About Us

Put simply, we’re about the good times...

Or rather, bringing people together to make the good times happen

Bring a community together and great things can happen, for the local area and its people.

We work together with local people to do just that. We build proper relationships with communities across Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield, and North East Derbyshire to make inspiring arts and cultural things happen.

Magician Joel Dickinson on stage

Something a little different – Cabaret Curry Night in Clay Cross © Lamar Francois 2019

From putting on outdoor art festivals to supporting family art events in communities, we offer a wide range of ways for local people and partners to have their say, take part, develop, give new cultural things a whirl and make quality art events and activities happen.

Performer tightrope walking on special structure for the Belly of the Whale at the Full Shebang festival

Belly of the Whale by Ockham’s Razor at The Full Shebang © Lamar Francois 2019

First Art is a registered charity (no. 1193429).

The First Art charity leads the First Art Creative People and Places (CPP) programme, part of the Creative People and Places network, funded by Arts Council England.

We do this with a consortium made up of Creswell Crags, Junction Arts, Active Partners Trust, and Bolsover Community Voluntary Service.

Our area

We work in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire

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The CPP Network

We're part of the Creative People and Places network funded by the Arts Council England

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The Team

Small but perfectly formed, find out who we are

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Our Partners

First Art is a registered charity working with partners to help deliver the programme

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