Current Projects

2021: Freelance Arts and Cultural Workers in Sheffield Fund

The Freelancers Fund was a response to the serious impact of Covid-19 on creative freelancers in Sheffield.  The first round was funded by the City Council and Culture Consortium members: Sheffield Theatres, Site Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and Museums Sheffield. A second round was funded through Sheffield City Council Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) and the South Yorkshire Mayor’s Fund for Culture. 158 artists and 5 support organisations were funded, with grants totalling £297,000.

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Ongoing: Sheffield Festivals Mentoring

Growing out of the Cultural Destinations programmes below, the Sheffield Festivals Mentoring Group met twice-yearly (pre-Covid) to provide peer support and develop best practice, including a joint Safer Festivals policy.  During Covid, the Festivals Mentoring Group have held weekly or fortnightly Zooms, sharing expertise on digital festival production and contributing to University of Sheffield research.  If your festival would like to join in, contact

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2020: Making our Way Visual Art Panel

To help implement the Visual Art Statement, Making our Way, (which came out of the Making Ways project), we have set up a Visual Art Panel selected by open call, including arts organisations and visual artists in the city.  More information here: 

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