Arun Inspires

A 3-year cultural development programme focussed on children and young people in the District of Arun which includes the towns of Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Arundel.

Arun Inspires aims to advance the cultural offer for Arun’s children and young people, developing progressive and meaningful new creative opportunities for, with and by children, and working in partnership with the cultural, education, youth and community sectors to ensure long-term sustainable impact.

The programme blends:  

  • direct investment;
  • partnership working;
  • strategic oversight; and
  • infrastructure support for organisations delivering locally.

The programme’s key priorities are to:

  • build the potential and aspiration of Arun’s young people through meaningful artistic engagement;
  • 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.

Current Projects

Making It Better

A web toolkit for planning children & young people’s arts mental health projects

Over the last 30 years, there has been growing recognition for the impact arts and cultural projects can have on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Yet there is often a skills and experience gap between artists’ and organisations’ confidence in the impacts of their work and their ability to evidence this effectively to funders and partners.

We have developed our online Making It Better Toolkit to support all those planning and delivering creative projects for children and young people with mental health and wellbeing outcomes by addressing that gap. By focusing on data, where it can be sourced, how you collect and use it, the Toolkit is designed to provide a wealth of insight that can be adapted to the needs and focus of many creative projects, especially those in Arun.

Explore the toolkit here

About Arun

Arun is a largely coastal district in West Sussex, to the West of Adur & Worthing and East of Chichester. Many wards in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are classed within the highest 20% of the Indices of Deprivation (with three wards in the highest 10% nationally). There are no Arts Council Portfolio Organisations in the District, although there are a wealth of small cultural enterprises and a growing digital sector. The University of Chichester has recently opened a campus in Bognor Regis. The Coast2Capital LEP recognise the Coastal strip, which includes both Littlehampton and Bognor Regis, as being at greater risk of long term impacts from Covid due to their reliance on the tourism and hospitality sectors, which disproportionately employ younger people (source: West Sussex Skills & Employment Report 2021).

Artswork is also supporting the work of a new Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) in West Sussex, whose activity will include a focus on the District of Arun. For further info see here.

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