Cultural Development News: January 2022

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News and Upcoming Events:

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We are delighted to have various cultural support and engagement events coming up over the next few months: 

What's On and Events Webinar (in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor):

Thursday 10th February 2022 via Zoom (2pm - 5pm). Please find further information below and to register for the event, please click here

Grants and Funding Workshop: 

Tuesday 1st March 2022 (10am - 2.30pm) at The Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC). Please find further information below and to book your place, please click here.

Next Cultural Forum:

Thursday 3rd March 2022 - 2pm (invites and further details to follow shortly).

What's On and Events: Webinar

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SWT are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website which will provide free advertising and publicity for both SWT and privately organised events.

Created with funding from the SWT ERDF Welcome Back Fund this tool can be used by all of our valued stakeholders and organisations to log events and populate a useful calendar for the district. 

We will be holding a free webinar on 10th February 2022 to show how this can be used for your organisation and how it can benefit you.

Please register if you would like to join the Webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting.

If you encounter any problems, please email: 

In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at the Website: Somerset West and Taunton Events and Things to Do Website

Funding Workshop - 1st March 2022

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Andrew Knutt will be facilitating a free ideas and funding workshop on Tuesday 1st March 2022 at The Creative Innovation Centre.

This workshop, supported and funded by Somerset West & Taunton Council, is ideal for new and established creatives who are keen on researching grants and funding opportunities for creative projects, and learning more about the funding landscape. 

For more information and to book your place for the event please visit the Creative Innovation Centre's website.

Cultural Forum - Thematic Sub-Groups Update

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As part of our last Cultural Forum in December, we asked you which thematic sub-groups you would like to see set up to help facilitate some of the objectives in our Cultural Strategy. 

Our survey resulted in the top 3 subjects being Creative People. Events and Employment and Skills. We would therefore like to understand the level of interest for each group and would appreciate if you could register below if you would like to be involved:  

  • Creative People - the Creative People sub-group is already established and is being led by Richard Holt. Richard will be holding an Arts Engagement workshop at CICCIC on Tuesday 8th February. If you are interested in joining this group, please get in touch with Richard via
  • Employment and Skills - if you are interested in joining the Employment and Skills sub-group, please register your interest here
  • Events - if you are interested in joining the Events sub-group, please register your interest here

Grants and Funding Information:

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Arts-based Learning Fund

Not for profit organisations and charities that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities.


Dying Matters Community Grants Programme

The Dying Matters Community Grants Programme is funded by Hospice UK and supported through a donation by Dignity Funerals which is a long-term supporter of the Dying Matters campaign. Hospice UK’s Dying Matters campaign is working to create an open culture in which everyone is comfortable talking about death, dying and bereavement. Dying Matters’ vision is of an open culture that talks about death and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying, and who have been bereaved.

The funding is intended for community arts and culture groups with community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way.


The Idlewild Trust Grant

Grants up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities and exempt charities for nurturing early-stage professionals in the arts, including dance, music, theatre and visual arts, and the conservation of objects and works or art.


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Grant

Revenue grants of up to £25,000 per year for several years are available to UK not-for-profit organisations for arts, culture and heritage projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK. The application deadline for Stage 1 applications is midnight on Monday 28 February 2022. Successful applicants at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full Stage 2 application by Thursday 31 March 2022. Grant Application - Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Councillor news: Caroline's latest report (07/12/2021)


You can view Caroline's most recent update to full council here.