Cultivate Commissions

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No More Nowt

Cultivate Commissions are designed to support creative practitioners to work with and alongside communities in County Durham to increase participation in arts and creative activity that has a positive impact on communities.

The goal of Cultivate Commissions is to bolster creativity in County Durham and instil pride in communities.

There are 20 creative commission opportunities:

  • 10 Seed Commissions x £2000 each. Seed Commissions support you to explore and test ideas.
  • 4 Germinate Commissions – of the value of £5000 each. Germinate Commissions support you to develop existing projects and connections.
  • 6 Harvest Commissions – of the value of £5000 each. Harvest Commissions support you to develop existing projects and connections with specific locations in County Durham.

Additionally, there is a programme of activity to support awarded practitioners.


Cultivate Commissions are a strand of the Into the Light place partnership initiative in County Durham. Into the Light aims to develop enduring growth by fostering creative collaborations over from 2024 – 2027. It seeks to nurture talent, broaden access to creative education, enhance skills, and facilitate engagement and connectivity across the creative sectors.

Cultivate Commissions are being delivered by No More Nowt and Northern Heartlands as part of the Into the Light Place Partnership Initiative made possible by UK Shared Prosperity Funding.

Budget £2,000 – £5,000 fee x 20 commissions

Deadline 29 July 2024

Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP

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Both emerging and experienced creative practitioners living and/or working in County Durham are eligible to apply. Applicants can only apply for one Cultivate Commission in 2024/25. To get your application & info pack e-mail No More Nowt with the subject ‘Cultivate Commission info pack.’

Cultivate idea sessions will take place as follows:

  • 5 July, 2 – 3.30pm (online)
  • 11 July, 1.30 – 4.30pm (Consett)
  • 18 July, 1.30 – 4.30pm (Bishop Auckland)

To attend, please book.

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