Cultural Development


Cultural Development

Building vibrant, active, creative communities and a local sense of belonging.

The arts are part of who we are. They are in our traditions, in our leisure time, in the way we communicate, in the responses we make and subsequently they are part of us. Wider than this personal impact, the arts help foster civic pride, community involvement and help make Rother a place people want to visit, live and work in. Cultural development is about helping Rother communities achieve these ends, supporting and guiding them so we continue to increase access to cultural opportunities for all.

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Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network   HRAEN

The HRAEN network offers quarterly meetings to network members, at cultural venues across Hastings and Rother, with speakers, practical artist led sessions and discussion forums. It responds to member needs whether they be in the classroom, the gallery, or the studio. A programme of cultural project is continually being developed and delivered by the partnership responding to school need to ensure all our young people have access to high quality arts opportunities.

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De La Warr Pavilion - Community Group Concessions De La Warr Pavilion building

Rother's relationship with the De La Warr Pavilion has been cemented for the next 7 years through the adoption of its next funding agreement. We are proud that alongside  Arts Council England we help support this central of cultural excellence and work closely with the team at the Pavilion for the best results for our local communities. To this end we continue to run the concession grant pot allowing community groups in Rother to apply for funding to support venue hire. The event take place at the De La Warr Pavilion, must be visual / performance based and open to the general public.

Applications will be considered throughout the year on an individual basis. Applications for the current year April 2014 to March 2015 are open but as always funds are extremely limited. For more information please contact Melanie Powell.


East Sussex Arts Partnership

Rother District Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, together make up the East Sussex Arts Partnership.

We invest in culture because we value its contribution to the wellbeing of the county, and recognise it as a valuable tool for the county's work in economic and social regeneration, tourism, environmental protection, planning, health, community safety, skills development and education.

We recognise the importance of striving for excellence. This is not about scale - small events can be great events. In the words of Arts Council England's Great Art for Everyone: "it is simply the bravest, most original, most innovative, most perfectly realised work of which people are capable - whether in the creation of art, its performance, its communication or its impact on audiences."

For information on ESAP funding please go to the East Sussex Arts Partnership page or go to the East Sussex County Council website page.

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