Support for the Arts and Heritage in East Sussex takes centre stage. 

Arts and heritage organisations have been feeling the benefits of advice and support from East Sussex County Council.

I am Sam - a play produced in partnership with CAMHS, working with young people with Mental Health Issues, and performed to students in East Sussex Secondary Schools.

I am Sam – a play produced in partnership with CAMHS, working with young people with Mental Health Issues, and performed to students in East Sussex Secondary Schools.


Theatre groups, galleries and community arts and heritage projects have been boosted by the support provided by the Council’s dedicated Cultural Strategy Manager, Sally Staples, and by small grants from the East Sussex Arts Partnership.

 The support has allowed more people – including school and college students – to access the arts right across the county.

One such project to benefit is The Company, a charity based in East Chiltington, near Lewes, which delivers accessible theatre in the community all over East Sussex.

The Company has joined up to a free mailing list which provides opportunities for people who are working in the arts and heritage to help support them.  The Company was able to access training opportunities which they found out about via the mailing list.  They have also received an East Sussex Arts Partnership grant to help support an immersive site-specific theatre project commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. The project, which saw audience members taking on the role of Simon de Montfort’s army, also included workshops with local schools.

Stephen Israel, Joint Artistic Director, said: “It’s really important for organisations like ours to be able to access this kind of support and advice – it would be very hard for us to do what we do without it.

“Having access to dedicated support from the council and the East Sussex Arts Partnership is really beneficial – they’re very supportive and do a brilliant job of putting people in touch with each other and making us aware of a huge amount of funding and training opportunities.”

Montfort’s March - which saw audience members take on the role of Simon de Montfort’s army.

Montfort’s March – which saw audience members take on the role of Simon de Montfort’s army.

Other projects which have received funding include Coastal Currents, a visual arts festival in Hastings and Rother; and Journeys Dance Festival, which features free and fun outdoor dance performances.

These projects all contribute to the rich offering of cultural and artistic events taking place across East Sussex, and it’s a creative community the Council are keen to expand.

 Rupert Simmons, County Council Lead Member for Economy, said: “We greatly value the wide range of arts and heritage activity in the county – our economy thrives on our cultural attractions.

 “I would encourage any arts or cultural organisation in the county to sign up for our free mailing list and receive information on the wide range of support which may benefit them.”

The mailing list allows recipients to access regular updates throughout the year about forthcoming funding and training opportunities. To sign up, simply email arts.officer@eastsussex.gov.uk

Find out more about the council’s work to support the arts and heritage sector.