Kate Osborn, co-ordinator, Creative 8
Why did you apply to the Arts Council?
Creative 8 is an initiative enabling craftspeople in London to develop work and curate exhibitions. The project runs for two years and will include eight exhibitions, each supported by a training programme.
The Arts Council England's Grants for Arts was the obvious body to ask because the project matched three of its objectives: supporting excellence, new ideas and activity to help build long-term stability in arts organisations; investing in artists' creative talent; and boosting resources for the arts.
What did the application process involve?
We had a short discussion with an officer from the Arts Council before developing our proposal. The application took six months to develop alongside our existing work, and we sought advice from an external consultant. The application included a completed application form, project budget and written proposal of about 3,000 words. It was approved with a slightly reduced grant in May. A condition of the grant is that we raise partnership funding.
Is part of the money for infrastructure or training?
The grant covers solely the Creative 8 project costs. This new initiative is being run in addition to the association's existing provision for craftspeople.
Did you apply to other funders?
As yet we haven't approached other funders for this project, but we are now focused on finding partnership funds.
Why we gave the grant
Arts Council England
We are pleased to support the Clerkenwell Green Association, which is carrying out valuable work in the training and mentoring of contemporary craftspeople.
Investment in the Creative 8 programme contributes to our aim of reaching innovative contemporary craftspeople and practitioners through our funding scheme, Grants for Arts. The Creative 8 programme was developed out of a pilot project that produced high-quality results. We look forward to seeing the outcome of this innovative model, which provides professional development and the opportunity to give a platform to newly commissioned work.