Oldham Cultural Forum

Oldahm Cultural Forum is a meeting place for creative people to gain advice and network with other professionals working in the creative industries. Local artists and makers, voluntary and community sector workers and individuals with an interest and passion to work creatively in their local community are all welcome.

The forum is the ideal place to find out more information about opportunities, funding and events. Supporting local artists and makers is a priority for Gallery Oldham. Our Community Gallery shows a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.

The next Cultural Forum meetings are: Monday 14 September 2020 and Monday 8 March 2021, 6–8pm at Gallery Oldham


Cultural Forum COVID 19 – Useful information and Links for Creatives

Artist and creative project advice surgeries – Go online in response to COVID 19!

We know that this time is difficult both personally and professionally for so many of our creative colleagues and friends and creative organisations and we wish you all the very best as you navigate the changes the events of the last few weeks brings. Oldham Arts Development aims to continue to support you the best we can and advise you to get in touch if you feel we can be of any assistance.

To book your online or telephone appointment contact Arts Development via email rachel.wood@oldham.gov.uk

We are going to keep you updated of any news or opportunities that we think might support during this period of social distancing and as you are probably aware the government has now set up a scheme to support the self-employed and you can find more details about this here:




Arts Council England Support

Arts Council England have also announced what they will be doing to support the creative sector and they have put together a support package to help individuals and organisations. For creative organisations who do not receive National Portfolio funding you can find out how to access support here:



For individuals who work freelance in creative industries please see the link below:


Arts Council England have said that any applicants must be signed up to their online platform Grantium (which they use to process all grant applications)

Round one opens for applications on 9 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 13 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 12pm (midday) 16 April.

Round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.

If you are not already registered on Grantium you can find out more about how to sign up below.


You can also download the helpful ACE guidelines for individuals here

Emergency Response Fund – For individuals (Easy Read)

And the ACE guidelines for organisations here

Emergency Response Fund – For organisations outside the National Portfolio (Easy Read)

a-n Artist Bursaries: Time Space Money, plus financial support for artists and arts organisers

a-n Artist members whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, we’re bringing the application process forward for the next round of a-n Artist Bursaries, and working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen. https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/a-n-artist-bursaries-time-space-money-plus-financial-support-for-artists-and-arts-organisers/

Charities Aid Foundation

For creative organisations that are charities or not for profit organisations CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) are offering emergency grants of up to £10,000.

Eligible organisations include:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

Find out more and how to apply here:


Oldham Library Business Resources


Curious Minds Bursaries

Curious Minds are offering bursaries to freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations, payable upon approval of a short application. This money should allow those in the cultural education community the space for their own development, and hopefully ‘bridge the gap’ between now and the receipt of any emergency grants or funding.

Follow the link here