CDF Network – Round Three Projects

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The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Network is the national collective that shares best practice and generates knowledge to capture and celebrate the success of the DCMS CDF investment.  By creating the space to nourish, innovate and re-energise for all of the trailblazing CDF projects, we influence, communicate, learn, celebrate, drive further investment and secure the legacy of the Cultural Development Fund. 

We are delighted to welcome the third round of CDF Projects to the CDF Network and will be tracking progress and sharing insights and case studies from these projects – in addition to the existing CDF Round One and CDF Round Two projects. In the meantime, here’s a short summary of the third round CDF projects …

Barnstaple (North Devon)

Project: Flourishing Culture in Barnstaple

Lead Partner: North Devon Council
Flourishing Barnstaple is an exciting project that aims to re-establish Barnstaple as the cultural centre of Northern Devon, delivering many of the aspirations of the Barnstaple Cultural Plan. This includes regenerating two key spaces within the town to create performance and visual arts hub, and developing a programme of cultural activities to develop both the audience and participants for a range of cultural events.  


Project: Centre for Screen and Digital Technologies

Lead Partner: Basildon Council
Basildon Council plans to develop a Centre for Screen and Digital Technologies on the site of the former Robins Cinema at Great Oaks, Basildon to provide just over 15,000 sq. ft. of affordable and flexible creative workspace and digital performance space for the growing number of creative-digital-screen businesses in the wider sub-region. 

Bradford (Kala Sangam)

Project: Bradford Arts Centre

Lead Partner: Kala Sangam
To build capacity for UK City of Culture 2025, this project will establish a Bradford district-wide network of four, locally relevant arts Hubs. Led by Kala Sangam, on behalf of Bradford’s Cultural Place Partnership, the project will be enabled by the major capital redevelopment of Kala Sangam’s Grade II arts centre.

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Medway (iCCi, University of Kent)

Project: Docking Station

Lead Partner: Institute of Culture and Creative Industries (iCCi), University of Kent, with Medway Council and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
Docking Station is an exciting new facility for Medway that will restore a listed building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, into a unique creative centre of digital production, education and community engagement. It will provide industry standard production technologies including virtual production and motion capture and enable local businesses, students and communities to develop new skills in immersive technologies to support the digital creative industries in Medway and the region. 

The project is led by the University of Kent in partnership with Medway Council and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.


Project: Morecambe Winter Gardens

Lead Partner: Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust
Morecambe Winter Gardens has been awarded a grant of £2.78 million to help it once again be one of the best music venues in the north of England. The funding, which is the largest single investment the venue has received in over 100 years, will also be used to launch a new work experience initiative to help young creatives from Lancashire get access to and develop careers in the arts industry. 

Alongside the capital works, the Preservation Trust will work with partners, including From the Fields and Morecambe and Lancaster arts groups to programme new events and music activities. Crucial to the development of the building is a Young Creatives Initiative in partnership with Lancaster and Morecambe College, which will see a cohort of 75 young creatives from Morecambe and Lancaster given the opportunity to have work experience and paid training from national bodies with local and regional cultural partners.

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Skegness (East Lindsey)

Project: Cultural Revival – The Midlands Coast

Lead Partner: East Lindsey District Council
Cultural Revival: The Midlands Coast, led by East Lindsey District Council and overseen by the Connected Coast Board, will support the transformation of the culturally significant assets on Skegness Foreshore.

The funding will support continuing plans to establish the Embassy Theatre as a new international ‘Culture House.’ which will connect the Midlands Coast to other national and international venues and festivals. For Skegness Pier, the application will support the first phase of an ambitious, multi-million pound redevelopment project led by the Mellors Group to restore the Pier to a significant new visitor attraction and cultural platform.


Project: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (PMAG)

Lead Partner: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, (PMAG)
PMAG is creating a striking extended building and re-imagined spaces that will showcase Stoke-on-Trent’s world class museum collections and enhance the visitor experience. PMAG redevelopment will contribute to Stoke-on-Trent’s status as an international cultural visitor destination, create pride in the city, attract interest, investment and jobs.


Project: The Walsall Creative Industries Enterprise Centre

Lead Partner: Walsall Council
Delivery Partner: Urban Hax
The Walsall Creative Industries Enterprise Centre (CIEC) offers a unique venue for creative professionals seeking employment. As part of the town’s ecosystem, it supports the creative industry and revitalises the town centre. By refurbishing an unused Grade II* Listed Building and implementing a 3-year Cultural Activity Programme, it encourages collaboration, innovation, and reverses declining local business start-up rates.

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