Arun Inspires

Transforming local lives through culture

New funding open: Creative Return (Deadline: 8th January 6:00pm)


Arun Inspires is a new 3-year programme to support and develop the arts and cultural offer for children and young people across the District of Arun which includes the towns of Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Arundel.

It aims to achieve significant arts development, supporting new creative and cultural opportunities for, with and by children and young people locally, working in partnership with those in the creative, cultural, education, youth and community sectors to ensure long-term sustainable impact.

The key priorities of the Arun inspires programme are to:

  • build young people’s potential and aspiration through the arts
  • innovate through the arts in Arun
  • support regeneration and increased pride of place
  • network and upskill local organisations and freelancers
  • improve connections between schools and local arts organisations

Image Credit: Murray Freestone, March 2020


In Year 1 of this work the programme has included:

  • Creative Careers EXPOs in two secondary schools (The Littlehampton Academy and The Regis School) which took place in February and March 2020. These vibrant, hands-on events combined creative industry workshops with a creative cafe event run in partnership with Cultureshift, introducing the work of 12-15 organisations who value creativity in their workplace. More than 600 Year 9 pupils took part, with 93% of those evaluated saying they were more aware of jobs available in the creative sector as a result of the event and 75% saying they better understood how to reach their creative career goals. Download a full report on these events here.
  • A STEAM themed public art commission, working with Arun District Council to explore ways of integrating local young people’s voices into public art commissioning. A pilot scheme is being run at Angmering secondary school where pupils are working with commissioned artist Tim Ward and engineers from local company SI Protech to develop designs for a new piece of public art for Angmering village, inspired by the intersection of STEM subjects and the arts. To learn more about STEAM download our resource here.
  • Development of a young people’s mental health social prescribing pilot project. Four youth groups serving deprived communities in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton have been commissioned to run new projects designed to evidence the impact of creative and physical activity on emotional wellbeing outcomes for children and young people, jointly commissioned with Active Sussex. Project activity has been delayed in starting until Autumn 2020 due to the impacts of Covid-19.
  • Cultural regeneration projects; working with town councils in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Arundel to explore the ways street-based, family-focused creative activity can stimulate local high street regeneration.
  • Training, networking and mentoring opportunities for local organisations providing services for children and young people to support and develop the quality, confidence and sustainability of their arts offers and outcomes.
  • A programme of work lead by Chichester Festival Theatre for school pupils and vulnerable young people outside education. This work includes an anti-bullying project, ‘Schools Fest’ where a series of workshops and theatre visits were arranged for students to explore aspects of theatre making and productions, and support provision for vulnerable young people including bursary placements for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, creative events and opportunities.

Image Credit: Murray Freestone, March 2020

You can read more about the programme in our Arun Inspires Executive Summary (PDF). Please check back here for updates or sign up to our South East Bridge newsletter for the latest updates from the region.

Arun Inspires is led by Artswork, working in partnership with Arun District Council. Its core ambitions, in line with the charity’s work nationally, are to increase the range and quality of arts provision in the District to support transforming the lives of local children and young people through culture.

If you are a local organisation and would like to engage with the project or find out more, please contact Beccy East on

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