Cultural Opportunities across Calderdale & Region

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Read for news on cultural bodies around Calderdale, Funding Opportunities and Job Vacancies.

Expressions of Interest wanted for ACE Volunteering Futures Fund

To create more and better volunteering opportunities for people who experience loneliness or barriers to volunteering and in areas where there are fewer volunteering opportunities. Your project needs to be for £100,001 or over, but there is no maximum. EOI Deadline : Tuesday 7th December

More Info: Volunteering Futures | Arts Council England

 Jubilee Funding Announced

National Lottery Community Fund – Platinum Jubilee Fund 70 UK projects to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th Jubilee: Grants from £30,000 to £50,000. Deadline 5pm 15 Dec.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Jubilee Fund £5m for communities across the UK to re-connect with the nature on their doorstep. An additional £2m will create 70 paid placements for young people from under-served and disadvantaged backgrounds. No other details available yet.

Arts Council England – Let’s Create Jubilee Fund (Opens Jan 22) Grants £750 – £10,000. Deadline 28 Feb 22.

Historic England Music Commission EOI
Over summer 2022, Historic England will bring music to the high street, to bring special and diverse places together to help people feel pride in their high street. Through a series of commissions, new music will be created that celebrates the high street and encourages people to spend time there by capturing what is unique about the heritage and culture of 6-10 High Street Heritage Action Zones. The new musical outputs will be performed on the high streets, potentially coinciding with a national event such as Make Music Day or National High Streets Day.

If you would like to be considered as one of the high streets where this commission will take place, complete the following expression of interest form.
The deadline is the 14th January 2022. contact


Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Appoints new Creative Producer

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is excited to announce the appointment of new Creative Producer, Rebekah Fozard.  Rebekah will be joining the organisation with effect from January 2022, after 9 years as Manager at Hebden Bridge Picture House.  Rebekah joins Hebden Bridge Arts Festival at an inspiring time, hot on the heels of the Board of Trustees securing funding support from Calderdale Council, Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council and Art Fund for its Creative Neighbourhoods project. Project Manager, Clare Danon, continues to propel this venture which brings together exciting artists with 6 groups across Calderdale to creatively explore the environment, culminating in a public sharing of work. More Info

NHS to give therapy for depression before medication under new guidelines

A report in The Guardian revealed that millions of people with mild depression in England should be offered therapy, exercise, mindfulness or meditation before antidepressants, according to the first new NHS guidelines in more than a decade. Read full article here

Screen Yorkshire Announces New Chief Executive

Screen Yorkshire announces that Caroline Cooper Charles has been appointed as its new Chief Executive, replacing Sally Joynson, who is retiring from the business at the end of 2021, after 16 years at the helm.  Caroline joined Screen Yorkshire as Head of Industry Development in 2018, since taking up the role of Head of Creative in February 2020, Caroline has managed Screen Yorkshire’s ‘Yorkshire Content Fund’, overseeing investments and acting as production executive on TV dramas such as All Creatures Great and Small, The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Ackley Bridge and feature films including Ali & Ava. 

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Heritage Compass Free Training for Heritage Organisations
For small to medium heritage organisation in England. A free 12-month programme. Gain access to business resilience training, 1-1 support from a critical friend and mentor, a national symposium and a new network of heritage organisations. Deadline 16 Dec.

Download the application pack here!

Jobs/ Opportunities  

Work with Calderdale Libraries
Yorkshire and Humber Libraries are working together to deliver a Reading Pictures, Seeing Stories Festival in April/May 2022. The festival is based around visual literacy and different ways of storytelling. We would love to work with local artists, illustrators, comic book artists, digital artists – anyone who feels they have a visual approach to storytelling in the broadest sense.

This would be to offer sessions for either children and  families or school classes in either libraries or schools.

If you think you might be interested in this (paid) opportunity then please get in touch with Alison Roberts, Lead for Children & Young People’s Library Service at to discuss details.


IOU require Hostel Manager   

Do you want to manage and develop a unique, established  independent hostel in the stunning town of West Yorkshire’s Hebden Bridge? IOU is looking for a highly experienced and motivated self-starter that will take on all aspects of managing the business. We are looking for extensive hospitality experience, innovative digital marketing skills, good financial management, experience in personnel and volunteer management, enthusiastic event and project management skills and a passion for creative thinking. This is a brilliant opportunity for an exceptional Manager looking for a change.

Download the job description here.

Deadline for submission of applications: 10am on Monday 13 December 2021

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 16 December 2021

Open Call to Leeds City Region artists

This is an artist call out responding to an opportunity to be part of the national creative project: The World Reimagined.  From August-October 2022, Leeds will join other UK cities to host trails of ten large Globe sculptures, created by artists to bring to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The conversations in Leeds will showcase our diverse communities, enable intercultural conversations and celebrate creativity as a tool for social change in our communities.

The call out is free to enter and additional support can be offered to artists with access needs.

A commission of £1,500 is available for successful artists, plus £150 for materialsDeadline for submissions is 5pm 31st December 2021.

For more information – including accessibility details, deeper background to the national project and how to apply – visit: Artists – The World Reimagined

Opportunities at East Street Arts
East Street Arts are looking to fill two positions:

Engagement Lead – Maternity Cover

Freelance Artist Curator

The maternity role is to cover leave over a 12 month period and the curator role is to work with us freelance for a 9 month period


Volunteers needed for Sowerby Bridge HHAZ GLOW winter festival
Sowerby Bridge High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver their first ever GLOW!   The small team are trying to make a magical night for Sowerby Bridge – and we need your help to make it happen!

Volunteers need for:

– Stewarding – Set up crew – Clean up crew – Dancers

To get involved email


Glow Winter Festival 6th – 12th December 2021

Glow, Sowerby Bridge’s all new winter art festival, takes place for the first time on the week commencing 6th December 2021, with a big festival finale on 12th December 2021.

Glow begins with an Art Trail being mounted in the windows of Sowerby Bridge high street. The art featured is a collection of Light Art pieces created by local artists and secondary school students from Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby Bridge. The art will be available for viewing from 6th December until 13th December 2021, and a map of artwork will be available on the Glow social media pages.

The Glow finale is a festival of art happening on 12th December 2021 on Hollins Mill Lane. This features outdoor performances from local theatre companies Thingumajig Theatre and Eye of the Newt, alongside a specially created performance by the Calderdale Theatre School, music from the Sowerby Bridge Street Band, and fire eating from drag queen Dolls Nest. The festival will begin at 4pm on Hollins Mill Lane and end with a fireworks display at 6pm.   @Glowwinterfestival

Light Up the Valley 3rd-12th December 2021

An illuminated road show taking place throughout the Upper Calder Valley. Free Events – enjoy illuminations, Handmade Parade, ice sculptures, live entertainment, food & drink and competitions!

Full Details

Victoria Theatre Panto is Back! 11th December 2021 – 2 January 2022

After a very unusual year off, the countdown is on to this year’s pantomime at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax! Once again, they’re working together with Imagine Theatre (the creative team behind Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella) to bring the magical fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk to life!

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Let’s Grow Ho Ho Ho Christmas Party, Mon 20th & Tues 21st December, Halifax Borough Market

The Let’s Grow Nannies and their very special babies are excited to be putting on a Merry Little Christmas Party in Halifax Borough Market! They’ve invited special guests Hodman & Sally, the Christmas Travellers; The Living Lamp Post Stilt Walkers and the incredible Festive Disco Shed. The babies have chosen their favourite Christmas make & take workshops, so there’ll be lots to do for all ages. Merry Christmas everyone from the Let’s Grow team on Monday 20th * Tuesday 21st December, 11:00 am  – 4:00pm

Opal’s Comet Exhibition at IOU Gallery from 11th December

 A new exhibit documents the journey of “Opal’s Comet”, an outdoor performance project, conceived and written by Sonya Moorhead.  The exhibition of photography, sculpture and film (directed by Nick Farrimond) documents the tone and content of project so far.  The exhibition space is free to access and is open every day throughout December and January (from the 11th December onwards, with some closures over the Christmas and New Year period).

You can find out more about the project here.  

Nesta Sustainable Futures Series – Virtual Events around the topic of Climate Change   

Nesta is continuing its series of virtual climate change seminars discussing individual and collective ways to contribute towards net zero emissions. Session titles include:

-Devolve to evolve: what role should local communities play in decarbonising homes?

-Stories from the frontline: let’s hear from our green home pioneers ;

-Achieving climate justice: the link between climate change and structural racism

Across various dates/times click link to register: