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With arts venues closed and the UK currently on lockdown, LEAN are encouraging people to be creative at home. Let's Create at Home is a booklet listing a selection of resources and arts activities for children, young people and their families. 


Find advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries affected by the Coronavirus. This list has been adapted from one helpfully compiled by the Creative Industries Federation. 

Information on funding and grants can now be found in our opportunities section.


ACE say 'artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.' 


This is for organisations who are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. You can apply fora maximum of £35,000. 

Round 2 open now, deadline 30 April 2020.


All organisations within the Arts Council’s 2018-22 National Portfolio of Organisations (including Bands 1-3, and Sector Support Organisations) are eligible to apply.


In response to Covid 19, Brent is rescheduling its Borough of Culture programme until later in 2020, Lewisham's programme will move to 2022 and Croydon will remain scheduled for 2023.


We will still be offering our information and guidance sessions but by phone, Skype, Zoom or what ever virtual method suits you best. 


Until at least the 20 April we will be working remotely and the LEAN office will be closed. You can still contact us by email and social media and we hope to stay mentally healthy and well by lots of digital/virtual contact!


Creative Industries Federation and Arts Council England are producing some helpful guidance into what to do about the virus and how budget announcements might support freelancers and small arts organisations.


Understanding the active lives of young people in Lewisham. Make sure dance is included in this survey.


Blown away by the news that Lewisham has been chosen to by London Borough of Culture 2021, part of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to support the arts in London.  


The ‘enterprise hub’ will connect great ideas – from local entrepreneurs, small businesses, students and alumni – with Goldsmiths’ research expertise, while also providing workspace for creative collaboration and business growth.

The Albany wants to make something for the community that brings people together – what would you make or do if it was you?

Take a look at our last bulletin of 2019 for things to look forward to next year!


Hurray - Lewisham is one of 7 boroughs going forward to the interview process in January.


Back in September 2018, Tate, Artangel and A New Direction invited every primary school in London to have their Year 3 classes photographed as part of Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project. The resulting class photos are being brought together for an installation at Tate Britain and a city-wide exhibition this November.


The Department for Education have released a report on children's achievement at the end of the EYFSP, from 2013-2019.


The Young Mayor for 2019–20 is Femi Komolafe and the Deputy Young Mayor is Aaliyah Odedina.


The Durham Commission has just launched a report and recommendations for the promotion of creativity in education in England.


If you know an unsung hero or group that is making Lewisham a better place to live, please take a few minutes to nominate them.

The deadline for nominations is midnight on 21 October 2019.