Well, good job I tried one more time, as I got to speak to Lucy Jeffries who was very helpful in person.
She says there are two ways to go, with looking for funding and that is from the Arts Council as an individual (I think Dan Thompson from the Pop Up Shops project – among many others like #riotcleanup – will know all about this).
Or I need to form a non-profits organisation and then I can apply for various grants (up to £5000) from the council. I can get lots of info about setting up a non-profits group from The Resource Centre website.
Basically the Arts Council are looking for you to add value to the art form you are working with and the Brighton City Council grants are looking at the impact you are making (for good or ill) on residents of the city.
I think it’s time to have a coffee with Dan, who I know well from the days when he helped me get art into my boutique hotel The Acacia and I used to host his Revolutionary Arts Group (RAG) in the living room of the hotel.
Amazing how one phone call can move things along quite a bit!