A person stands behind a lectern, pitching their project idea to an audience in The Point at ARC.

Do you have an idea for an amazing new creative activity you’d like to see at ARC? Do you want £1,000 and the support of the ARC team to make your idea a reality? If so, we want to hear from you.

We’re asking anyone with an idea for something they would like to see in ARC’s programme to get in touch. We want to find the best creative ideas so we can keep bringing you more things that you want to see and do. We want ideas from Stockton for Stockton. No experience needed. No expertise necessary. We just need you and your great idea.

All we ask is that your idea is:

  • Creative in some way
  • New (not something that’s already taking place in Stockton)
  • Open to the public
  • Involves local people or people with a connection to Stockton

If your idea sounds like a good fit you just need to get in touch with a brief description of your idea. You can do this by filling in a simple idea form and sending it to [email protected].

Download an application form here.

Paper copies of this form can also be collected from ARC during our opening hours.

You can submit an idea at any time, but ideas submitted by 10am on Monday 25 October 2021 will be considered for the next Pizza and Pitches event on Thursday 18 November 2021 (7pm). Ideas sent in after this will be considered at a future date.

What happens next?

Our community panel will read all the proposed ideas and choose the best ideas to go forward to our Pizza and Pitches event. For this we’ll ask you to prepare a four minute pitch to sell your idea to the public to try and win their vote. We’ll help you prepare for your pitch, and if you’re not the most confident public speaker you can ask somebody else to pitch for you. We even have some willing volunteers on the ARC team to get your idea over if you can’t phone a friend.

Once everyone’s ideas have been pitched we’ll ask the public to vote for the one they would most like to see and count up the votes.

If your idea wins the most votes we’ll give you £1,000 and our full support in bringing your idea to life.

If you’ve never done anything like this before we know you might be unsure about jumping in with both feet. That’s why we’re always happy to have an informal chat about any ideas you’ve got before you send them in. To arrange a chat with our Programmes Manager, Chloe, call 01642 665190 or email [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does my idea need to be?

A: If you just have your basic idea a few sentences explaining what it is you want to do will be fine, However if you already have thoughts on some of details you can include these to help give our community panel a good sense of your thinking, and your vision for the event. If you’re unsure if you’ve written too much or not enough it’s a great time to get in touch and have a chat with us before you send your idea form in.

Q: What do you mean by ‘a creative activity’?

A: We want Pizza and Pitches to help us find new ideas, including things we’d never think of ourselves, so there’s no exhaustive list of what we mean by a ‘creative activity’. To help you understand what we mean the best way to think about it is to ask ‘Does my idea allow people to be make or create something themselves, or to enjoy something that was made or created by others?’ If the answer is yes then chances are it’s a creative idea.

Q: Creative activities need to be open to the public. Does that mean they need to be open to everyone?

A: No. We’ve had projects in the past that were targeted towards working with people of a certain age, gender, or social background. The only limit is that the activity can’t be specifically for the benefit of an existing group of people or club.

Q: If I’m not from Stockton can I still apply for Pizza and Pitches?

A: Yes. We want all ideas to be created with the people of Stockton in mind, which is why we ask for a connection to the local area. This is easiest if you are from Stockton, but we’re also happy to receive ideas from people who aren’t from Stockton but have a connection here. That way we can be more confident the idea will appeal to and benefit local people.

Q: No experience or expertise is required. Can I still apply if I do have experience or expertise in my idea?

A: Yes, we want to give everyone the opportunity to take part. If you are a professional artist or practitioner, or have other experience that can help make your idea happen then we’d love to hear from you too. If you don’t have any experience or expertise don’t worry we have connections with a huge range of professional artists and other creatives who provide lots of different kinds of experiences to people across the country and beyond.