CREATIVES in Northwich can pick up some extra cash while sharing their practice into the bargain.  

Organisers of Northwich Festival of Arts are offering grants to all types of creatives to put on innovative attractions, workshops, classes, and performances throughout July 2023.

The festival, which is now in its fourth year, aims to showcase the cultural and artistic talent that exists in Northwich and the surrounding area. 

Previous workshops have included basic pencil sketching lessons, print making, pottery and sculpture.

Adam Gerrard, project manager for Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), stressed how inclusive the process is, and wants to encourage as many people as possible to put themselves forward.

“There really are no limitations on the type of funding applications we want to see coming through,” said Adam.

“We’re really keen to make sure people understand, this is open to everyone.

“Even those who may have considered delivering activity but never taken that leap – we will support you throughout the process.

“The submissions received will be put together to create a month of activity for town centre visitors to enjoy, with a variety of primarily free to attend events.”

Festival organiser, Phil Bower, who also owns Northwich Art Shop on Witton Street, would like to see as many people as possible engaging with the festival, either by putting on an activity, or taking part in one.  

Phil said: “Throughout July, we are giving people the opportunity to be creative.

“It can be fabulous, fun, and frustrating in equal measure.

“You don’t need permission to be creative, but sometimes you need something to stimulate and inspire.

“I encourage everyone to get involved, either through delivering an activity or participating in one.

“It’s definitely something for the whole family."

The month-long event is a collaboration between Northwich Art Shop, Visual Arts Cheshire and Northwich BID.

Those looking to get involved can go to the Visit Northwich website to learn more about submitting an application.