What is Durham Creatives?

We support emerging artists and creative practitioners who want to make money from their talents and start or grow businesses.

Since 2012 we have supported the creation of over 80 new businesses in County Durham and helped hundreds of small creative businesses to establish themselves and grow.

What can we do for you?

The nature of what we can offer changes over time as new opportunities emerge and we secure funding to run events and workshops, and provide one-to-one mentoring support. We also deliver bespoke projects to create commercial opportunities and have collaborated successfully with the likes of Baltic, Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral, Durham DLI Art Gallery, the National Glass Centre, Beamish Museum and Bowes Museum.

We’ve also run programmes to help creative people make the most of opportunities by helping them develop practical commercial skills: we are currently delivering a digital inclusion programme to help creatives improve their productivity and extend their market reach.

This spring we will be launching a new programme of activities for creative practitioners exploring opportunities within rural areas and the heritage and tourism sectors – we’ll post more information about this on our ‘What’s On’ page as the programme develops.

We plan to continue with a monthly programme of Creative Exchange events which are designed to help practitioners stay connected and learn from people with a story to tell or opportunities to promote. Our menu of upcoming events will also be posted on our ‘What’s On’ page but if you wish to be sure you’re alerted to what’s happening through our newsletter please register your contact details   

Funded By

Durham County Council Altogether Wealthier