Creative Arts East

CREATIVE ARTS EAST Collaboration Ambition Everyone

Creative Arts East uses the transformative power of the arts to fight rural & social isolation through social impact projects, increasing health & wellbeing; broadening horizons & ambitions; increasing enjoyment & skills, making positive differences to the lives of people living in rural communities

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1040321)

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Championed by Reed Education Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom

  • "I felt that life was shutting me in the house. I have very few friends left so it’s really nice to meet people who have the same interests and like coming together to share in music and dance.”

    — Sally, 'Our Day Out' music and dance workshop participant

  • Even though my dementia isn't that bad yet, it's so nice to be here to see others that have the same thing as you. Sometimes I forget my words when I talk to people but when I am here I don’t have to worry about that because everyone here is so understanding and it's a safe place to be."

    — Denise, 'Our Day Out' music and dance workshop participant

  • “There’s a lot of isolation, particularly as people get older, and Creative Arts East have been very key in finding those people and getting them together.”

    — Mary Lovett, musician and artist facilitator

  • ''The events my family, friends and I have attended have all been wonderful and have brought the whole community together. Without these events, the village communities would be even more isolated'."

    — Audience member, live theatre performance in a village hall


The absence or difficulty for rural under-served/ disadvantaged communities in Norfolk & Suffolk to access and engage with high quality, meaningful arts & cultural activities and interventions. Under-recognised deprivation in rural areas has significant impact on wellbeing, aspiration and socio-economic outcomes of people of all ages with heightened social isolation and loneliness. This has been exacerbated during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis adding to pressures on already stretched local services


Using our proven record in using the transformative power of the Arts to fight rural & social isolation; increase enjoyment, skills, health & wellbeing; broaden horizons & ambitions; making positive differences to the lives of people in rural communities. We do this by helping people access and engage with high-quality arts experiences, inc. live performance, cinema screenings, creative workshops/ sessions, and volunteer opportunities in their community to reach vulnerable, often unheard people