Monday, 22 April 2013

Arts Funding seminar is a hit at Central Sussex College Sixth Form

The first of a series of Creative Seminars to take place at the new Central Sussex College Sixth Form in Haywards Heath was a resounding success. The seminars form part of a bid to develop Haywards Heath and Mid Sussex as a Creative Hub for the region and raise the town and college’s profile and with creative practitioners and young emerging artists coming from the local area and as far afield as Milton Keynes and Birmingham, the event was one positive step closer in that process.

The seminar covered Funding for the Arts, an area well-known to be highly competitive. It involved a panel of professional artists talking about funding and sharing their knowledge and experience. The panel was comprised of Paul Bonham, Arts Council England (South East), Belinda Holden, co-director of the Creative Reach Consultancy and public art specialist and Robin Belfield, freelance theatre director, producer, writer and past creative director of the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Creative Reach Director Nigel Ryan introduces the panel
Nigel Ryan who is on the Local Community Board for Central Sussex College Sixth Form and the principal at Creative Reach, said, “Our strategy is to try and change the general perception of Haywards Heath by focusing on the positive things that are happening locally, like the college’s fantastic new £30m facility, the planning approval for a new multimillion pound Waitrose development and the recent Haywards Heath station redesign and refurbishment. So bringing high profile national organisations like Arts Council England to the town to discuss funding arts and culture is all part of the strategic process.”

Paul Bonham, Arts Council England said, “We were very happy with the seminar. Mid Sussex is not served as well as Brighton or London and we are actively looking to facilitate more events of a similar nature in partnership with Creative Reach”

Creative Reach Director Belinda Holden kicks off the panel debate
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