The arts, but not as you know it, in Barking and Dagenham.

Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) is a six year project (2014 - 2019) for people living, working and socialising in Barking and Dagenham.

The mission of CBD is to enable local people to create, commission and curate outstanding arts and creative activities in their areas, and to promote the borough as a place where exciting art - of all forms - is made and shown.

At the heart of the programme is our Cultural Connectors network - an open and growing network of over 180 local residents who are the decision makers and advocates for CBD.

CBD is core funded by Arts Council England's Creative People and Places programme and supported by Barking and Dagenham Council.

The project is overseen by a group of organisations and individuals with a proven commitment to Barking and Dagenham and a real ambition for the borough's arts scene. This group, the Core Consortium is made up of : Studio 3 Arts (the group's lead organisation and CBD's office HQ); London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council, Barking and Dagenham CVS, Barking and Dagenham College and the Barking Enterprise Centre, You can read the Terms of Reference for the Group here.

One of the objectives of CBD is: To empower the public to make decisions about cultural provision.

This is achieved through steering group meetings and decision-making panels, in which all choices about the CBD programme are made by the Cultural Connectors, working alongside artistic advisers and local stakeholders.

Click here to find out about our processes for steering groups and panels.

About Creative Barking and Dagenham

CBD commissions high quality, ambitious, locally-owned, art projects across Barking and Dagenham, and especially in areas with little cultural provision. We are now in Phase 2 of the CBD programme and this is the vision for the next three years. Between 2017 - 2019 we will,

  • Create over 80,000 opportunities to engage with arts and culture.

  • Deliver 8 festivals reaching 22,500 people and offer 40 commissions to local organisations to develop their own work or project at these

  • Set up 3 adult art schools offering high quality activities weekly

  • Manage a new partnerships funding scheme offering match funding to organisations who share our vision and can convince our Cultural Connectors that their idea is right for our programme

  • Double the size of the Cultural Connectors network to over 250 local people

  • Offer 24 REACH awards to support high quality arts activities to be offered at community events

  • Provide 2,000 residents with an arts and cultural experience through our highly successful trips initiative

  • Work with local cultural providers to develop a resilience programme that will strengthen partnership working and individual organisations

  • Share CBD as an example of what local people can achieve working with artists more widely: with over 10,000 arts professionals both nationally and internationally


Liza Vallance - Project Lead

Sarah Wickens - Head of Programme

Sophie Merriman - Interim Creative Producer /

Daniel Teixeira - Administrative Officer

Ines Alberty - Marketing & Digital Co-ordinator