Arts Grants Scheme

The Council’s Arts Grants Scheme is now open.
All applications must be submitted by email to: Culture@rbkc.gov.uk, for the Spring Round.  

The deadline for the Spring Round is 10am, Friday 1 May 2020.

About the scheme

The Arts Grants Scheme welcomes applications from individuals and organisations looking to produce excellent and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and offers grants of up to £3,000. There is a large demand on this fund, so unfortunately not all applications will be successful.

Application Process

The Arts Grant Scheme has been running for over 15 years, funding over 350 excellent and engaging arts projects.

The fund is open across 2 rounds each year and we welcome applications from a wide range of arts based activities within in the borough from participatory arts based projects, tours, artist-based talks, research and development, theatre, dance etc. 

The Guidance Notes for 2020 are available below for information:

Arts Grants guidance notes

Please note that in light of the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on creative projects, we will be working to flexible timeframes for projects funded under this round. If you have any concerns, please contact us at Arts@rbkc.gov.uk.

You can download and complete the application form here:

Arts Grants application form

Please email your completed form to us at: Culture@rbkc.gov.uk.

Sessions

1:1 information sessions are available to support organisations and individuals interested in applying.

30 minute slots must be booked in advance, with a maximum of one slot per organisation applying.

Update Thursday 19 March: These sessions will now take place over the phone, in line with Government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Once you have booked a slot, we will be in touch by email to ask for further contact information.

All applicants are advised to read the Arts Grants Guidance Notes before making an application or attending a 1:1 session.

Contact the Arts Service

To keep up with funding opportunities, arts and culture news, and events in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea email us at:  Arts@rbkc.gov.uk to be added to our mailing list.  

Projects funded November 2019

Sheila Hill - The Power Project

The Power Project builds on a series of interviews made 20 years ago with Israeli PM Shimon Peres; Polish nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat, Nazi escapee, and Los Alamos atom bomb architect, fighting its use post Hiroshima; Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani, whose controversial images were used to sell Benetton clothing; and New England Journal editor Arnold Relman. A further series of interviews with those in positions of power in 2020 will inform the development of a script and new theatrical work which will engage with young people in the Borough.

Find out more on Sheila Hill's website.

Marie Klimis - A Love Letter

Whether you’re 15 or 50, love stories inspire us all. A Love Letter, focusses on and celebrates love after 50, while the media, advertising and film industries overload us with images of young love. Exploring love stories in older age, shared by residents in North Kensington as part of the West Way’s POP Festival, March 2020, Marie will devise a site specific piece of work which engages audiences through audio and performance art.

Find out more on the Westway Arts & Culture website

Key Changes Ltd - Key Changes Studio Discovery

Key Changes will work with musicians experiencing mental health challenges to produce new music, develop their creative practices, and build confidence and skills in partnership with Pirate Studios. Artists receive 1:1 mentoring over five weeks, and will subsequently be sign-posted to opportunities to further their own creative practice within the local community.

Find out more on the Key Changes website. Email: referral@keychanges.org.uk  or tel: 020 7549 8172

DanceWest - Bolder Not Older

DanceWest are expanding the Bolder Not Older programme to the Reed Centre in North Kensington. The programme has proven its success in reducing social isolation for elderly residents through its programme at the St Charles Centre, and will engage new audiences with this new programme of classes, which are free at point of access.

Find out more on the DanceWest website.

Emma Dennis-Edwards - BRICKS

Playwright Emma Dennis-Edwards developed the script for BRICKS through conversation and time spent with the community in North Kensington; BRICKS will go through R&D at the Bush Theatre, working with a dedicated outreach lead  (Yasmeen Arden, resident and founder of Small Truth Theatre) to identify 6 local young people from Kensington and Chelsea to take part in a mentoring scheme, giving them the chance to work with professional artists and gain creative industry experience.

Find out more on Emma Dennis-Edwards' webpage.

Migrants Organise - Voices and Portraits

20 participants will each produce a piece of written, spoken or recorded work drawn from their lived experience. Over a series of meetings between January to June 2020 participants will develop their narratives in collaboration with artists, resulting in a multi-faceted reflection on the migrant experience. The project will culminate in an exhibition showcase on Thorpe Close, W10 during International Refugee Week, 15-21 June 2020.

Find out more on the Migrants Organise website.

Earl’s Court Film Festival - ECFF Spring Season

A series of screenings of the best selected short films from the 2019 festival including preliminary outreach opportunities for young people to shape the programme of activity and get involved in the production of short films.

Find out more on the Film Earls Court website.

Camilla Brendon - Phytoplankton in the City

Artist Camilla Brendon will run workshops targeting children and families taking place at the Meanwhile Gardens beside the Union Canal. In partnership with the Floating Class Room, Camilla will teach participants about phytoplankton and their importance to the aquatic environment, which will inspire the creation of giant sculptures to be displayed in an outdoor exhibition in the gardens in Summer 2020.

Find out more on Camilla Brendon's website.

Portobello Radio CIC - Carnival Radio

A new season of radio broadcasts focusing on the build up to Carnival, interviewing key figures, and shining a light on the culture and heritage of Notting Hill Carnival. The project will include skills development for locals in radio production, and will seek to engage London-wide audiences with the local stories which underpin Carnival.

Stay tuned for updates on Portobello Radio.

Potential Difference Theatre - Fragments

Fragments is a new play which is coming to the Playhouse Theatre on Lancaster road in North Kensington in May 2020. Fragments is inspired by recently discovered papyrus fragments of a ‘lost play’, as well as by recent research in neuroscience, and explores themes of memory and perception. The funding granted will support local outreach and a paid, mentored position for a young person from RBKC during production.

Find out more on the Potential Difference website.

Nathaniel McBride - Dictating to the Estate

Dictating to the Estate has been through many iterations and has been developed using verbatim accounts from residents of Kensington and Chelsea following Grenfell Tower Fire. The play is now moving towards it’s first full production in Autumn 2020 at the Playground Theatre, and will include outreach activity engaging with residents, and including paid roles on the production for young people living in the Borough.

Find out more on the Dictating to the Estate website.

Carnival School Band - Sign My Soca

The Carnival School Band recognise that carnival music is not accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired so they will work with a signing tutor to learn to sign their Soca standards and make their performances more inclusive! You’ll be able to see them in action at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, 2020.

Find out more on the KCS Carnival Band website.

Projects funded April 2019

Arunima Kumar Dance Company - Avatara ‘New Life’ Research and development of a new dance work exploring an Indian Mythological tale of reincarnations. Performance to take place 19 November, at The Bhavan.

Chelsea Theatre - My World, My Story My World, My Story is a new writing project bringing together local communities and professional theatre artists to turn ideas and lived experience into live performance on the stage at the Chelsea Theatre.

Updates to follow on the Chelsea Theatre website.

Flying Gorrilas - Classical Concert on a Fire Engine for Grenfell Past: 14 June 2019

Ignite Foundation CIC - Dance Energy 2019 Engaging young people aged 7 – 19 (up to 25 with LLDD) with dance and connecting them with industry leading professionals; Dance Energy is a new dance competition taking place on 12 July 2019 at Cadogan Hall.

Opera Holland Park - Schools Matinee and Workshops Part of Opera Holland Park’s Inspire Programme, the school’s matinee is taking place on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

For more information about Opera Holland Park’s Inspire programme visit the Opera Holland Park website.

Rachael Nee - The Fumifugiums A new digital arts project in which the artist will create an orchestra of electronic instrument-sculptures, ‘fed’ by data on air pollution collected around the West Way.

Renegade Theatre - A Wornington Wish A Wornington Wish is a free community children’s theatre devising project led by professional theatre makers, and culminating in a performance piece at the Venture Community Association, North Kensington.

The Gate Theatre - Young Associates Programme The 2019-20 edition of the Young Associates Programme provides pre-professional performance training, supporting young local artists from diverse backgrounds to take their first steps into the theatre industry.

Applications open between August – October 2019.

Visit The Gate Theatre website for updates.

The Playground Theatre - Rebel Fest Rebel Fest showcases a variety of art forms including theatre, music, dance, film, spoken word and performance art drawn from the local community as well as artists from further afield from 6-8 September 2019, at The Playground Theatre.

Updates to follow on the Playground Theatre website.

Tip Top Dance School - Tip Top Dance Festival Celebrating 5 years of dance at the Venture Centre, Tip Top Dance School are producing their first dance festival on 7 July, Tabernacle W11 2AY.

Find more information and book your tickets on the Tabernacle website.

Truefitt Collective - Magical Minds Truefitt Collective will deliver this workshop package using dance performance and mindfulness to educate children about positive mental health and well-being at primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea.

UFO Steelband - UFO On The Road A summer programme of steelpan carnival-arts lessons, workshops and performances, culminating in the creation of new music and an all-day performance at Notting Hill Carnival.

Further examples from previous years are highlighted in the Funded Projects document below:

Arts Grants: previously funded projects