About us

Creative Future exists to nurture under-represented artists and writers in their creative development, leading them to high quality professional creative practice. We provide skills training, mentoring, exhibiting, promoting and publishing opportunities.

Creative Future promotes artistic excellence, encouraging arts diversity by providing opportunities to under-represented artists. We’re a bridge from the margins to the mainstream, a catalyst for individual change, enabling people to use their creative talent to change their lives. Using innovative methods to bring new art to new audiences, we’re unique in the breadth of people we work with and the depth in how we work with them.

Creative Future was established in March 2007 by Dominique De-Light and Simon Powell. Based in Brighton, working across the South East with national events, we’ve held over 70 happenings with audiences totalling tens of thousands. We’ve engaged nearly 4000 people in our activities and delivered over 240 courses and workshops.

Creative Future core values are:

  • artistic excellence
  • uncompromising access to opportunities
  • empower people to achieve positive change
  • encouraging diversity & inclusion in the arts
  • learning through evaluation/reflection
  • professionalism

Find out more about what we do here

What Do We Mean by Under-Represented?

We work with those who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance.

What Other Organisations Say About Us

“They provide a continuous pathway from artistic engagement to professional artistic practice delivering high quality art and writing workshops, mentoring, national events and follow on opportunities.”


“We have consistently been impressed by their nurturing, welcoming approach which creates bespoke and meaningful pathways to integration and success for people facing multiple, complex and compounded issues.  Creative Future is unique in that it combines its expertise in aiding hard-to-reach people with high-quality, professional artistic standards.”


“I’ve been really impressed by the work of Creative Future in helping support under-represented artists to develop skills and confidence – confidence as an artist, and also growing self esteem as work is exhibited and skills developed. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer more clients to your very valuable and well-placed service.”
Community Links worker


“It has been a pleasure to work with such a valuable, dynamic and unique charity.”


“Creative Future workshops enable us to offer a wider range of activities to our service users that we couldn’t otherwise offer. The Creative Future tutor has a depth of experience and level of expertise that we simply don’t have in the staff team.”

Luke Williams, Manager of Lewes and Newhaven Your Way

Our Funders

Thank you to our funders:

  • Arts Council England
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Bupa Foundation
  • The Cabinet Office
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Crawley Borough Council

 We support the #NOFREEWORK campaign – that all creative freelancers should be paid.

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