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Our mission is simple; to unleash the creative spirit that runs through the veins of our community and provide more opportunities for local people to commission, create and participate in cultural activity in Basildon. 

Most importantly, BasildON Creative People & Places is all about YOU driving and deciding what cultural activity YOU want to see on your doorstep.

Together, we can uplift the town centre with bright and beautiful murals. We can turn our public squares into dance floors. We can even transform vacant shops into music hubs…

Nothing is impossible, if we all work together! 

We have three years and £1.7million to make this happen, so let’s get cracking!

There are five core projects that sit within the BasildON Creative People & Places Programme, which you can read about here. We hope that you find them as exciting as we do!

However, what is even more important is that YOU can have a genuine say in what these projects look like. Join our mailing list or check out the latest opportunities for you to get involved as an artist, volunteer or resident.

Meet Our Team

Rachel Brown

Director

Rachel joined the team as Programme Director in January 2024. Prior to joining Creative BasildON she worked at an Artist Studio provider in London running artist support programmes. Before that Rachel had 15 years experience in grant management across arts, communities and charities. Rachel has a BA in Fine Art: Painting and a MA in History of Film and Visual Media.

Victoria Jones

Business Operations Manager

Victoria joined the team as our Business Operations Manager in December 2023 after a varied career in the creative industry and education. She is extremely passionate about everyone being able to enjoy and take part in the arts. Within her role she oversees and manages the effective running of the programme and all the operational processes within it.

Sammy Oxford

Communities Manager (on Mat Leave)

Sammy is responsible for making things happen on the ground, by supporting partners and residents to deliver unique projects for the local community. She’s really passionate about generating civic pride through arts and culture and facilitating community decision making.

hannah@creativebasildon.co.uk

Hannah Stacey

Communities Manager (Maternity Cover)

Living in Basildon, Hannah know how important it is to have creative opportunities locally! Her role is all about listening to you, and making sure our community voice is heard in the design and delivery of exciting projects. She’s passionate about engaging with as many people and groups as possible (usually over a hot chocolate), and listening to the youth voice in the Basildon Borough.

jo@creativebasildon.co.uk

Jo Hartle

Lead Programme Producer

Jo has been working for Creative Basildon for over a year, and as our producer ensures our events are planned thoroughly, safely, and excitingly. She brings inspirational ideas and innovating designs, to have moments of spectacle and engagement to the borough.

emma@creativebasildon.co.uk

Emma Hale

Volunteer Coordinator

Emma was born in Basildon and understand what it means to be a part of its history and its future. She is passionate about arts and the community, her role as the volunteer coordinator is to help create opportunities for people that wish to volunteer in Basildon and surrounding boroughs. Her role is funded by Volunteering Futures which is a national Arts Council England project fund that aims to help people who experience barriers to volunteering to get involved in volunteering opportunities.

Lead Organisation 

Things Made Public CIC is a small but mighty not-for-profit arts organisation formed in 2014, specialising in cultural place making and creative enterprise.

From commissioning street art, to operating cultural venues to delivering meanwhile spaces. We work throughout London and Essex to improve the social and economic landscapes in areas with low engagement in culture.

Creative Basildon Consortium & Friends