Supporting Artists

Gulbenkian is committed to nurturing and supporting emerging artists, in particular graduates of the University of Kent and local artists.


Animate Arts CompanyAnimate
Animate Arts is a collective of professional artists and performers collaborating together to create and deliver unique workshops, experiences and artworks for audiences of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Animate Arts actively seeks communities and individuals to get creative, engage into the Arts and explore
themes of well-being, community cohesion and participation.


Run by Artistic Director Jo Frater to promote dance and movement as a holistiConfidancec tool for personal development to empower people with and without special needs.  Confidance uses dance, theatre and performance to promote the skills and abilities of those with special needs to educate the public through direct experience and interaction in order to foster a more compassionate
and unprejudiced society that celebrates differences



Companies we work in association with:


Folk In The Barn


Beautiful Town Music


Artswork (South East Bridge)artswork

Artswork’s mission is to place the arts and cultural practice at the heart of work with, for and by children and young people – particularly those deemed to be at risk – and to champion, lead and facilitate high quality work led by artists and arts and cultural organisations including the development of young arts and creative practitioners and leaders.