About Ignite

Ignite Chelmsford has been connecting people from all backgrounds, sectors, and organisations to give our city a shared voice and a strong creative community. Launching in 2017, it is now able to grow this collaborative work, and join together networks that are working with the best interests of Chelmsford’s cultural identity.

We believe creativity thrives in a warm, open, and encouraging environment where everybody is welcome. We are passionate about helping Chelmsford realise its ambition as a city of creativity and innovation.

If you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries in Chelmsford, have skills in field of work that you think could bring out the best in Chelmsford’s cultural identity – or are simply interested in supporting this work, we would love you to join our community by signing up to our Member Directory.

Here’s what we do

Connect:

Bring different people together, to form friendships, partnerships and collaborations. Building on Chelmsford’s heritage as a city of entrepreneurs and innovation.

Represent:

Give Chelmsford’s Creative Community a clear and influential voice. Gathering knowledge of what is happening ‘on the ground’ to inform strategy and policy.

Champion:

Celebrate Chelmsford as a unique and distinctive city. Highlighting our local cultural, creative, and artistic talent.

Support:

Enable everyone to participate and grow their ideas, projects and talents. Connecting people to the funding, resources and skills they need to develop.

Inspire:

Offer opportunities to learn from and be inspired by others. With lively socials, networking opportunities and links to Essex, UK and beyond.

Connect:

Bring different people together, to form friendships, partnerships and collaborations. Building on Chelmsford’s heritage as a city of entrepreneurs and innovation.

Represent:

Give Chelmsford’s Creative Community a clear and influential voice. Gathering knowledge of what is happening ‘on the ground’ to inform strategy and policy.

Champion:

Celebrate Chelmsford as a unique and distinctive city. Highlighting our local cultural, creative, and artistic talent.

Support:

Enable everyone to participate and grow their ideas, projects and talents. Connecting people to the funding, resources and skills they need to develop.

Inspire:

Offer opportunities to learn from and be inspired by others. With lively socials, networking opportunities and links to Essex, UK and beyond.

How do we achieve all that?

We offer a free open membership to anybody who works, volunteers, or studies in the creative and cultural industries.

You won’t be asked to show evidence of an art degree, or a CV packed with creative achievements.

Neither do you have to have created anything yourself (yet!). Whatever your background or starting point, all you need is a genuine interest in creativity and culture in Chelmsford, and a willingness to share your ideas.

In return, you’ll gain access to a wealth of benefits, including:

• Member directory
• Calendar of social and collaborative events
• Creative support
• Advocacy and resources

By connecting and sparking new ideas with other creative people and organisations, you can help bring Chelmsford’s shared cultural vision, Towards 2040 to life.

More About Our Membership Benefits.

Member Directory

Our growing Member Directory contains a wealth of amazing people connecting, creating, collaborating, seeking support and inspiration. All with the same goal of igniting a passion for Chelmsford’s creative ambitions.

If you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries in Chelmsford or have skills in field of work that you think could bring out the best in Chelmsford’s cultural identity, sign up now.

Events

Our events are hosted in the city as well as online. Attend our monthly socials and regular creative events to enjoy a relaxed, place to meet and share ideas, helping ideas to grow and take hold. Our online, monthly Hub events are an ideal platform to promote what you are doing and call out for collaboration.

Collaboration

Essex 2020, Year of Science and Creativity provided inspiration for Chelmsford to launch the Hub – a friendly, open, and multi-sector group focused on delivering local activities and events across the city.

Through the Hub we have developed a strong sense of co-operation. We hold a monthly online gathering to connect, converse, and collaborate, sharing and supporting each-other’s work in practical, ‘hands-on’ ways.

So, whether you’re curating Chelmsford’s next big festival, starting a new creative business, or need some help producing an activity, you can make connections and find support, simply by joining up and logging in.

Advocacy

In addition to the Member Directory, the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership provides a voice for our members and the wider creative sector.

Launched in 2018, the partnership is made up of selected members and represents the views of Chelmsford’s diverse communities and sectors. They guide the delivery of our shared cultural vision, using their knowledge to inform, challenge, and feed into strategic development opportunities to enable meaningful action.

More About Our Membership Benefits.

Member Directory

Lots of amazing people connecting, creating, collaborating, seeking support and inspiration. Helping Chelmsford realise its ambition as a city of creativity and innovation.

If you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries in Chelmsford, stick your flag in the ground and connect with others

Events

Hosted throughout the city and online, our monthly socials and regular creative events provide a relaxed, place to meet and share ideas, helping ideas to grow and take hold.

Collaboration

Essex 2020, Year of Science and Creativity provided inspiration for Chelmsford to launch a friendly, open, and multi-sector group focused on delivering local activities and events across the city.

Through this hub we have developed a strong sense of co-operation. We hold a monthly online gathering to connect, converse, and collaborate, sharing and supporting each-other’s work in practical, ‘hands-on’ ways.

So, whether you’re curating Chelmsford’s next big festival, starting a new creative business, or need some help producing an activity… you can make connections and find support, simply by joining up and logging in.

Advocacy

The Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership provides a voice for our members and the wider creative sector.

Launched in 2018 the partnership represents the views of Chelmsford’s diverse communities and sectors. They guide the delivery of our shared cultural vision, using their knowledge to inform, challenge, and feed into strategic development opportunities to enable meaningful action.

Email: hello@ignitechelmsford.org.uk

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