What We Do
Sutton Arts Council uses an annual grant from the local authority to support and promote the arts, very broadly defined, within the Borough.
Managed by a small Executive Committee of volunteers, it has membership of three types:
- affiliated members, which are arts and heritage groups whose membership is drawn mainly from Sutton residents
- associate members, who promote arts in the Borough but the majority of whose members come from outside the Borough
- individual members, who are simply keen to support the aim of the Arts Council.
It currently has around 80 member societies covering a very wide range of arts and heritage interests - dramatic and operatic, musical and choral, artistic and photographic, ethnic, linguistic and historical.
Sutton Arts Council achieves its aim in several ways:
- by awarding grants to non-commercial arts and heritage organisations to increase the scope and reach of their activities
- by providing members with at least two general meetings a year that seek to build knowledge and develop expertise relevant to the arts
- by distributing a quarterly newsletter to members that keeps them abreast of subjects and events relevant to the arts
- by organising competitions, exhibitions and events that encourage arts participation, especially by young people
- by promoting collaboration between arts groups to the benefit of all
- by providing low-cost storage facilities and discounts on theatre hire for members
- by offering opportunities for members to promote their activities
- by advancing and maintaining the profile of the arts among local councillors and council officials
- by supporting the Council’s efforts within the arts of the Borough
- by representing Sutton’s arts community to other arts organisations both in the Borough and elsewhere
- by encouraging cultural contact with Sutton’s twin towns in Europe.