Creative and Digital Task Group


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This Task Group straddles two important sectors which have both experienced skill shortages and a high number of job vacancies which have proved difficult to fill within East Sussex for the last 3 years. Consequently the Task Group includes employers from two sectors including Bark Web Ltd, the De La Warr Pavilion, Switchplane Ltd, Hextransforma Healthcare Limited, The Towner Gallery, Glyndebourne, Factory Internet and The RSE Group. There are also representatives from education and training including East Sussex College Group, Artswork, Vocate Training, Culture Shift, the University of Brighton and Bexhill College. The Group is jointly chaired by Sally Staples, Cultural Strategy Manager of East Sussex County Council, and Julian Perrott of Bark Web Ltd

Current Activity

Some members of the Task Group are working on a bid to create a ‘Talent Accelerator’. The pilot has been in development locally and with colleagues in Kent and Essex and creates an elevator of “age and of stage” that focuses on creativity in context e.g. ‘how to be creative as a farmer/engineer’. It will work with children from early years through to FE/HE. The proposal has been endorsed by Culture East Sussex and the bid will be led by the De La Warr Pavilion and will be submitted in January in the region of £200,000.

Two members of the Task Group are working with the Digital Skills Partnership, comprising stakeholders from across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to increase awareness and access to digital skills training across the region.

Members of the Task Group supported the new Open Doors venture ‘Into Games’ with 90 students from nine schools who took part in an engaging workshop focusing on the production of a game at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. The workshop was based on groups of young people running their own ‘studio’, including a number of different roles – designer, marketing, programming, studio assistants – and coming up with an idea for a game, developing the creative brief and then presenting it.

For the Careers Campaign 2020–21, the Task Group has agreed that the following roles need to be promoted;

  • Programmers and Software Developers
  • Marketing professionals and copywriters
  • Cyber Security Officer
Sally Staples Headshot

Co-Chair Sally Staples, Cultural Strategy Manager East Sussex County Council

Sally Staples MA joined East Sussex County Council as Cultural Strategy Manager in 2012. Previously she was Head of the Kent County Council Arts Development Unit where she also managed the Kent Film Office. Sally specialises in creating the strategic environment which allows the cultural sector to flourish. Sally’s involvement in the cultural sector has ranged from practitioner, facilitator, commissioner and writer to venue manager and performer. Her recent projects include South East Creatives (business support programme) England’s Creative Coast (cultural tourism) and workspace development.

Creative and Digital Task Group Meetings

Please find below the minutes of the last four meetings.

1. 9 March 2020 Bexhill Town Hall - minutes

2. 10 December 2019 Lewes House – minutes

3. 10 September 2019 County Hall, Lewes – minutes

4. 11 June 2019 County Hall Lewes – minutes

Future meetings for 2020 are scheduled for

  • 8 June 2020 venue TBC
  • 27 September 2020 venue TBC
  • 8 December 2020 venue TBC