always possible are appointed curators and programme managers of Essex 2020
WHAT IS IT?
ESSEX 2020: A YEAR OF CREATIVITY
Essex 2020: Year of Creativity – Celebrating Science & The Arts is the working title for an Essex-wide, year-long programme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) commissioned by Essex Partners(EP) Chelmsford City Council (CCC) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).
Essex 2020 will be a series of meaningful events, exhibitions, projects and curated opportunities for every Essex resident to encounter in some way.
The year-long programme will be rooted around a number of large, anchor events, such as the British Science Festival in September 2020, Essex Book Festival in March 2020 and the Spirit of Essex Festival in June 2020.
WHO IS RUNNING IT?
The programme will be curated and organised by always possible – a strategic place-making and projects company, who have expertise at working in depth on imaginative programmes in education, business & technology and arts & culture.
All events will be co-designed and supported in partnership with Essex’s local communities, businesses and education institutions.
The management of the programme will be overseen by a Steering Group and a Strategic Board, comprised of a number of local authority, creative industries, university, education, community and business leaders.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Essex 2020 will seek to engage people at every level of participation, every age and from every community.
There will be a number of geographical ‘zones’ that cover every part of the county, ensuring that every resident has access to a full range of programme types and new experiences within a short travel distance from their home.
There will be targeted and specialised programme activity that allow for in-depth and extended opportunity for entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, children & young people, older people, and people with potential access or barriers to participation.
The programme will amplify and celebrate all of the existing projects and opportunities in Essex that promote creativity, curiosity, diversity, innovation and sustainability.
Every organisation working with STEAM ideas will be supported to submit programme ideas, apply for resources and help shape the reach and outcomes of Essex 2020.
New commissions that bring new opportunities and/or national/international resources and innovation into Essex will also be developed in-line with the programme’s aims.
Funding has been committed to the curation and organisation of Essex 2020 by Essex County Council, with support from Chelmsford City Council. Funding has been committed to the delivery of the British Science Festival by Anglia Ruskin University.
A major aim of Essex 2020 is to work closely with major strategic funding bodies (such as Arts Council England, Innovate UK, The Wellcome Trust and the Heritage Fund) in order to make it easier for both grassroots and major cultural, education and business organisations to develop events for the programme (and beyond).
Grants from a range of organisations, including The University of Essex, Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust and Essex Cultural Diversity Project, will be ringfenced or targeted to support local projects to develop Essex 2020 activity.
Appropriate corporate sponsorship will be sought for some elements of the programme.
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED?
always possible is engaging with a great number of major arts, business, education and public services organisations from the start to understand how best to engage the communities in which they work.
A website, application form and information hub will be launched in Summer 2019, explaining how organisations and individuals can be a part of the programme.
In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with questions or ideas by emailing
Success for Essex 2020 is centred on creating the conditions for sustainable partnerships, new joined-up stories about living/working/studying in Essex, more confident cross-sector innovation and the embedding of creative and cultural practice in everyday experiences.
The mission is to create new long-term partnerships and opportunity in the understanding of, and access to, STEAM learning and business investment in Essex beyond 2020.
We want people to be talking about the experiences they had, and what they were enabled to do, for many years to come.