The Creative Newhaven Working Group

Welcome to the Creative Newhaven Working Group page. Here, you will find information about the group and how we are supporting creativity in Newhaven.

Latest News: Tuesday 26 April 2022
This spring sees the launch of a new cultural programme for Newhaven, and the opportunity to produce creative, arts, or entertainment events in a new outdoor event space on Newhaven’s east quay. £5,000 is available to the winner of the BN9 Competition, which is open to event organisers who are in a position to stage their event this August. A shortlist of ideas will be put to a public vote for Newhaven residents, and the winning entry will receive £5,000 towards their running costs, plus support with marketing, logistics, PR and production.

Full details can be found in the Entry pack for event organisers.

Apply now using this form. Deadline is Wednesday 25 May, 5pm.

The Grassroots Awards
We’re excited to announce the six winners of the inaugural Newhaven Grassroots Awards, who will share £15,000 to produce events this Summer. These six Newhaven based projects will form part of the BN9 Cultural Programme. Get to know the winners:

The Living Coast Undersea Experience (@kpprojectsCIC) will be bringing a unique interactive virtual reality experience and 360-degree film of Newhaven’s Beachy Head Marine Conservation Zone’s underwater world, which is home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plants & animal life.

Photo Fringe (@photofringe) invites local residents to reimagine Newhaven and explore personal hopes and dreams. Using  photography, archive material and their own stories, local participants will create photomontage artworks to be shown as a town-centre exhibition during the tenth Photo Fringe festival in October.

Newhaven Youth Club (@newhaven_youth_centre) will be producing an immersive youth-led fashion-show, incorporating music, dance, performance and costumes exploring themes of ‘identity’. This showcase will provide young people the opportunity express creative ideas and interests and develop their skills and confidence.

KDE Dance (@katiedaleeverettdance) will be using the funding to develop P.L.A.Y, new work which responds to the mental health crisis, growing popularity of interactive media and isolation many felt during the pandemic and explores how motion capture and dance can open people up to play and exploration.

Hospitable Environment (@hositable_environment) are refurbishing their community bread oven and will be bringing it to the Hillcrest Community Centre and to help build a social space for Newhaveners which will positively benefit community wellbeing. They aim to use the oven to make food with the community at our events such as Soup and Social.

Creative Force (@creativeforceuk) and Inroads will be bringing to Newhaven a pilot intergenerational project called, BOOM TEEN, this August. Boom Teen will bring together Generation Z and Baby Boomers to share their experiences of being a teenager in Newhaven at very different times, through storytelling, music and dance.

The Creative Workspaces Survey
Between December 2021 and January 2022 the Enterprise Zone shared a survey asking questions about demand for creative workspace in Newhaven. There were 66 respondents to the survey questions and you can read the report on their feedback here. Read the Creative Workspaces Survey report

Catch up on the latest from the group’s meetings

CNWG October meeting minutes
CNWG November meeting minutes
CNWG December 2021 meeting minutes
January 2022 meeting minutes
February 2022 meeting minutes
March 2022 meeting minutes

2022 CNWG meeting dates:

Thursday 19th May
Thursday 21st July
Thursday 15th September
Thursday 17th November

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