement today.
The association said that leaving the EU without a deal would “have a highly damaging impact on: the communities that museums serve, people who work in and with museums, and the sharing of collections, ideas and expertise across European borders”.
It said that the economic damage caused by a no-deal Brexit would “have a damaging and divisive impact on many communities that museums serve”.
The statement continued: “The UK’s museums sector is already in a fragile financial position after a decade of austerity and could struggle with the substantial financial losses that could arise from loss of earned income, philanthropy and public funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

To read for of this article click here or to download the full MA Statement click here

What Works Wellbeing - Evidence and Resources

Wellbeing is about people and creating the conditions for us all to thrive. It’s quality of life and prosperity, positive physical and mental health, sustainable thriving communities.
Wellbeing is a measure of social progress and, arguably, the goal of good government and charitable activity.

A valuable collection of documents, reports and research on health and wellbeing.
For a full list of documents available visit:

Follow What Works Wellbeing on Twitter for regular updates

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.

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:

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 Elephant Trust Grants

The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work. Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

For full details and how to apply click here
Deadline: 17 June 2019

Local communities in Norfolk can bag a funding boost

Groundwork Norfolk is working with Tesco to help mark the supermarkets 100th birthday by offering communities in the UK the chance to bag their share of £100,000.

As part of the supermarket’s anniversary celebrations, community organisations from across the East of England are being invited to apply for their share of the cash.

In Norfolk the Bags of Help Centenary Grant is open for applications.

Throughout July and August the first of two special funding rounds will concentrate on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits, with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with the supermarket’s National Health Partnership.

Applications are open to all community projects bringing benefits across the region, with Tesco colleagues involved in shortlisting three applications in each area. Customers are then invited to vote for which group they’d like to receive grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000, casting their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkout points.

Another voting round will launch in November, with even more projects sharing in the cash over the course of the year.

For more information contact:
Chloe Robison-Smith
Community Project Officer
Groundwork Norfolk (your local team from Groundwork East)
01473 350370 / 07726 695996

Composers’ Fund

PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund is an opportunity for composers with a strong track record; giving direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their career. A contribution of up to £10,000 is available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK and have the potential for greater impact in the UK and overseas. Support is available for up to 15 composers per year who can make the case for the kind of support that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career.
Find out more and apply here
The next deadline is May 28th

Momentum Music Fund

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for UK based artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.

Find out more and apply here
The next deadline is May 28th

The Writer Producer Fund - Applications Open

The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.

Find out more and apply here
The next deadline is 24th June at 6pm

Elevate Fund - Arts Council England

Grant range: £75,000 - £100,000

In the second round of the Elevate programme we are investing £3 million of National Lottery funding into improving the resilience of organisations making a significant contribution to the Creative Case for Diversity, to encourage an increase of diverse led organisations within the National Portfolio.

Eligibility: Arts organisations, accredited museums, museum support organisations and libraries not in receipt of National Portfolio funding during 2018-22.
Learn More Here
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12pm on 23 May 2019

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

To apply and for full details visit:

Jerwood New Work Fund

The Jerwood New Work Fund provides funding for the research, development, creation, production and dissemination of new work, with a focus on developing artistic practice.
It aims to advance artistic practice by encouraging applicants to investigate the creative process and take risks that lead to the development of unique new works destined to connect with a public audience.
You can apply for between £5,000 and £25,000
For full terms and how to apply click here
Applications must be received by: 5pm, 3 June 2019

Theatre Improvement Scheme

This is a three-year scheme, with funding each year being given to projects on a specific theme. The theme for the 2019 fund is Improving Environmental Sustainability.
Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme.

Terms and Conditions
Application Form
The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2019.

Arts and Culture Fund for North Norfolk

The North Norfolk District Council Arts and Culture Fund is open for applications.
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 to the can be submitted at any time. Decisions on eligible applications will be made in July, November and March. To be considered in July, completed applications need to be submitted by Friday 28th June .

For more information about the Arts and Culture Fund or to apply for a grant click here

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

National Lottery Awards for All England

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.
You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

Deadline: Ongoing
For full terms and how to apply click here

National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities England

Reaching Communities make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. We can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. We’re really interested in hearing your ideas. Whether they’re big or small, tell us what you think will improve your community.
Show us how you plan to:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Deadline: Ongoing
For full terms and how to apply click here

Arts Council England - Developing Your Creative Practice Fund

Developing your Creative Practice supports the development of independent creative practitioners. This programme will give individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and take them to the next stage in their practice.
Any projects we support must focus on one or more of these artforms and disciplines:

  • creative media and the wider creative industries. For example, film or audio, design or gaming
  • technology, including digital technology. For example, virtual reality or live-streaming
  • other non-arts organisations or settings. For example, residential-care providers, or a science organisation
  • other non-arts cultural forms or sectors. For example, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport.

Round Six Deadline: 12 noon, 08 August 2019

Full Guidance For Applicants
Apply Here

New Funding Call - Understanding Wellbeing: Secondary Analysis Data Initiative Funding

The Centre is interested in projects that answer policy and practice relevant questions on wellbeing, exploring what works to improve (or worsen) wellbeing in different contexts, through different mechanisms and for different people. We are particularly interested in the areas of:
community wellbeing, place, social connections and social capital
improving working age life

As a what works project, our team at the Centre will be a part of your bid, working with you to connect your research with decision-makers across a range of sectors to help translate evidence into impact. Additionally, we would support communications and dissemination to increase your research’s reach.

Next Steps:

Please visit:

Deadlines: 31 July 2019 for the November panel.

Momentum (Norfolk) Small Grants 

Grants and Funding
Momentum (Norfolk) is funded by Norfolk County Council to award small grants of up to £500 to voluntary clubs, groups & organisations working with young people aged 11-19 years in Norfolk.
There are also several grants that are offered by our partners. Find more information about these grants in the links to the right.

Momentum (Norfolk) Small Grants Programme
Momentum (Norfolk) Small Grants are assessed by Young Commissioners from the Youth Advisory Boards. There are several things to consider before you decide to apply for our Grants.
You must be a Momentum (Norfolk) member (Associate members cannot apply)
We have three deadlines a year for grant applications (see below). Please allow at least 6 weeks for a decision to be made and funds to be released (we cannot fund activities that have already taken place). There are four grants available - members can apply for up to two grants per financial year.
If your application is successful we will pay 50% of the grant to you and the remaining 50% on receipt of a satisfactory evaluation. (Start-up grants are paid in full). You will be expected to show receipts for the full amount with your evaluation. 

Before submitting your application please read through our Small Grant Guidelines and use the checklist to ensure you have provided all the information needed to support your application.

Application Deadlines 2018-19
Quarter 1: April - June 2018: 8 June 2018
Quarter 2: July - September 2018: 28 September 2018
Quarter 3: October - December 2018: 7 December 2018
Quarter 4: January - March 2018: 8 March 2019

Small Grants Application Form 

Become a Momentum Member Form

The Arts Project Fund 2019/20 - Norfolk County Council 

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk.
Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.
If you would like to apply for the first round of funding this year please email for an application form.

First round of funding deadline 31st May 2019

Arts Project Fund Criteria

New Action Grants - European Cultural Foundation

We are looking for your ideas, projects, and experiments that breathe new life into European democracy. Apply now for our action grants!

The European Union is an open and free society.
A place we created together and where Europeans have lived peacefully for almost 75 years. It has not been easy. We have defeated fascism and torn down the walls that kept us apart. We have created a place that is at peace with itself. A place that guarantees freedoms for which many others around the world are fighting. A place where we can travel freely. Where we can study and work in different countries and create experiences that will enrich the rest of our lives.
But this, our Europe is under attack. We are facing a newly divided Europe. A new kind of polarisation threatens the gains of decades of European cooperation. New levels of inequality erode the social fabric of our societies. Culture and identity are misused to divide communities.
Do we really want to watch this happen? It’s time to act now!

What are we looking for?
We fund creative, cultural actions prior, during and after the EU parliamentary elections that can breathe life into Europe, and democracy at large.
Priority is given to proposals related to, and taking place before or during the European elections (May 23-26). We want your innovative and provocative ideas that challenge the negative discourse and are able to become inspiring examples from the local to the European levels.

How and when can I apply?
Since this is a special year for Europe, we have special rules for this open call:
The call is permanently open as of February 2019 until the available budget has been spent. We select projects on a rolling basis, meaning: first come, first serve. Every couple of weeks we share with you the latest selection of projects through our online channels, as well as an update on how much budget remains.

For further information and guidelines please click here
To apply visit:

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.

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 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?

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.

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:

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 

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

Holkham Hall Volunteers Needed

  • Education Team Volunteers
  • Hall Volunteers
  • National Nature Reserve Volunteers
  • Landscape Volunteers

For full list of duties and how to get involved vist:

Invite For New Trustees For St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth

In a period of exciting change and renewal for the theatre in delivering its Community focused Business Plan and developing a Community Café, St George's Theatre Trust is seeking to fulfil trustee vacancies. Ideal candidates will be passionate about supporting the Great Yarmouth community through the arts and willing to take an active role in St George's fundraising, finance, business and artistic development, engagement, and marketing. To find out more about the work of the organisation and the role of a trustee please visit the website here.

Interested applicants are invited to send a CV and a covering letter describing your areas of expertise and suitability to Debbie Thompson, Theatre Director, to
Closing date for applications 31 May 2019

Summer Production Volunteer Roles - The Garage, Norwich

We are looking individuals aged 18+ to join our busy summer production team for The Big Summer Production: Aladdin. You will be part of the creative team that is bought together for duration of the production. We spend two weeks rehearsing the production and this culminates with 4 performances in The Garage theatre. The cast is made up of 50 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years. To find out more about each role, click the title to download the job description.

Roles Available:

  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Choreographer
  • Props & Décor Maker (Multiple positions available)
  • Costume & Wardrobe Support (Multiple positions available)
  • Support Worker (Multiple positions available)
  • Technician - Lighting & Effects

Application Form
For role descriptions Click Here or to apply send a completed application form to
Deadline: 17 June 2019

Aylsham Heritage Centre Call For Volunteers 

Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a Tuesday afternoon twice a month? Do you enjoy meeting people and talking about the history of the town? We are looking for some new volunteers to help to meet and greet visitors in the heritage centre - particularly on a Tuesday afternoon. You won't be left on your own, and you don't need to be an expert!

If you think this is something you may be interested in then please do call the centre on 07919962814 or email us at

Events Volunteers - East Anglia's Children Hospices

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us at our EACH events, whether it’s covering supporters with powdered paint at one of our Colour Dashes, enjoying the fun of the bubbles at one of our EACH Bubble Rushes, helping with marshalling and car parking or manning one of our many fundraising stalls. You’ll play a key role in making sure our supporters have an excellent event experience whilst meeting new friends and having fun along the way.

Volunteers needed for the following events:
Saturday 18th May 2019 - Bubble Rush, Earlham Park, Norwich
Sunday 9th June 2019 - Bubble Rush, Huntingdon Racecourse, Huntingdon
Saturday 15th June 2019 - Bubble Rush, The Walks, King's Lynn
Friday 21st June 2019 - Norfolk Show Ball, Norfolk Showground, Norwich

Register Your Interest

Garden & Display Welcomers Needed - St. Seraphim’s Trust, Little Walsingham

St. Seraphim’s comprises an Orthodox Pilgrim Chapel in what was once Walsingham’s railway station, housing Icon, Pilgrim and Railway Heritage. Since its founding in 1966, St. Seraphim’s has specialised in the production of traditional hand painted Icons. It also has a sizeable garden alongside the buildings which since 2010 has been developed into a new resource for the people of Walsingham and beyond. The Quiet Garden is open for the use of the community as well as visitors and pilgrims as a space for quiet and relaxation. We aim for it to appeal to as wide a range of people as possible and for those with a variety of needs to be able to enjoy and take benefit from the natural surroundings.
In order to extend our opening to the public, we are looking for people who enjoy spending time in the garden and gallery while assisting others to do so. Garden and Display Welcomers are needed. We warmly invite you to visit, explore the unique heritage of St. Seraphim’s and meet the team.

Tel: 01328 820610

Wymondham Heritage Museum Volunteers Needed

We're still looking for volunteers for this season! Could you offer just 3 hours per month on a regular basis? Morning/afternoon stewards and tearoom helpers needed. Several slots available.

Please call 01953 600205 or email

Volunteer Wanted - Museum Broads

We are looking for volunteers to join our team to take on the key role of welcoming visitors to our museum. If you have excellent interpersonal and basic IT skills this is for you! We have a really straightforward electronic till which is used for entrance fees, boat trips, the shop and event bookings. We will of course give full training on both the till and working at the museum. In return you will be part of an enthusiastic team and gain valuable experience as well as some new skills. What’s more it’s a great opportunity to meet new people.

If you are interested in joining our jolly team at historic Stalham Staithe please contact Nicola Hems at

For more information on volunteering with the Museum Broads click here 

Norwich Puppet Theatre: Calling Potential Voluntary Trustees!

Do you want to be involved in a community enterprise but never understood how? Norwich Puppet Theatre invites you to express your interest in joining our active Board as a Trustee!
The key responsibilities of this exciting voluntary role are to take ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a small arts charity, and ensuring that it is well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for its users.
We currently wish to strengthen the know-how at our Board table:
- Someone with the skills and a special interest in taking responsibility for our corporate relations with local businesses.
- Up-to-date experience and skills in the primary education curriculum
- Community engagement and volunteer strategy
But a wide range of other skills are always of interest. If you’d like to be involved in directing our affairs and helping us to be well-run and effective in delivering benefits to all our users you can read some more information about what is involved here, or contact

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Various Ongoing Volunteering Opportunities

Gressenhall is incredibly well supported by teams of volunteers. They help us to achieve far more than we could manage on our own and we are extremely grateful for their support.
We currently have volunteers who assist with collections, engineering, the farm, gardening, learning, research, Team Panhard, workhouse trail guides and landscape conservation.
If you are interested in volunteering at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse please email

Ancient House Thetford Treasures Volunteers Wanted

We’re looking for volunteers to our Thetford Treasures group. Volunteers are essential for bringing the collections to life for school and group visits. You may be preparing crafts, dressing as a Tudor or cooking on the Victorian range, working in a unique Tudor town house. The team of volunteers often pitch in at busy times such as seasonal events and school holidays.
If you’re interested in volunteering for this role at Ancient House, read the role description then complete an application form and email it to us.

Fundraising Volunteers - OPEN, Norwich

We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, hardworking and versatile people who are interested in offering their free time to support our fundraising team.
Subject to an informal chat and DBS check, the successful candidates will be called upon to collect donations after our live gigs and events, and to assist in the organisation and delivery of both internal & external fundraising events as the face of OPEN Youth Trust. Day & evening shifts available on an as & when basis. Great interpersonal skills essential.

Please click here to download a volunteer form and attach with a CV to arrange an informal interview, to Harriet, Fundraising Coordinator –

Norwich Film Festival Volunteering Opportunities

Every year The Norwich Film Festival likes to recruit a wonderful enthusiastic team of volunteers to help with the running duties associated with the Festival. It is fair to say we would be lost without the support of volunteers and we would love to welcome you to become part of the team in 2019!
So what type of duties are included with volunteering, I hear you ask? Well, these can range from; online judging, ushering, marketing, social media, front of house greetings, box office, selling merchandise to handing out flyers in the street. Volunteering jobs really do vary but these can be great fun and are a wonderful way to meet like minded individuals.

However, before we are able to discuss your volunteering duties further you need to make sure your are eligible. Therefore:
- Volunteers must be aged 18 or older.
- You also need to be local to the event you wish to volunteer for as we cannot provide accommodation or travel.
- Enthusiastic and eager to be part of a growing Film Festival in Norwich

So what we need from you:
- A friendly persona
- Reliability
- Good Initiative
- An interest in film
- Fluent English
We will provide a short training session and getting to know you session before the Festival, so it is useful if you can be available for those as well.
If you have any questions please email:

Norwich City Host Volunteer 

Do you have spare time on your hands and are looking for an interesting and exciting way to fill it? Do you enjoy walking, the outdoors, meeting new people and are passionate about Norwich's rich history, culture, heritage and diversity?

Then why not sign up become a Norwich BID City Host Volunteer and make a difference to the vitality and vibrancy of the city? Share your knowledge and city centre insights with visitors to the city, leaving them with a positive impression so they want to return time and time again. For more information about the volunteer role please refer to our information sheet. Alternatively please contact our City Hosts Supervisors, Mike, Louise, Richard or Tracey on 01603 599572 for further information.

If you wish to apply please complete the following application form and return via email or send to Norwich BID, Unit 4.3 Floor 4, Kiln House, Pottergate. NR2 1DX.

Arts and Craft Support Volunteer - Build Charity

What you will be doing:
Supporting a small group of people with disabilities to participate in a range of arts and craft activities within a weekly social club on Wednesday evenings in Norwich. The support Volunteer will assist the lead volunteer.

When: Every, or every other Wednesday a month between 6.45pm and 9:15pm

Volunteer registration form 

Information on all our employment or volunteering opportunities are available by calling 01603 618029 or emailing

Further volunteering oppprtunities with BUILD Charity can be found here.

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. 

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

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 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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