Supporting your Creative Project
Supporting your Creative Project
Arts in Redditch are proud supporters of local people setting up new creative opportunities to benefit our residents and we can work with you to get your project off the ground. This might include the award of a small grant from our own funds or from The Redditch School of Art Trust.
Have a creative project that would involve local people especially something new, or not currently happening here?
Have great idea but need help with setting it up?
Need some financial help in getting started?
Then contact us by completing the support form:
We will consider any project that can be described as art; it doesn't have to be painting, music, drama or dance. Our aim is to have a diverse mix of creative opportunities available within the area, that people can engage in.
Here are some examples of projects we have supported recently:
Indigo Arts – ‘Big Busk’ 2019
Established in 2011 and based at their ‘ArtsLab’ in the Kingfisher Centre, Indigo Arts runs a wide range of creative activities for young people with a wide spectrum of abilities. In 2019, Arts in Redditch awarded a £500 grant to Indigo Arts to support their ‘Big Busk’ event in the Kingfisher Centre, showcasing local performers of all ages.
37th Birmingham Jazz Festival - Bruce Adams Quartet
For the first time, Redditch hosted two performances as part of the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Both were promoted by the Palace Drum Clinic, who are now based in the Kingfisher Centre. The second of these performances featured the Bruce Adams Quartet, an internationally renowned jazz combo which has regularly appeared as part of the Birmingham Jazz Festival. The event took place in an empty retail shop in the Kingfisher Centre - the music equivalent of our Pop-Up Galleries! Using its own funds, Arts in Redditch provided a financial guarantee for the event, to reflect the risks of this new venture, coming shortly after the relaxation of Covid restrictions. Let's hope PDC are willing to promote more live jazz in Redditch!
John Bonham a Celebration II 2021 - This event celebrates the life of John Bonham, drummer with celebrated band Led Zeppelin, who was born and grew up in Redditch. This event took place on Saturday, 25th September. As well as major acts at The Palace Theatre & Arena stage, Arts in Redditch sponsored the 'John Bonham Legacy Stage' in Church Green as part of the 'Fringe' event taking place throughout the day. The stage provided a showcase for local, up and coming bands.
Redditch Folk Choir 2019 – another new initiative by our past Chairman, Malcolm Hall, underwritten by Arts in Redditch, is now established as the Redditch Folk Club, and hopes to resume face to face sessions shortly:
Redditch Life Drawing – 2019 – a good example of an entirely new initiative, started up by an enthusiastic individual who need to some support to expand and establish her monthly Life Drawing Classes. AIR awarded a grant of £700 from the Redditch School of Art Trust, which has helped to secure the expansion and long-term future of these classes. Part of the funding was used to purchase a 'Zoom' licence, to allow classes to continue during lockdown.
Scour II Project, ‘The Museum in the Landscape’ 2019/20 – this was a significant project for Redditch, attracting financial support from a number of sources, including Arts Council England. The project celebrated the history and landscape of Forge Mill and the Arrow Valley as it runs through Redditch, and AIR awarded a grant of £750 from the Redditch School of Art Trust, to help fund a series of creative workshops at Forge Mill Museum.