Arts and Cultural Fund to support programme in 2023

Sharon Rawlinson's The Art Box

Essex residents will benefit from a range of arts and cultural events, activities and shows this year thanks to our Arts and Cultural Fund.

The fund is now in its second year and continues to support the county’s cultural and creative sector, to help its recovery following the pandemic, and enable more residents to access arts and cultural activities.

Essex residents and visitors can enjoy a range of free and low-cost festivals, events and exhibitions through organisations such as the Essex Book Festival, Thaxted Festival and Harlow Art Trust. There are also schemes delivered by individual artists.

The second round of the Arts and Cultural Fund asked applicants to demonstrate how their projects would engage with communities across the country and benefit Essex residents.

Councillor Graham Butland, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Devolution, the Arts, Heritage and Culture, said: “Art and culture is of vital importance to the county, and I’m pleased that through the ECC Arts and Cultural Fund we are able to support activity across a wide range of artistic, cultural and creative disciplines.

“The fact that we had so many high-quality applications to the fund again this year is testament to the amount of highly skilled and creative art and cultural practitioners we have in Essex.

“Be it from countryside to coast, these Arts and Cultural Fund funded projects will enrich the lives of the county’s residents.”

Find out more about our Arts and Cultural Fund.