Community arts resources


Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2017

Community groups in the UK have until 31st July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme.

There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.  To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.  Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members.

The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.  The application process includes a public vote. Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.  To give you some ideas, click the link for a list of last year’s award winners.

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Community Arts

Become an ADUK Member for 2017-18

We would like to invite you to join ADUK – the only UK organisation representing professional arts development at a local, regional and national level.  ADUK membership offers significant benefits, including the chance to network with colleagues, share learning, experience and issues, appeal for help and keep your finger on the pulse of the changes and developments in the sector. In 2016-17, our membership included nearly 400 cultural organisations and those engaged in the arts development sector (including over 85% of local authorities in England and Wales with an arts and cultural service). We hope that you will take advantage of the current valuable services and new developments for this coming year by becoming a member.

  Member Benefits   We offer you a range of services for your membership, including:

  • Advocacy, networking and supporting the interests of professionals involved in the arts development sector and those working in creative industries on a local, regional and national bases
  • Research and development programmes into the state of arts development
  • A professional development programme to support you in your career development
  • A weekly electronic e-zine (the ADUK e-zine)
  • A strong regional voice with regional meetings in each area on a regular basis
  • An informative ADUK website, regularly updated, which also includes good practice case studies in our exclusive members-only area
  • A national seminar and conference programme

  Membership Rates  

We have also listened to our members in 2016-17 and we are pleased to report that we have frozen our membership fees for the coming year (and in some cases there has been no membership increase since 2012).  Our membership rates for 2017-18 include:

  • Large organisations (trading above £75,000 p.a.) – £180 +VAT (£216)
  • Small organisations (trading below £75,000 p.a.) – £100 +VAT (£120)
  • Personal Membership – £80 +VAT (£96)ADUK
  • Unemployed/Student/Retired Membership – £42 +VAT (£50.40)
  • Group Membership for up to 5 members – £285 +VAT (£342)
  • Large Group Membership (for up to 10 members) – £325+VAT (£390)

  How to Join   If you would like to join as a new member in 2017-18, please complete and return to us one of the forms below:

For Organisational Membership:  Organisational membership application form

For Group Organisational Membership:  Group Organisational membership application form

For Personal Membership:  Personal membership application form

If you would like to find out more information about ADUK Membership, please contact Pete Bryan at or 01269 824728.



An Exhibition featuring 5 Bolton based artists

In creative partnership with neo:artists, New Art Spaces Bolton consists of four shop units and two large office spaces for developing and showcasing new art and artistic talent in Greater Manchester.

Location: Churchgate House, Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HL

The opening times are:

Thursday 6 April, 5-8pm

Friday 7 April, 11am-5pm

Saturday 8 April, 11am-5pm


Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, New Art Spaces provides opportunities for emerging artists to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities.


Wolfson Foundation -Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme

Theatres Trust has now launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation to enable both large and small theatres to deliver urgent building repairs. Theatres with leases of more than 15 years that are in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance with no less than 30 performances a year; theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building.   There will be two funding rounds in 2017; the first round will close on the 15th March 2017 with a further round closing on the 16th September 2017.

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Source: ADUK


Smithills Arts and Crafts Courses

Smithills Hall Museum – Creative Arts & Crafts Courses – various dates starting from Saturday 19 March to Thursday 28 April

Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. With the guidance of highly experienced artists, you can learn a new skill or enhance an existing creative interest.

To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211. Course participants can purchase lunch from Smithills Hall’s Tea Room and will receive a 15% discount on food and beverages.

Available courses:

Millinery Workshop – Make a Headpiece – £52 
Justine Bradley-Hill
Saturday 19 March, 10am to 4pm
This course will teach you traditional millinery techniques, you will create a headpiece to take home.


Interior Designing – £52
Louise Garman
Sunday 20 March, 10am to 4pm
This course will show you how to plan a project using design techniques; you will take away mood boards, colour worksheets and swatches.


Stone Carving – £52
Simon Keeley
Saturday 26 March, 10am to 4pm
Learn how to carve your own design into a piece of limestone to take home.


Taking better photographs – £52
Heather B
Thursday 31 March, 10am to 4pm
Learn how to take better photos with your camera. Please bring your own camera.


Simple Book Binding – £16
Maddie Smith
Thursday 7 April, 2pm to 4pm
Learn how to fold your own paper and card chap book using traditional book folding techniques.


Silk Flower Corsage – £52
Sue Carter and Marie Thornton
Saturday 9 April, 10am to 4pm
Create a fabric flower corsage or headpiece using traditional millinery techniques.


Designing a Children’s Mural – £52
Louise Garman
Sunday 10 April, 10am to 4pm
This course shows you how to select and enlarge an image for your mural; you will take home drawings, worksheets and a mood board.


Introduction to Art Journaling – £48
Susan Sydall
Thursday 14, 21 and 28 April, 1pm to 4pm
Set over three weeks this course will give you book folding, collage and embroidery techniques to create your own keepsake journal. 


Monoprinting – £52
Louise Garman
Saturday 16 April, 10am to 4pm
On this course you will have the chance to try different monoprinting techniques to produce your own unique print.