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Arts in Crawley receive £30,000 boost

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The Crawley Cultural Fund at Sussex Community Foundation has made its second round of grants to six cultural and arts organisations working in Crawley, totalling just under £30,000.

They are:

Project Amount
WordfestCrawley, an annual festival of literature and language, received a grant to widen the reach of next year’s festival by encouraging more venues and groups to stage events. £4,150
Brighton Marina Studios Foundation will be bringing their YES (Youth Empowered by StreetDance) dance project to partner schools and community groups in Crawley. £6,160
Crawley Festival received funding towards a micro-festival of cultural activity to remember, celebrate and explore the resilience of residents during lockdown 2020. £5,000
Culture Shift will partner students from Crawley College with local creative practitioners to produce five short films, and organise three mini career events via an online Creative Cafe. £4,910
Following feedback from young people, Crawley Community Youth Service will create a series of short films documenting the impact of the pandemic on different club members. The films will be displayed as part of Crawley’s 2021 festival £5,000
In partnership with local schools, Ensemble Reza will develop a new programme of community music and education work in Crawley £4,730

Sussex Community Foundation launched the Crawley Cultural Fund in 2019, in partnership with Arts Council England, as a pilot project to increase arts activity and community engagement in the arts for people in Crawley. Late last year, following the success of the pilot programme, Gatwick Airport committed a substantial £25,000 donation to support this year’s awards.

“We are delighted to be able to make these grants, especially at a time when the pandemic has had such a profound effect on both communities in Crawley and people working in the arts” said Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation.

“These awards demonstrate that, even in difficult times, arts and culture can help to bring people together, provide new skills and employment opportunities and support people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Once again we received more applications than we were able to fund, and we very much hope the Crawley Cultural Fund can continue next year.”

Melanie Wrightson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport, said:

“As the home of Gatwick Airport, Crawley has a special role in the running of the airport with over a third of Gatwick staff living in the Crawley and Horley area. We were therefore delighted to support the Crawley Cultural Fund with our donation in 2019 and it’s wonderful to see these quality projects supported in 2020. The Crawley Cultural Fund improves prospects for the communities it supports and this will be vital as the town responds to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Jayne Tyler, Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, said:

“Arts Council England is really pleased with the range and variety of projects supported in this round of the Crawley Cultural Fund. It is great to see so many exciting and meaningful cultural projects coming from Crawley in the current landscape and we hope that this will go on to encourage and support further opportunities around arts and culture in the town.”

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Delays possible as road works to last till June at Calvert Link, off the Kilnwood Vale Roundabout

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Crest Nicholson will begin road improvement works on Calvert Link, off the Kilnwood Vale Roundabout on Crawley Road, on the 11th of March 2021.

As part of these works, a new roundabout will be installed, and new road built to the west of the roundabout to cater for an anticipated increase in traffic flow due to the next phase of the residential development of Kilnwood Vale.

A change in traffic management is scheduled for the night of the 10th March 2021 and works are expected to be completed by 12th June 2021. During this time, Calvert Link will remain as a one lane access with use of vehicles via a traffic light system.

The improvements will continue to be fully funded by Crest Nicholson, in association with its nearby Kilnwood Vale development in Faygate.

Progress made in the area so far includes highway improvement works at the Cheals Roundabout, new draining to improve overall road conditions, a new footpath on Horsham Road to ease pedestrian access and bases for the new road lanes added to the approach and exit points via Horsham.

Crest Nicholson has put measures in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and access to surrounding properties, businesses and areas will be maintained at all times.

Should there be a need to contact the team, the contact number for the contractor carrying out the works is 01202 653570

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