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.

Strangeface: The Last Resort (Applause rural touring show)
Strangeface: The Last Resort (Applause rural touring show)

East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS)

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

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 Cultural Strategy

East Sussex Cultural Strategy summary version

Funding for arts projects 2013/14

Ideas on how to source grants to support your arts project.

East Sussex Arts Partnership recently held a funding advice event for cultural organisations. Presentations from the day can be found here.

Arts Council England National Lottery Project Funding

Heritage Lottery Fund

East Sussex County Council External Funding Team

East Sussex Arts Partnership

The Partnership is made up of:

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

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 East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS).

Understanding the Value of Cultural Organisations

To help us to understand the role that East Sussex cultural destinations play in the county we have worked with Arts Council England to conduct research into the impact of some of our cultural organisations.

The Social Capital generated by the De La Warr Pavilion

The Economic Impact of Glyndebourne

An Analysis of Branding with Charleston


To find out about support for film exhibition and where to find a film club go to Film Hub South East