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JOIN the RURAL CREATIVE CHALLENGE and get access to funding from Creative UK

What is the Rural Creative Challenge?

We are inviting North of Tyne creatives to take part in this programme of support to develop projects against 7 key themes of interest. We, the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project and Creative Fuse, have identified key themes through working with rurally based creative practitioners and listening to their thoughts on current opportunities.

We have joined up with Creative UK who have grant funding available which enables those who take part in this programme to apply for a share of £20,000 to bring their project to life. If enough quality applications are received the pot can be expanded to £40,000, enabling more projects to be developed via grants.



Programme Overview Workshop 1 - Thursday 12th January - 10:00 - 14:30 - The Rivergreen Centre, NE61 6BL Theme exploration, ideation and concept development. Workshop 2 - Thursday 19th January - 10:00 - 14:30 - The Rivergreen Centre, NE61 6BL Building a business model around the concept, piloting ideas and funding. Workshop 3 - Thursday 9th February - 10:00 - 13:00 - The Rivergreen Centre, NE61 6BL Pitching and feedback Applications - Thursday 23rd February - Online Final application deadline. What are the project themes?

Applications for grant funding will be welcome from North of Tyne creatives who have taken part in the programme and who have developed projects which align with one of the following themes:

1. Rural Creativity : Urban Consumption - Exploring how to build links between works produced rurally, and how to raise awareness of them in urban areas. 2. Collective Platforms for Creative and Cultural Products - Developing live/workspaces, online directories and retail environments. 3. Culture, Creativity and Tourism - Finding ways to enhance touristic experiences of the countryside with culture and creativity. 4. Innovation for Rural Creativity - Developing current practice and production or distribution processes for sustainability by innovative use of new techniques and/or materials. 5. Place-making : Regeneration - Working on the regeneration of physical spaces or developing and improving the profile of rural places via greater production of local/hyper local content. 6. Creative Sustainability - Projects which address the creative “brain drain” away from rural locations and which aim to upskill rurally located individuals. 7. Wellbeing and Creativity - Projects which enable engagement with new customer bases by using arts to support wellbeing. This may include ideas which link to social prescribing (local, non clinical services which support health and/or wellbeing). Eligibility To take part in the programme you must:

  • Be an SME based or operating in the North of Tyne area (Northumberland, North Tyneside & Newcastle). Freelancers are welcome.

  • Be working in the creative and cultural sector, or have a project in mind which has creativity as a main thread.

  • Be able to attend all workshop sessions before submitting your funding application.

Find Out More If you would like to watch the online launch session of this programme to find out more please follow the Zoom link and enter the password below.

Password: M1CF629!

If you still have questions please contact amelia.reeves@ruraldesigncentre.com


Register here; Event brite link The workshops are fully funded but spaces are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Please be aware that your details will be shared within the project partners, of Rural Design Centre Innovation Project, Creative Fuse UK and Creative UK.

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