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Supporting creativity in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council’s vision is for Nottinghamshire to be a place where people enjoy life, are healthy, safe and prosperous; and where business is able to thrive. We are proud of our past and ambitious for our future.

We believe that participation in the arts can make a difference to individuals and communities and help ensure a better quality of life. We want more people enjoying and leading arts projects and we recognize and encourage the full diversity of Nottinghamshire citizens to get involved in the arts.

How the arts make a difference in Nottinghamshire

  • The Creative Greenhouse programme supports creative people and businesses to make the most of economic opportunities
  • The annual Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair attracts upwards of 7000 visitors over a weekend in June
  • County Youth Arts provide a platform for young people to showcase their talents in music, dance, drama, poetry and a whole lot more
  • a partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is delivering arts workshops for adults recovering from mental health issues, helping vulnerable people develop their confidence and self-esteem
  • tackling barriers that prevent disabled young people accessing and achieving; our work on the Young People’s Arts Award means more disabled young people will attain this award!
  • learning disabled adults are experiencing high quality arts projects across the County delivered by many independent organisations
  • Arts Partnership Nottinghamshire (a partnership of Nottinghamshire County Council, district Councils and Nottingham City Council) has delivered a ground breaking programme of arts development benefiting young people
  • Brings local people together with over 100 performances each year in village and community halls across the county.

How we support the arts

Nottinghamshire is a talented and creative county. Part of the role of the Arts Service is to support creative individuals and communities develop and deliver high quality, engaging and imaginative arts projects and initiatives. We do this through:

  • Grant aid
  • Advice and signposting
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Research and consultation
  • Developing partnerships and commissioning activities.

We run Rufford Craft Centre and Gallery, set in the grounds of Rufford Abbey Country Park. There is an all year round programme of exhibitions and creative workshops. Schools and community groups can also arrange visits and participate in tailor-made workshops. The Rufford Craft Centre programme July - December 2012 [PDF] includes our largest annual event, the Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair, which takes place at the end of June.

We also run Village Ventures, an exciting programme of professional theatre, music and comedy in village halls across the county. Promoted by local volunteers the programme is funded by the district and borough councils and Arts Council England, Find out more about the programme and getting involved at website:

These progammes and activities help us to deliver our plans to support the arts in Nottinghamshire. The service has five main priorities for 2011 & 2012 which support the ambition of the County Council:

  • Developing the workforce of the Arts sector.
    eg: ensuring artists are skilled in working with people with disabilities and other groups who may be excluded from participating in the arts.
  • Developing the infrastructure of the Arts sector.
    eg: supporting and developing arts groups in the County to offer new opportunities
  • Developing community engagement and participation in the Arts.
    eg: supporting volunteers in the Village Ventures programme of performances in rural locations.
  • Ensure Nottinghamshire communities benefit from the staging and impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    eg: London 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Britain to welcome the world and we want Nottinghamshire to be part of that celebration.
  • Investigate and implement improved and more efficient practices with the service.
    eg: we are developing online application processes which save time and resources which mean more of our resources go directly to support the arts in the county.


For further information please contact us:

tel: 0115 977 4589

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