Arts development

Newark and Sherwood has many creative groups and organisations and a variety of arts venues.

Our arts development officer supports local individuals and groups in developing sustainable and high quality arts activities and initiatives.

With our partners we can provide support, advice and grant funding for a variety of arts initiatives.

We can also help promote the many opportunities available for everyone to take part in arts and cultural activities across the district.

We are keen to help with projects including:

  • drawing and painting
  • arts and crafts
  • music
  • drama and theatre
  • dance
  • film and photography
  • graffiti art 

Find an art group or activity near you in our arts directory.

Groups that we currently work with include:

  • art groups
  • men in sheds
  • dementia care groups
  • village halls and community centres
  • children and play groups
  • arts festivals
  • choirs and theatre groups
  • local charities and volunteer groups
  • knitting and sewing groups
  • parish councils and libraries
  • environmental groups

Please don't hesitate to contact us with your arts idea on or 01636 650000.

Support with event promotion

If you’re an arts professional, community group, local individual or arts organisation within the district, we may be able to help with promoting your events.

Please send details of your event to our communications team and we’ll add the event details to our website events listings and social media accounts.

Arts funding

Got a great idea for an arts project within Newark and Sherwood? We may be able to help you.

The Council offers small grants and funding as well as networking advice and promotional support for events.

We have a small grants fund that not-for-profit organisations, voluntary groups and charities can apply to, to support the development of arts and culture within the district. To qualify you need to be a constituted group with a bank account. Visit our community project funding page for more details of how to apply for up to £1,500.

Arts Council England

The Arts Council funds arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

Grants for the arts is an open-application funding programme.

Get further information regarding funding for the arts on the Arts Council website.

The Wolfit Endowment Fund

The Wolfit Endowment Fund exists in memory of Sir Donald Wolfit, the last of the Great Actor-Managers.
The object of the fund is to give grants of money or materials to Students of Drama who have gained admission to an accredited Drama School or course at a University and who are resident in Newark or Balderton, Nottinghamshire, and/or were educated at secondary schools in Newark or Balderton.

Nottinghamshire County Council

Contact your local county councillor to find out more about how they might be able to support you.