Creative Change Fund

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Funding was put directly in the hands of the community to make their events happen.

Over 300 applications were received for grants between £1000 and £5000, designed to put power back into the hands of our community to deliver the events they wanted to happen. A huge range of projects were funded, from murals and quilting workshops to local history, drumming, clay and tile making.

Brookmill Park used their funding to deliver workshops celebrating both biodiversity and neurodiversity. Led by artist Cash Aspeek, 24 neuro-diverse students from Lewisham College were invited to create artwork from natural materials found in the park.

Lewisham Refugee Week Festival featured events including live music, dance and storytelling, all led by people newly arrived in the borough from around the world.

Kender Primary School used their funding to create a series of films about hair and identity, called Halo Hair, in response to Black Lives Matter and the Race Equality Pledge.

Heart n Soul’s Squidz Club returned, Grow Lewisham created a Growmobile that was exhibited at People’s Day, the Migration Museum held an exhibition on Lewisham’s migrant business owners, and so much more.


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My Lewisham Stories: Keith Barr

Keith is headteacher of Kender Primary School

Hear his account of their Creative Change Fund project, Halo Hair.

"We wanted to put the children’s voice on the map within the borough’s celebration to enhance creativity in the school."
Keith Barr, Headteacher, Kender Primary School

Celebrating Sanctuary: Lewisham Refugee Week Festival

As part of their Creative Change Fund project, the Lewisham Refugee Week Festival produced a zine, which explored the questions 'what does sanctuary mean to you?' and 'what role does creativity play in creating sanctuary?'

The zine includes quotes from partners and participants, and artwork and images from the event.

Read the zine