Julie Russell Service Director, Arts, Culture and Leisure, Wakefield Council:
We are living through an unprecedented time and I hope you are keeping yourself and your family safe and well.
Though we are facing many challenges, it is important that we continue to move forward and today, I wish to announce two, positive and important developments.
The first is launch of the Creative Wakefield Framework. In February, at the last district network event, we promised you that a new Creative Wakefield website would follow soon. I am delighted to inform you that it is now ready and you can find some exciting opportunities there: www.creativewakefield.net
So far our Creative Wakefield Network has been very informal and lacking a platform for networking and sharing between the members. The new website will fill this major gap as well as provide other opportunities. To be able to take a full advantage of this new tool, please click “Become a Member” and register. This will grant you access into the Members’ area where we will be advertising funding and business support opportunities, networking and other events as well as additional regional and national news. The emerging Wakefield Board recruitment process, and the notes and work of the new Board and its working groups, will also be kept on here. You will also have an opportunity to promote your business / practice and connect directly with other network members.
Please spread the word and share this information far and wide. The Network is an inclusive and collaborative organisation for individuals, organisations and businesses. Membership is open to all creatives from across the sector: digital and gaming, culture and heritage, performing arts and everything in between.
The second development is the launch of the Creative Challenge 2020, the Council’s response to supporting our creative and cultural sectors to overcome the challenge and impact of Covid-19.
Wakefield’s creative sector is one of its key assets and we want to help you to overcome this challenging time and emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.
We are offering grants from £500 up to £15,000 to support project activity in the short term whilst we experience the on-going lockdown and for after when we are returning to some form of normality again. Please read the brief carefully and I hope you and many others apply for a grant to support you over the coming months.
Please go to the new website to find out the details and check how you could benefit from the programme.
Stay safe and keep creating!