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Norfolk Arts Forum

The Norfolk Arts Forum is a free cross-sectoral membership organisation with more than 900 members and an annually elected Executive Committee, managed and promoted by the Norfolk Arts Service.

Membership includes representatives from a wide range of arts and other organisations including: statutory and voluntary sector partners, regional organisations, local businesses, voluntary and community groups and individual practitioners.

The Norfolk Arts Forum Executive Committee is accountable to the Arts Forum conference.

The Norfolk Arts Forum:

  • Promotes greater interest in and access to arts related issues and information
  • Aids communication between arts practitioners, arts organisations, non-arts organisations, local government and regional and national bodies
  • Promotes the role of the arts in the cultural, social, educational, environmental and economic life of the county

The Norfolk Arts Forum is free to join and as a member you receive regular information, via weekly email bulletins, on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

We also have a Facebook page and Twitter account for members to promote their events and activities.

Become a member of the Norfolk Arts Forum

The Arts in Norfolk: An Overview 2019-20

Norfolk Arts Service leads the strategic development of the arts sector in Norfolk as well as leading and co-leading on major regional culture-led economic growth initiatives. Our latest report outlines the strategic context in which the service operates and provides an overview of another outstanding year of achievements for the sector.

The report advocates for the role, value and contribution of the arts in Norfolk and illustrates the significant economic, social and health-related impacts achieved by sustained Norfolk County Council investment. In the wake of the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 on all our lives, the enormous contribution of the arts has never been more important.

Download the 2019-20 report

Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week 18-24 May 2020

Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020 was planned for 18-24 May. We were delighted with the response from organisations and individuals across the county who contributed over 100 events covering a broad spectrum of arts, health and wellbeing activities.

Unfortunately, Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week had to be cancelled as a result of COVID-19, but we are pleased to let you know that the London Arts and Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance have agreed that the week will still go ahead as an online celebration of creativity and wellbeing.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week Reimagined will take place from 18-24 May and will keep its core identity as a festival, celebrating the ground-breaking work happening around the country and bringing together culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. You can participate through the website by telling them about yourselves, revealing your ‘offline’ work and sharing any online events you have planned. Please can anyone promoting events tag @CreativeNorfolk and hashtag #NCWW2020Reimagined

Visit the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance website for further information.

Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019

Over 30 organisations and artists generously collaborated with Norfolk Arts Service to make this week-long celebration across Norfolk a success. The programme helped to showcase the many ways in which creativity impacts positively on our health and wellbeing, not just during this celebratory week, but all year round.

Our inaugural programme featured over 75 events including: open days, craft and print-making taster sessions, film and theatre performances, singing workshops, stitching and writing for wellbeing, exhibitions, talks, professional development sessions and more.

The week was part of our ongoing work to encourage and support greater strategic collaboration between our arts, culture, heritage and health partners. It was also part of a series of national events promoted by London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Download the 2019 programme


StartEast, our bespoke business development programme for creative enterprise across Norfolk and Suffolk concluded on 30 September 2019.

This ground-breaking economic development initiative was managed by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Suffolk County Council and on behalf of the New Anglia Culture Board. Delivered by the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and launched in May 2017, the programme was made possible by over £1.2 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (£609,773) and Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Fund (£500k).

StartEast provided expert business support and investment to over 360 small/medium creative enterprises, start-ups, pre-start-ups and sole traders across our region. As hoped, StartEast has enabled a significant change in the capacity, ambition, impact and economic contribution of our regional creative enterprise sector. The programme evaluation, undertaken by BOP Consultancy, outlines the key outcomes of the programme.

Visit the StartEast website for information and resources for creative enterprises.

Download the StartEast evaluation report

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