Creativity and creative activities have always existed in Crawley.
Creative Crawley is an organisation aiming to develop Crawley’s reputation as a creative place beyond its boundaries.
Following a public consultation by Crawley Borough Council in 2019 led by our Creative Caretaker, Louise Blackwell, a group of local arts, community and business leaders mobilised and raised some money to develop the organisation, build new partnerships and produce a festival which happened in January 2021.
We will produce new creative projects, support local creatives at all stages of their careers to grow and thrive, encourage local people to get involved through seeing and participating, work strategically with key partners to develop the creative infrastructure and celebrate existing creative activity in the town, even if we are not leading it.
We’re currently formalising the company structure and hope to roll out a year round programme of creativity, arts and culture in and for the town as soon as we can. We’ll be testing stuff out in 2021 with a view to launching a new programme in 2022.