Arts information

Find out about arts in the South East

Welcome to our arts commission site

We are a charity based in the South East. We offer funding and support to a wide range of local groups, organisations and individuals, and nurture projects that enrich the arts in the community. We work closely with local councils to ensure our services benefit people living, working or studying in the area.

Every year, we fund between thirty and forty creative arts projects. We support a number of different art forms including dance, theatre, visual arts, film, photography, literature, spoken word and music. We have a professional development bursary for artists as well as other funding opportunities. We also deliver our own exciting projects through our own initiatives fund.

Call for Artists working with older people

The south-east’s programme dedicated to two year arts programme for older people with mental health issues including dementia is looking to develop a core team of artists. We are offering a specialist training scheme for 4 artists of any discipline with some experience in the field, who are interested in developing their skills in a range of venues including small groups and one-to-one settings which include people’s homes.

The programme offers small-scale funding for arts projects through two funding strands. We believe even a small grant can make a big difference. If you are planning an arts project or event in the south-east area that requires funding, we would like to hear from you. Please check our guidelines to see if you are eligible to apply. Applicants must live, work or study in the South East and awards are open to both organisations and individuals.

Arts Forum

This arts forum is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to promoting and developing us as a major centre for the arts.

Here on our website you'll find up-to-date news about the local arts scene, information on funding, your community and other arts-related subjects. Plus you can find out what's going on in your area by clicking on our What's On Calendar.

If you have an event you'd like to promote or news you'd like to share then please email us and we will place it on these pages. You can also view any current or past news articles and notices by visiting our News section. Just click on the area you're interested in and away you go!

Arts membership

Joining the arts forum brings a host of benefits, too. Membership is only £10 per annum and provides discounts on goods and services, a free magazine, regular email bulletins on news relevant to you and your work, as well as the right to exhibit in our new gallery headquarters. To join, simply download a form by clicking on the button top right and send it back to us with your subscription fee. We look forward to seeing you soon!

This is also an opportunity to discuss the arts, whether you’re an artist or just someone who enjoys seeing good art in the South East.


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