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What is BasildON Creative People and Places?

BasildON Creative People and Places is a 4 year programme of creative activities driven by local people. Led by and delivered for local residents, the programme seeks to challenge traditional notions of ‘art and culture’ – who makes it, where it is made and who it is for. We believe that art is for everyone. 

Where do you work?

We work throughout Basildon Borough. BasildON Creative People and Places is particularly focused on areas of low engagement, these include the postcodes SS16 4, SS13 3, SS14 3, SS14 1, SS13 1, SS15 5, SS14 2, SS15 6, SS13 2.

Who do you work with?

We work with everyone! Whether you’re a local resident or business, whether you’re an individual or group, whether you’re from the third, public, private sector please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

How are you funded?

BasildON Creative People and Places was granted £1,289,002.00 by the Arts Council England in August 2019 thanks to The National Lottery players as part of their national Creative People and Places programme.

How long does the programme run for?

BasildON Creative People and Places programme is funded from November 2019 – October 2023. 

How is BasildON Creative People and Places managed?

BasildON Creative People and Places is managed by a delivery team including a Programme Director, Programme Manager and Sustainability Manager. The delivery team are overseen by the Lead Applicant, Things Made Public CIC. You can meet the team here.

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Can I read the BasildON Creative People and Places business plan?

Of course you can! Please click here to download a copy. If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here.

Why Basildon?

The national Creative People and Places programme is aimed at places in parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. Eligibility is based on the bottom 33% of places according to the Active Lives Survey (November 2015 to May 2017). Basildon is 11th in the country when it comes to the lowest participation in the arts.

Are there are other Creative People and Places programmes?

Yes, there are currently 30 independent programme across England. From Basildon to Barrow-in-Furness to Black Country there is plenty going on. To find out more about them head over to

How do you commission work

Work is commissioned by local people through the Community Voices network. Community Voice members form Creative Pioneer Panels to discuss and select creative projects based on the needs and desires of the Basildon community.

What is a Community Voice?

Community Voices are local people who want to be involved in BasildON Creative People and Places! Whether that is hearing about what is happening, helping to make it happen or helping choose what happens, our Community Voices ARE BasildON Creative People and Places.

How to I sign up to become a Community Voice?

Signing up to be a Community Voice is easy, just head over here.

Can I be a Community Voice and apply for creative opportunities?

Of course you can! However, if you have applied for a certain opportunity you won’t be able to be part of deciding whether your application was successful or not.

What is BasildON Consortium?

BasildON Consortium is a group of organisations and businesses with a vested interest in the Borough. BasildON Consortium is made up of representatives from the third, public and private sector. BasildON Consortium supports the strategic direction, commissioning and delivery of the BasildON Creative People and Places programme. 

Can I be part of BasildON Consortium?

If you are an organisation or business with a vested interest in Basildon Borough and would be interested in being part of the BasildON Consortium please do not hesitate to contact the team directly for more details.

What is a Creative Pioneer Panel?

Creative Pioneer Panels help to choose what cultural activity is delivered in Basildon. They are made up of both Community Voices and BasildON Consortium members.

How can I be part of a Creative Pioneer Panel?

If you would like to be part of commissioning creative work for the Borough it’s easy! All you need to do is sign up to be a Community Voice and you will be told when a Creative Pioneer Panel is being formed and you can request to be part of it. 

How are Creative Pioneer Panels selected?

Everyone who wants to be a Creative Pioneer will get the chance to be on a panel at some point during the course of the BasildON Creative People and Places programme. The first panel will be selected at an online event where everyone who has registered an interest will take part in a workshop to collectively decide the criteria for a fair, balanced, representative panel. A selection process for future panels will subsequently be developed with the BasildON Steering Group.  

Do I have to know about art to be on a Creative Pioneer Panel?

No, we want people to bring the broad range of their life experience, their knowledge of Basildon and their own values to help select the right project ideas for Basildon.

Can I sponsor BasildON Creative People and Places?

We’re always looking to form genuine partnerships with the commercial sector. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to sponsor our programme or partner in any way with the BasildON Creative People and Places programme.

I’ve got an idea that I would like Basildon Creative People and Places to support, what do I do?

We are interested in everyones ideas! If you have an idea that you would like supported by the BasildON Creative People and Places programme please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

I am a local artist, how can BasildON CPP help me?

As a local artist the local knowledge, creativity and relationships you can bring to the Basildon are invaluable. Please get in touch with us so we can talk to you about commissioning and learning opportunities that are available across the programme, and help you to access these. You can also sign up as a Community Voice and a Creative Pioneer panelist to bring your creative knowledge to the decision-making process of BasildON CPP.

How will BasildON Creative People and Places be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? 

BasildON Creative People and Places will continue deliver projects regardless of any changes in restrictions that occur as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, even if those changes require us to adapt the format of individual projects. All activities will prioritise the collective and individual safety of participants while ensuring access to creative activities and experiences continue through these challenging times.

How do I find out more?

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