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The Category Local Arts Bodies is a subset of Arts and Culture Promotion. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Local Arts Bodies which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Body's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Local Arts Bodies do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Ashford Federation of Arts

- Black Country Arts Council

- Community Arts North West

- Nottingham Asian Arts Council

- Restormel Arts

- Trafford Arts Association

 

! Local Arts Bodies KEY
VISITS (to Website)66
VIEWS (of this Record)219

'A Community Interest Company on The Isle of Arran which aims to promote live music events on the island throughout the year - all our profits are either reinvested in the company to ensure its continuance or used for the benefit of the local community.'

 

* Arran Events
VISITS (to Website)301
VIEWS (of this Record)414

‘The strategic arts organisation for the county; members include arts organisations, local authorities and public bodies with a remit for the arts ... There are more than 100 member organisations, including everyone involved in the development of the professional arts in Derbyshire.’

 

* Arts Derbyshire
VISITS (to Website)274
VIEWS (of this Record)521

'A Registered Charity committed to leading, promoting and supporting the arts in Rutland. It consists of a small volunteer committee that aims to be representative of the county’s arts organisations and various creative disciplines.'

 

* Arts for Rutland
VISITS (to Website)323
VIEWS (of this Record)464

'A voluntary community organisation promoting and organising arts, culture and entertainment events in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside. The highlight of its year-round programme is the Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, which runs for 10 days, starting on the third Friday of June.'

 

* Arts in Prescot
VISITS (to Website)348
Also indexedPrescot Festival of Music & the Arts
VIEWS (of this Record)438

‘A voluntary organisation which supports all individuals and organisations involved in the arts in Redditch and those who would like to be.’

 

* Arts in Redditch
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)363

‘ANS encourages and helps facilitate collaboration between the arts sector, the voluntary sector, commercial organisations and local government, aiming to increase arts activities within the community ... ANS provides a comprehensive online diary of events and social networking facility, showcasing the breadth of arts activities taking place within the borough ... ANS promotes, organises and supports arts events within the borough'

 

* Arts Network Sutton
VISITS (to Website)252
VIEWS (of this Record)303

‘An independent charity (est.1966) supporting 100+ arts and cultural organisation in and around the borough of Richmond upon Thames.’

 

* Arts Richmond
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)282

'Since its inception, Caithness.Org has grown into a massive resource for information about Caithness. With local news, geography, history and entertainment, Caithness.Org continues to provide thousands of photos from many people, events and places around the county ... Arts.Caithness.Org is similar to the business index except it's for the Arts, covering everything from Painters to Pipe Bands. Also providing Arts news on the site and by RSS newsfeed.'

 

* Arts.Caithness.Org
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)815

‘Formed to encourage and promote the arts in Berkhamsted. It comprises over twenty Arts Organisations based in the local area which promote arts events open to members of the public ... “The Arts Diary” was first published in 1985 to co-ordinate a Spring Arts Festival and has expanded since into its present annual form. While most of the events take place within Berkhamsted, the Diary contains information about events outside Berkhamsted that are arranged by member organisations primarily for Berkhamsted residents. These events are usually events which cannot be held locally because suitable facilities are not available.’

 

* Berkhamsted Arts Trust
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of this Record)281

'Principle role is to support all aspects of the Arts in the Borough. Committee members include representatives from local arts groups plus members and officers from the local council.'

 

* Borough of Reigate and Banstead Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of this Record)280

'Fosters and promotes artistic and cultural activities in the Borough. It acts as a co-ordinating body between the many arts groups in the area and the local authority. Membership represents all branches of the arts: music, drama, visual arts, crafts, heritage, writing and poetry, and a large number of associate members whose individual support is much valued.'

 

* Brentwood Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)243
VIEWS (of this Record)366

'Offers activities and events which are not usually provided by the Borough of Broxbourne's Leisure and Entertainments programme. It also represents the arts interests of individuals and member groups and negotiates with the Borough, so that the arts community may enjoy greater recognition and leisure facilities on a par with the provision for sports.'

 

* Broxbourne Arts Forum
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)376

'An independent umbrella body which receives funding from a number of Patrons, notably Canterbury City Council, and from the affiliation fees of its members ... Its aims are to encourage and assist in presenting public concerts, recitals, dramatic performances, art exhibitions, lectures, arts festivals and other arts events in the Canterbury district.'

 

* Canterbury Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)304
VIEWS (of this Record)410

Aims are 'to promote all aspects of the arts through an annual programme of events at various venues in Carmarthen; to attract members of the general public to these events and increase awareness of the arts in Carmarthen'.

 

* Carmarthen Arts
VISITS (to Website)252
VIEWS (of this Record)476

'An independent community arts and media organisation ... Our work encompasses most art forms including combined arts work and a wide range of approaches from long term community arts projects, performances, outdoor events and publications to web based and video productions, school and community residencies, exhibitions and ongoing groups.'

 

* Charnwood Arts
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)453

'Welcome to the passion to be found in Cheltenham Arts Council's Member Societies – an extraordinary colourful world beyond the office and the home – a kind of life enhancing parallel universe for like minded souls. These Societies are repositories of all that is good about "community": they reveal depth of commitment, sincerity of interest and downright expertise that exists just beneath the surface of Cheltenham’s stoical facades. So, which Society will you join?'

 

* Cheltenham Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)219
VIEWS (of this Record)419

‘The object of COAST is to promote and provide access to the arts in the Cromer and Sheringham areas, celebrating the variety and quality of work produced in the local area and creating a vision to share for the common good – giving local communities and visitors the opportunity to experience local, regional and national creativity ... It took 6 years of successful October festivals to evolve from the Cromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival to COAST ARTS. More than a festival, more than a week in October, Coast Arts is now visible all year, but still culminates in the traditional half term focus. Not that it’s a change, just a quiet revolution, just adding to the success.’

 

* COAST Arts
VISITS (to Website)75
Also indexedCromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)144

Comar is an exciting arts organisation based in Tobermory, merging the renowned An Tobar arts centre & prolific Mull Theatre. We specialise in visual arts, music, and theatre and are dedicated to making good things happen across art forms on and off our beautiful island home. As well as our producing and commissioning our own work, we host a varied programme of incoming shows - theatre, dance, gigs, comedy film, family shows, community events and more.’

 

* Comar
VISITS (to Website)456
VIEWS (of this Record)1039

'Focuses on engaging those communities or its members who face geographical, physical or other barriers to participating in the cultural life of their area in high quality, stimulating arts and cultural activities. We work across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region and we achieve our mission through regular activities - Creative Arts East Live!, a rural touring scheme for professional live performance events, and Village Screen, a touring cinema scheme for rural communities, alongside a portfolio of projects that involve people in cultural education, that improve health and well-being and that assist in the development of community volunteers.'

 

* Creative Arts East
VISITS (to Website)356
VIEWS (of this Record)209

‘A non profit making charitable organisation, promoting a diverse range of arts activity- visual, musical and cultural on the Black Isle. We have a beautifully restored venue - the Stables - where we host performances, exhibitions, craft fairs, ceilidhs, theatre productions and films. It's a terrific place for a wedding too!’

 

* Cromarty Arts Trust
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)275

'In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture ... Since then, we’ve never been far from the spotlight ... Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council’s cultural service, has continued to build on its world class reputation, using culture as the driving force for the regeneration of the whole city ...'

 

* Culture Liverpool
VISITS (to Website)354
VIEWS (of this Record)397

Culture Vannin has a strong and proud history of supporting and promoting Manx culture through development, education and grant-giving work since we were established as the Manx Heritage Foundation by Act of Tynwald in 1982. Inspired by the Island of Culture celebrations throughout 2014, we adopted the trading name Culture Vannin, reflecting our continued work to promote our culture in inclusive, engaging and creative ways.’ Also access to: manxmusic.com - manx celtic music and dance - ’where you’ll find everything you need to know about the music and dance of the Isle of Man’.

 

* Culture Vannin
VISITS (to Website)66
Also indexedManx Music
VIEWS (of this Record)133

'Set up late in 2010 to help protect and promote arts and culture in the town. It was established as a co-operative in Spring 2011 and members include representatives of arts and community groups.'

 

* Darlington for Culture
VISITS (to Website)358
VIEWS (of this Record)415

‘We aim to foster and promote: * the maintenance, improvement and development of artistic endeavour; * the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts in the London Borough of Ealing. To this end, we assist and encourage the promotion of artistic activities by amateur organisations, individuals and professional groups ... Under the presidency of the Mayor of Ealing, membership is open to organisations within the borough which support the objects of Ealing Arts & Leisure.

 

* Ealing Arts & Leisure
VISITS (to Website)80
VIEWS (of this Record)115

'Supports arts projects in the voluntary sector, with funds mostly provided by East Dunbartonshire Council.'

 

* East Dunbartonshire Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)327

'Founded in 1968, and is an umbrella organisation for all types of art and creativity in the Borough of Gravesham ... Gravesham Arts is run by a happy band of volunteers, who are responsible for the day to day running of St Andrews Arts Centre, a grade II listed building set on the historic riverside of Gravesend ... Gravesham Arts has a programme of events throughout the year including monthly art shows, open days, art competitions, events, concerts and workshops.'

 

* Gravesham Arts
VISITS (to Website)378
Also indexedSt Andrews Arts Centre
VIEWS (of this Record)351

'Partially funded by an annual grant from the Borough, we seek to encourage local groups to hold events and activities which will raise awareness of the Arts and will increase participation in Arts activities by members of our local communities across the borough.'

 

* Havering Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of this Record)350

'Has 50+ member organisations, which means also that hundreds of individuals are associated with its activities ... The Website is one of a number of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only with its members but also with the wider community. It provides an excellent way for societies to publicise their events as well as a diary of proposed events, which has long proved invaluable to those keen to avoid clashes with other events of the same kind or in the same locality.'

 

* Ipswich Arts Association
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)413

‘Provides vital support and advice to individuals and organisations wishing to help advance the arts within the Manx community. The Council aims to increase involvement with the arts, from the youngest in the community to the oldest. We do this through a number of initiatives and funding schemes ... A vibrant arts and cultural scene is not just “nice to have”; it's vital both to our wellbeing and our sense of place. We want the very best for our creative and cultural communities. We want to support people to take part in whichever way is best for them. We want to make sure arts and culture belong to everyone.’

 

* Isle of Man Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)253
VIEWS (of this Record)132

'Aims to represent, publicise and enhance the activities of the voluntary and professional arts sector in the Borough and to present, with our partners, high-profile arts activities. We also run networking events for affiliates and the local arts community.'

 

* Kingston Arts
VISITS (to Website)201
VIEWS (of this Record)362

‘Has been set up to programme great quality arts events and family activities across existing venues in the town. Working with partners such as Eden Arts and Highlights Rural Touring, we want to bring more great theatre, cinema, craft and music to our corner of Cumbria.’

 

* Kirkby Stephen Community Arts
VISITS (to Website)125
VIEWS (of this Record)417

‘The aim of the Arts Forum is to promote and increase participation in arts activities by local people and to enhance the image of the area through the arts. The Forum supports existing arts organisations and encourages local people to be more aware of the opportunities to participate in arts related activities. The Forum distributes annual grants on behalf of Leighton–Linslade Town Council to arts groups in the town ... The Forum also prepares leaflets of members’ events, and maintains an on-line diary of arts events planned for Leighton Buzzard and the surrpounding areas of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.’

 

* Leighton-Linslade Arts Forum
VISITS (to Website)67
VIEWS (of this Record)131

'Independent charitable organisation ... that has promoted music concerts, festivals and other events in Lichfield since 1974. The organisation plays a key role in Lichfield district’s thriving arts and creative community and has around 300 members including 125 registered volunteers.'

 

* Lichfield Arts
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)432

'Umbrella organization representing more than fifty arts-based community groups that operate in the Maidenhead area.'

 

* Maidenhead and District Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)224
VIEWS (of this Record)410

Orkney Arts Forum supports the development of arts and culture within Orkney. The forum consists of representatives from artforms including music, visual arts, literature, drama, dance, storytelling, craft, architecture and new media, and film as well as key organisations and community groups. The forum meets quarterly to discuss the priorities for the arts in Orkney and acts as a consultation group for the arts development service within Orkney Islands Council.’

 

* Orkney Arts Forum
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of this Record)199

‘OxOnArts is provided by the Arts Officers from all the local authorities in Oxfordshire. It is free to use.’ The Oxfordshire Arts Partnership encompasses six Authorities: Cherwell District Council | Oxford City Council | Oxfordshire County Council | South Oxfordshire District Council | Vale of the White Horse District Council | West Oxfordshire District Council.

 

* OxOnArts
VISITS (to Website)65
Also indexedOxfordshire Arts Partnership
VIEWS (of this Record)162

‘Our main activities are: Compiling, printing and distributing Preston Arts News three times a year. Organizing and producing the annual Preston Arts Festival. Providing a forum for discussion and arts development.’

 

* Preston Arts Association
VISITS (to Website)140
Also indexedPreston Arts Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)238

'Ribble Valley is a rural haven within Lancashire that is home to a wide variety of Arts. It’s stunning scenery, bustling market towns and quaint villages set the scene as an inspirational landscape and community for creative people to thrive ... Throughout the year Ribble Valley has a whole host of things to do and see, theatre, music, exhibitions, festivals ... Whether you live locally or are visiting for a day there are always venues providing a regular programme of arts to enjoy and to inspire: discover the art venues to explore ...'

 

* Ribble Valley Arts
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)369

‘An umbrella organisation which coordinates, encourages, and promotes artistic enterprises of all kinds in the Saffron Walden area. We provide practical support to local artists and performers to help them display their talents, with initiatives such as music festivals, open studio events, and craft fairs.’

 

* Saffron Walden Arts Trust
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)180

‘Supports the work of the local cultural sector by creating a space for networking, sharing concerns, ideas and resources and finding solutions to common problems.  It is a champion not just for the cultural sector but also for culture’s role in the economy, environment, education, health and the quality of life that is so important to the Scottish Borders. The Cultural Forum is concerned principally with the arts, heritage, museums, libraries, creative industries, traditional culture and festivals, though this list is not exclusive.’

 

* Scottish Borders Cultural Forum
VISITS (to Website)53
VIEWS (of this Record)91

‘An invaluable forum for networking ... Funded by Sevenoaks District Council, exists to support, encourage and promote all forms of artistic endeavour within Sevenoaks District. Any amateur arts organisation within the district is entitled to membership, and therefore entitled to apply for financial help for a specific production or event. This can be in the form of a grant or under-writing ... SDAC sends out a four-monthly newsletter to all members in which they can promote their activities and help with any production problems that may arise, for example loans of equipment between groups.’

 

* Sevenoaks District Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)95
VIEWS (of this Record)173

'Founded in 2006. It brought together the work of two organisations (Shetland Arts Trust and the Islesburgh Trust) whose collective histories provide Shetland Arts with a local, national and international reputation for arts development and delivery, built over 20 years of work and innovation. Today, the purpose of SADA is to place the Arts at the heart of Shetland, to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the Arts by all ... Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.'

 

* Shetland Arts
VISITS (to Website)163
Also indexedMareel
VIEWS (of this Record)375

'SAA-uk is an innovative organisation on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and Artists.'

 

* South Asian Arts
VISITS (to Website)420
VIEWS (of this Record)331

Objectives are: Promote the appreciation of the Arts; Encourage the foundation of new and assist in the development of established charitable societies, clubs and other organisations within Southend On Sea; To act as a co-ordinating body for such organisations; To act as a link between them and Southend Borough Council.

 

* Southend on Sea Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)1770

'On this Website you will find information about the role we play within Stafford Borough’s arts scene and how you can get involved. We have information about the services we offer our members if you’re starting up an amateur arts group or if you’d like to find out about the activities and events of our member societies.'

 

* Stafford District Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)321

'Founded in the 1950's to encourage, to sustain and to co-ordinate the artistic endevours of the people of Stevenage. The Arts Guild has a wide range of members -from the performing arts, choirs and orchestras to floral arts, photographic societies and locomotive societies. This web site aims to provide information on the services that the Arts Guild provides and listings of events and contact details for the various groups.'

 

* Stevenage Arts Guild
VISITS (to Website)138
VIEWS (of this Record)354

Tamworth Arts & Events is a creative hub for Tamworth and the wider region. Showcasing exciting and immersive arts activities and events both outdoors and in venue.’

 

* Tamworth Arts & Events
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of this Record)234

‘Reprsents the collective interests of community arts groups and organisations in and around the area. TAPA is a member of Arts Taunton and liaises with Taunton Deane Borough Council on behalf of its membership.’

 

* Taunton Association of Performing Arts
VISITS (to Website)235
VIEWS (of this Record)403

‘An independent charity which supports arts and culture in our local communities ... Our Mission is to inspire creative development in the Test Valley: * By attracting national recognition for the arts in the area; * By generating opportunities for community participation, especially among young people; * By working in partnership to extend our reach and increase our impact.’

 

* Test Valley Arts Foundation
VISITS (to Website)41
VIEWS (of this Record)128

'We are funded by Worcester City Council and our remit is to "promote the arts in Worcester". The benefits of being a member of Worcester Arts Council include: Promotion of your activities; Help and advice; Grants for projects and events; Networking Opportunities.'

 

* Worcester Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of this Record)271

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