Welcome to Arts in Redditch, a local charity run entirely by volunteers, promoting and supporting individuals and groups to get creative in many ways - from singing and dancing to painting and crafting.

Browse our pages to see who we are, what we are doing and whether we can help you with your creative journey.

The Redditch Borough Poem: 100 Ways of Looking at Redditch

This project saw Redditch Borough Council’s Arts Development Team issue an open call to residents and community groups to send us lines for a poem expressing the spirit of Redditch. The result – generous, various, humorous and above all warm-hearted – speaks to the huge amount of affection and pride people in the Borough have for the place they live. During lockdown in 2020, RBC worked with local filmmaker Mazen Salmou - a refugee from Syria - to produce a film-poem based on this project, featuring some of the responses that they received. This film was part-funded by Redditch School of Art Trust, a fund administered by Arts in Redditch.

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WELCOME TO

THE WORLD OF LOCAL ARTS

 

At Arts in Redditch we aim to support and promote a wide variety of creativeevents that are taking place in the local area. Go to the Events tab to see what is taking place. 

Need help in getting something off the ground but don't know where to start? Go to the Support tab and see what we can do for you. 

Pop-Up Galleries return!

Our latest Pop-Up Gallery ended on 5th December, and was the most successful ever! Over 2,000 people visited us, purchasing 123 of the 600 + exhibits, as well as a plethora of cards, prints and other stock items. A great result - next one in May 2022.
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Arts Council England Funding Announcement

 

Redditch is set to receive £852,00 of Arts Council England funding as part of its Creative People and Place programme 2022-2025.

 

The ‘Reimagine Redditch’ partnership, which comprises Bromsgrove & Redditch Network (B.A.R.N), Redditch Borough Council, Arts in Redditch, Severn Arts and Jestaminute Community Theatre, submitted its funding application in June, after the previous programme had been suspended due to the pandemic.

Redditch is one of only eight towns in the West Midlands to receive funding in a highly competitive process, and is one of eleven nationally to receive first time funding from a pot of £23.9m.

Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director, Arts Council England said: “Arts, culture and creativity make the places we live vibrant, exciting and inspiring, benefiting our wellbeing and helping to boost local economies. We are pleased to welcome Redditch to our Creative People and Places programme. This National Lottery investment will support the team to achieve their vision for arts and culture in Worcestershire and ensure more people in Redditch can experience, connect with and take part in creativity in their communities.”

Commenting on this recent announcement, Gary Roskell, Chief Executive of B.A.R.N, declared: “this funding will give local communities in Redditch new opportunities to engage in a whole host of creative activities, which they will help to design & deliver. The programme, with its initial funding and the support of local partners, will provide the foundations for a long-term approach which ensures that creativity is embedded in the life of the town, reflecting the town’s industrial heritage.”

The Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure, Cllr Joanne Beecham, said: “Reimagine Redditch is a three-year participation campaign which now has the funding to make even more creative activities happen, in partnership with communities, starting next year. It provides a blank canvass for our residents to get creative and to help Redditch bounce back from Covid, and we were delighted to play our part in the process which has led to this successful outcome”

Philip Roberts, Trustee of Arts in Redditch, summed up their role: “the aims of the Creative People & Places programme closely match those of Arts in Redditch, so it’s great that this funding will help to realise those aims.”

For further information about the Reimagine Redditch consortium, please go to: https://reimagineredditch.org/consortium/