National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)

We’re delighted that Inspire has been chosen to join Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.  As a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Inspire will receive regular funding from the Arts Council, totalling £249,999 each year. This funding started on 1 April 2018 and runs until 2022.

This is the first time that library services have been eligible to apply to become part of the National Portfolio and we’re excited to be able to build on our successful programme of arts and cultural events held throughout our libraries.

We’ll deliver an ambitious plan of work to:

  • create an exciting programme of arts and cultural activities and events for children, young people and their families
  • develop innovative cultural programmes for under 5s
  • deliver a range of arts activity accessible to young people with disabilities
  • develop and innovate digital arts.

The events, workshops and performances made possible by this funding will be listed below or you can sign up to our news & events for children and families mailing list and we'll email details of relevant events over the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you into one of our Inspire venues soon.

Work with us - an artist in residence opportunity!

As part of our 2018 – 2022 NPO agreement the Arts Service will commission artists in residence to create and deliver a programme of visual arts and literacy activity in libraries for children and families. Stimulating creativity and imagination, artists will enhance our existing library programmes and influence new directions using their professional expertise and leave a legacy of collaborative work as published, digital or made work.

We are looking for one visual artist and one author/writer (noting some authors are also illustrators and some artists use words and stories as their practice).

If you are interested in this opportunity please download the full brief here: Artist in Residence 2019 Brief

Here's what's coming up...