About us – our ethos
ANS embraces arts and culture as a life-enriching necessity for everyone and it is a central part of our ANS responsibility to see it fostered, developed and promoted. We want to see the arts, artists and arts organisations in the Borough better supported and their contribution further recognised. The Borough is rich in talent and has an emerging community arts scene, yet this remains somewhat hidden, we want to shine a light on this work and help develop audiences for it.
- ANS organises regular networking events for its members and encourages mutually beneficial collaboration between members.
- ANS runs a small grants programme for members running arts events
- ANS works with the London Borough of Sutton, campaigning for a developed
- ANS promotes and advocates arts in the Borough.
- ANS gives advice to members and runs training sessions to enhance
- ANS runs a small number of arts events, particularly to encourage
engagement in the arts from children and young people.
Priorities for the forthcoming strategic period 2017 – 2020 will be to enhance the effectiveness of the organisation and governance of the committee, bolster the creative sector through using the network to develop critical mass and one voice with which to represent the Borough’s artists, upskilling members, inspiring and activating the membership to deliver high quality events and to work more collaboratively.
Through improved networking and communication, through strategic investment and training, and through its relationship with the Council and other important stakeholders, ANS will capacity build and support the professional development of Sutton’s arts and cultural providers. ANS will focus its energies on events and activities that have potential to reach large audiences and can influence a cultural shift in the profile and perception of the arts in the Borough.
A better networked, up-skilled and more ambitious arts sector is ANS’ end goal and a more vibrant, revitalised, higher profile and better valued local arts scene will be the result. We will do this by defining four key strands of development:
- Network Development
- Arts Development
- Influencing local policy
- Working in partnership
ANS has a long history of supporting arts in the Borough. The organisation originated in 1951 as the Carshalton & Wallington Arts Council. Then in 1965, when the three local Urban District Councils came together, it re-named itself Sutton Arts Council. More recently, in 2012, it restructured as Arts Network Sutton. A new constitution was created in 1 April 2014. An interim executive was set up to cover the period to the AGM in June 2014, when the original Trustees ceased to hold office.
ANS is funded by the London Borough of Sutton (approximately £9,000 pa) and has reserves of circa £33,000. A large sum of the reserves is made up from an endowment from Neil Hayes. These funds are not restricted but did come with a request to support networking and social events. In 2018, ANS received an Arts Council England grant to support the development of the network.
Members of ANS are able to meet with like-minded creatives in the Borough at regular networking events, attend free training sessions and make applications to the ANS grant scheme.
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