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A new Art Festival for the Ribble Valley

Funded on Spacehive 28 April 2023 Delivered 10 June 2023

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A new Art Festival for the Ribble Valley

A new Art Festival for the Ribble Valley

Clitheroe Contemporary By Clitheroe Contemporary

Help us stage the first annual Festival of Contemporary Arts in Clitheroe showcasing the work of artists from near and far in a June celebration of creativity with events and exhibitions for everyone.

Clitheroe Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Apr 2023!

We are a group of volunteer professionals planning to stage the first CLITHEROE CONTEMPORARY, a three-day Arts Festival, from 9th - 11th June 2023. Clitheroe, our historic market town, gateway to the Forest of Bowland & Pendle Hill, is home to established Ribble Valley Festivals championing international Jazz & Blues & the best local Food. Our aim is to expand Clitheroe's cultural calendar to include an annual summer celebration of the creative arts for everyone to enjoy, bringing art to those who might not otherwise experience it. Across the town, there will be workshops, artist’s talks, classes, installations, performances & exhibitions featuring paintings, films, sound art & sculpture – some for sale, some simply to enjoy. With your pledges & the help of local businesses, leisure & hospitality venues, schools & community groups, we will bring to the town a wide range of UK & international artists as well headlining our local talent. Art is for everyone. Let's make it Happen!

What we'll deliver:

  • A three-day festival from 9th – 11th June 2023, including pre-festival participation with schools and community groups
  • Community launch event on Saturday 3rd June 2023
  • Curated exhibitions, installations, performances, screenings and events
  • Artist led workshops, talks and classes
  • Open exhibition
  • Art Fair with art works for sale
  • Community Plein air painting competition
  • Legacy of public artworks for the town
  • Ongoing arts projects for young people
  • Website and social media platforms with images and information, audio and film footage

Why it's a great idea:

Art & culture can energise communities, inform thinking & inspire change. Our aim is for an open to all, volunteer led festival that will generate a sense of inclusion & optimism in an area where, despite wealth there is also need. Exhibitions across Clitheroe in halls, cafes, pubs & restaurants will serve to support the careers of emerging artists whilst raising the Ribble Valley’s profile & lending an economic boost to its leisure & hospitality trade. Our professional artists will work youth groups & school children, demystifying the creative arts as elitist endeavour & encouraging them to pursue their creative ambitions. A collective effort can help fire the imaginations of everyone, young & old, and especially those who might otherwise not experience art. We ask for your support to deliver a festival of creative arts in an area where there is no municipal art gallery, no community focussed arts organisation & no cultural investment strategy. A pledge of as little as £2 will help.

Steps to get it done:

  • Pre-Festival Launch Event on Friday 3rd June 2023
  • Launch Event on Friday 8th June 2023
  • Three day art festival from Friday 9th June (multiple exhibitions and events)
  • Plein air painting event and competition at Clitheroe Castle for 200+ participants on Sunday 11th June

Location Clitheroe

About the space

Clitheroe, our historic market town, heart of the Ribble Valley and gateway to Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland. Home to Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues and Clitheroe Food Festivals.


Ribble Valley Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £25,480

Event organisation, set up and implementation - £7,010 (28%)
Printing and promotion - £6,600 (26%)
Venue Hire - £2,500 (10%)
Secondary Venue Hire - £2,500 (10%)
Marketing and Design - £1,800 (7%)
Lighting Hire - £1,200 (5%)
Catering - £889 (3%)
Educational Art Opening Event - £706 (3%)
Installations at Holmes Mill - £450 (2%)
Third Venue Hire - £300 (1%)
Other - £1,525 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Event organisation, set up and implementation
Printing and promotion
Venue Hire
Secondary Venue Hire
Marketing and Design
Lighting Hire
Educational Art Opening Event
Installations at Holmes Mill
Third Venue Hire
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Insurance
  • Photography
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Public Art Work for Clitheroe
  • Commission work from emerging artists
  • Set up a funded working group to establish a arts strategy for Clitheroe and District

Total £25,480

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Are you able to help us throughout the festival - we're looking for a home team of greeters, helpers and welcomers to make the festival as smooth as possible.

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I am happy to help with anything in the festival I am an art teacher so could offer practical help within workshops or just general public support on the day
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