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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. 

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.

There are currently 30 independent CPP programmes 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

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.

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.

How do you commission projects?

Projects is commissioned in partnership with local people through the Community Voices network and Creative Pioneers. For projects that target specific communities we will also involve them in the decision making process.

Can I be a Creative Pioneer 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. 

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.

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 or Creative Pioneer 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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