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Arts networks and resources


Blue Monkey is an artist network run by artists for artists, in partnership with Towner and supported by Arts Council England. Blue Monkey network aims to provide opportunities for professional and creative development for East Sussex artists.

Hastings Creatives is an e-list for the creative and media community. That includes everyone working in, or interested in the creative arts and media in the Hastings area stretching from fine artists to those working with new media, from community groups to graphic designers and illustrators. It provides a discussion and networking group for support and sharing of information.

Rye Creative Centre is a cultural hub and outstanding studio facility for over 30 resident artists (known collectively as New Road Artists) and the ARRCC charity, who offer art and crafts, music therapy, creative writing, counselling, complementary therapies and gardening for physically and sensory impaired adults. The Centre offers a dynamic programme of exhibitions, events, symposia, open studios, theatre productions and workshops for adults and young people in East Sussex and Kent throughout the year and boasts an Art Room, Gallery, Theatre and Print Room – all available to hire.

Wired Sussex supports digital media companies of all sizes in Brighton and beyond helping them to develop and grow.

East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS)

ESCIS holds details of almost 8,000 organisations and community groups around the county. Please see, 

East Sussex Cultural Strategy 2013 – 2023

A ten year partnership framework produced by East Sussex County Council on behalf of government agencies and services, cultural organisations and cultural leaders.

East Sussex Arts Partnership

The Partnership is made up of:

Arts Council England South East,
Eastbourne Borough Council,
East Sussex County Council,
Hastings Borough Council,
Lewes District Council,
Rother District Council,
South Downs National Park, and
Wealden District Council.

We invest in culture because we value its contribution to the wellbeing of the county, and recognise it as a valuable tool for the county’s work in economic and social regeneration, tourism, environmental protection, planning, health, community safety, skills development and education.

We recognise the importance of striving for excellence. This is not about scale – small events can be great events. In the words of Arts Council England’s Great Art for Everyone: “it is simply the bravest, most original, most innovative, most perfectly realised work of which people are capable – whether in the creation of art, its performance, its communication or its impact on audiences.”

Halls for Hire

Find out about halls and rooms for hire across the county from our, 


To find out about support for film exhibition and where to find a film club, please see the,