Arts Network Sutton - we want to hear from you

The Arts Network Sutton (ANS) Executive Committee is excited to be working in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, to review our operations and improve our fundraising potential. Our aim is to enhance what we offer to our Members and the wider community. 

We want to begin this consultation process by collecting feedback from you to help inform our work in the future. Whether you're a Member past or present, or someone who sees the importance of the arts and cultural scene in our borough - your voice is important to us. 

This work is crucial if we collectively want to grow the Network and its role in the local community. We would like to reaffirm our commitment to our Members and the creative community and work with you to re-imagine the way we engage with each other.  

We really appreciate your time spent on this and all the feedback you can give. We estimate it will take around 20-30 minutes to answer all the questions.

The deadline for receiving your response is Friday 3rd November.

Your feedback will be shared with Dijana Rakovic, Senior Producer at Counterpoints Arts, who is working with us towards fundraising for the period 2023 to 2025. The results of this consultation with you all will be put into an anonymised report and shared with our strategic partners. The initial outcomes of this consultation will be shared at our next AGM in November.      

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ABOUT YOU
Tell us about your current practice / your work
Which of these best describe your involvement with the arts? (Tick all that apply) *
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Your Arts Network Sutton Membership Status
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We are interested in the types of art-forms that our members and local creative community practice and engage in. Which of these apply to you?
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If you are a practicing artist or group, what does your practice consist of? Give us some details about how you currently work. (up to 150 words)
What challenges are you facing in your creative practice / your work in the arts? (up to 200 words)
Looking ahead, what potential creative work would you like to embark on, or which ideas would you like to develop? Tell us in general terms, rather than mentioning specifics. (up to 200 words)
ABOUT ARTS NETWORK SUTTON - GOVERNANCE & OPERATIONS

Our constitution states that Arts Network Sutton (ANS) aims to promote, champion, nurture and act as a voice for the diverse range of arts in the London Borough of Sutton (LBS). As a registered charity, ANS seeks to engage more local residents in cultural activities, particularly the arts, and support an increase in arts activities. 

We are a voluntary organisation headed by an Executive Committee.

We organise networking events and training sessions for our members and lead on targeted projects such as the annual Youth Arts Exhibition in partnership with LBS and local schools. Central to our work is our grants giving programme to enable our members to deliver art projects benefiting the local community. 

As this is an opportunity for you to provide feedback and suggest any changes, we are curious to know how you perceive the governance and operations of ANS. We would like to hear what we do well and where improvements can be made. 


Tell us about your experience with ANS -  how it operates, what we offer, our communications etc. If possible, provide three critical reflections - including positives AND negatives. (up to 200 words)
Given your feedback and experiences of ANS, how likely are you to recommend us to other creative practitioners / groups / organisations?
Not likely
Very likely
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If you wish to expand on your response - please share your thoughts here (up to 150 words)
Get involved in Arts Network Sutton Exec Committee:

The Exec Committee is keen to recruit at least one new member to join the existing small team of volunteers. The minimum time commitment roughly 4 hours per month, made up of meetings and completing the resulting actions. 

If you are interested, please indicate below which areas you would consider leading on: 

- Membership development
- Fundraising
Events
Coordinating volunteers
- Other (please state)
ABOUT THE ANS GRANTS PROGRAMME 
One of Arts Network Sutton's main purposes is to award funding to local artists to support community focused arts activities. Historically there have been two opportunities each year for ANS members to apply for grants of up to £1000. 

We'd like to hear briefly what experience you have of the ANS Grants programme. 

If you've previously applied successfully for one or more ANS Grants, tell us a bit about that experience - when was it, what were the benefits? (up to 100 words)
If you've previously applied unsuccessfully for an ANS Grants, tell us a bit about that experience - when was it, what did you learn, did you reapply? (up to 100 words)
If you've never applied for an ANS Grant, is there a specific reason why you've decided not to? (up to 100 words)
How could we develop and improve the grants programme in a way that might best support your practice? (up to 200 words)
ABOUT ARTS NETWORK SUTTON 2023-2025
Thinking ahead to how we could develop our offer over the next few years...
An Arts Network Sutton's ambition is to build further connections with local schools within LBS and create an inspiring membership for young people living in and/or accessing education within Sutton.

What kind of opportunities would you like to suggest that we focus on in the next few years that might help us achieve this ambition? These could be activities we already do that you might like to see develop in some way, and/or give us new ideas. (up to 200 words)
What other opportunities would you like to suggest that we focus on in the next few years to help us fulfil our constitutional purpose (i.e. to promote, champion, nurture and act as a voice for the diverse range of arts" or "to engage more local residents in cultural activities, particularly the arts, and support an increase in arts activities)? These could be activities we already do that you might like to see develop in some way, and/or give us new ideas. (up to 200 words)
YOUR COMMUNITY AND NETWORKS
Community and our role in it is important to us. We'd love to hear about the work you do that involves local communities and groups within London Borough of Sutton. This information will help us learn where our work can be most effective and support our future funding bids.
What needs and challenges do you see in your own networks and communities? (up to 200 words)
In what ways might Arts Network Sutton be able to help address those needs and challenges? (up to 200 words)
IMPACT OF ARTS NETWORK SUTTON
What impact has Arts Network Sutton already had on your creative practice and your personal development / your work? (up to 150 words)
How could Arts Network Sutton support the development of your creative practice / personal development / your work in the next three to five years? (up to 200 words)
What potential role can you imagine Arts Network Sutton having on the local arts infrastructure in the same period? (up to 150 words)
DEMOGRAPHICS INFORMATION
We are often asked by our funders (including the local council) about how our Network is made up. We would appreciate if you could share some information in order for us to get a current picture of our Network diversity. What we learn will be important in telling the 'story' of our Network when fundraising in the future. 

Respecting your privacy is important so each of these questions has the option 'prefer not to say'. 

If you are responding on behalf of a community group or business, please mark the questions 'not applicable'. Thanks.
Ethnicity
Please choose from:
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Sexual orientation:
Which description best describe your sexual orientation:

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Your age:
0 - 19, 20 - 34, 35 - 49, 50 - 64, 65 - 74, 75 plus
Prefer not to say
Not known
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Disability status
Do you identify as D/deaf and/or Disabled person, or have a long term health condition?

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Neurodivergent:
Do you consider yourself to be Neurodivergent:

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Sex:

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Gender:

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Sex registered at birth
Is your gender identity different to your sex registered at birth:

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Thank you for your time in completing this consultation. ANS Executive Committee 
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