Working in partnership and meeting real need
Striving for excellence in all that we do
Opening doors to arts & creativity for all across the East of England
Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity committed to bringing the very best arts and cultural activities to rural and/or under-engaged audiences across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region. We aim to use the transformative power of the arts to fight rural and social isolation; increase enjoyment, skills, health and wellbeing; broaden horizons and ambitions; and make a positive difference to the lives of people living in rural communities.
We achieve this by helping people access and engage with high-quality arts experiences, including live performances, cinema screenings, creative workshops and training sessions. For more information on the different schemes and projects we run throughout the Eastern region, please visit Our Work
The beginnings of a rural touring scheme emerge, focusing solely on live performance. Rural Arts Touring Scheme (RATS) is established, working with just 6 communities and promoting 12 shows.
The pilot is established as an independent company and registered charity, and is now called Arts In Rural Norfolk (AIRN).
AIRN is approached by local authority officers from Cambridgeshire and Suffolk to expand the touring scheme. It relaunches as Rural Arts East (RAE). The Cambridgeshire contingent becomes its own independent body in 2000.
During the 2000s, RAE merges with Create (a disability arts project), Wordwaves (a literature development initiative) and Norfolk Arts Marketing. In June 2002, it relaunches as Creative Arts East.
Creative Arts East launches a community cinema scheme called ‘Village Screen’, enabling promoters to promote films as well as live performances in their community. Today, this is called Creative Arts East Screen.
Creative Arts East loses its Arts Council England status as a Regularly Funded Organisation.
We become a founding member of the regional consortiums CLiP (Creative Learning in Partnership) and Team East for Skills (TEFS).
We receive Strategic Touring Investment from Arts Council England specifically for West Norfolk and Suffolk, to broaden the types of venues we tour to in these areas
We lead the large-scale action research-based Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme to 2016 which culminated into the production of our 61% and Smiling document.
During this time Creative Arts East reclaims its status as an Arts Council England-funded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), guaranteed until 2018.
We begin work on the ‘Our Day Out’ project of dementia-inclusive arts sessions for older people. Today this is a major part of our work.
Our NPO status with Arts Council England is renewed again, with status confirmed until 2022. We are constantly embarking on new and exciting initiatives to develop rural arts engagement in the region.
Creative Arts East celebrates their 25th Anniversary Year with a campaign to raise £25,000 in philanthropic giving and corporate sponsorship.
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