Creativity and creative activities have always existed in Crawley.
Creative Crawley is a group of people and organisations working together to support, produce and present high quality arts and cultural activity in Crawley, West Sussex.
Following a public consultation by Crawley Borough Council in 2019 led by our then Creative Caretaker, Louise Blackwell, a group of local arts, community and business leaders mobilised and raised some money to build new partnerships and produce a festival which happened in January 2021.
As a result of that work, we have proved the need for a new organisation to exist in the town to connect creative people, develop audiences and enable creative activities to take place in the town on a regular basis and in August 2021 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
‘The Team’ listed in our ‘About’ section as Trustees are the group of people that will lead the charity and represent a range of different sectors, skills and knowledge. They are high quality leaders in their fields of business, education, community, youth, arts and culture (both professional and voluntary sectors) and will ensure the highest quality creative work is able to exist and connect with people in Crawley.
Those listed as Trustees and the Advisory group volunteer their time support the work of Creative Crawley. Louise was paid on a project basis to produce the Right Here Festival thanks to funding from Arts Council England. Louise is now the Creative Director of Creative Crawley and is paid for two days a week to deliver deliver a programme of work in the town centre in partnership with Crawley Town Centre BID.
Our aim is to produce a year round programme of creative activities that takes place in many spaces and places across the town and involves local, regional, national and international artists working in both the professional and voluntary industries for the benefit of the public.