About Us

“Our vision is to inspire communities in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and NE Derbyshire
to experience and get involved in the arts.”

First Art is a collective of four cultural and community organisations working within the former coalfields of NE Derbyshire and NE Nottinghamshire. Beginning in January 2015, we aim to bring inspiring cultural experiences within reach of everyone in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and NE Derbyshire over the next two years.


We want to do this because people who live here are less involved in the arts than people living in most other parts of the country – in some areas there is no engagement at all! Evidence shows that communities with culture, creativity and imagination are stronger and more resilient than those without, and we want people in these areas to benefit from this valuable relationship between a thriving community and the arts.


By 2017, dozens of artists will have been commissioned to work on more than 30 local events and projects, to which we will have welcomed more than 40,000 people, local people will have stronger links with cultural facilities in Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and beyond, and we will have laid the foundations for art, in all its guises, to play a central role in the future of these areas.


The First Art area, between the Peak District and Sherwood Forest, is a land which is hard to define. Scores of villages and small towns make up this patchwork of places – home to a population the size of Bristol. Our partnership will work with artists, theatres and community groups, museums and voluntary organisations, public bodies, businesses and the wider public to ensure that art is at the heart of positive change.

The first Art project is supported by Arts Council through its Creative People and Places fund. 

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Creswell Heritage Trust manages Creswell Crags – one of the most heavily protected archaeological and geological sites in Britain.

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Junction Arts is a participatory arts organisation based in the East Midlands, and has been delivering in the Bolsover district for over 30 years.

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City Arts Nottingham develops art that brings people together, stimulates change and creates stronger, healthier communities.

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The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity which supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

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BECOME A MEMBER OF FIRST ART AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS THIS OFFERS INCLUDING;

MEMBERSHIP PERKS:

INVITATIONS TO ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS.
A SHINY NEW MEMBERSHIP CARD.
PLUS – BE ENTERED INTO OUR ANNUAL DRAW TO WIN AN IPAD.


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