Applications now open to be on the Dock Local Panel

Art & Culture

Applications now open to be on the Dock Local Panel

UPDATE: Please note applications for the Dock Local Panel are now closed!

Applications now open for eight Royal Dock’s Creative Connectors to join the Dock Local Panel, and programme cultural activities in a ‘Creative Connectors Takeover’ of the Dock Local Programme!

Are you a Creative Connector, who wants to be part of a panel choosing creative activities and events for your communities, friends and neighbours in the Royal Docks? Are you a champion for arts and culture locally, and able to commit to at least two hours a month for up to a year?

If you answered yes to the above, then keep reading to find out more and how to apply! NB. If you are not yet a Creative Connector, don’t worry you can join and apply for the Dock Local Panel at the same time.

Last year, we launched the Royal Docks Cultural Placemaking Strategy, which sets out a big vision for the Royal Docks to become the Cultural Engine of London, placing culture and creativity centre stage in the future life of the area, with people at its heart.

As part of this vision, we are setting up the Dock Local Panel to support communities to decide what events and activities to put on as part of Dock Local, a year-round programme for the people who live here. Think regular Friday night gigs at your local cafe, fun days for all the family, as well as taking a role in the most spectacular elements in the programme - all on your ‘doorstep’. Together with you, we want to make sure that the Royal Docks is an area that everyone wants to be a part of, and no one wants to leave.

The Dock Local Panel will be ambassadors for the Royal Docks cultural programme, connecting friends, family and colleagues to creative and cultural activities. Panellists will be provided with an annual budget to select and programme some key events in the annual programme. Working together, and with the wider Creative Connectors group, panellists will use their local knowledge and networks to help select events that appeal to diverse communities across the Royal Docks. Whilst not a decision-making panel for the wider Royal Docks Team cultural programme, panellists will also get to feedback ideas and thoughts on the other parts of the programme.

You don’t need cultural programming or event experience to apply, all we ask for is enthusiasm, an open mind and a passion for arts and culture in your local area. This is a voluntary role, with a monthly commitment of two hours, so please do think about this time commitment before applying. There will be training and professional development opportunities, as well as two funded (tickets and travel) research trips annually to see cultural events outside the Royal Docks. Up to eight Creative Connectors will be selected to be on the panel and membership of the panel is for one year, from April 2022 – March 2023, and then applications will open again for new members.

If you are interested, please APPLY NOW!

What network in the Royal Docks is most suitable for me to join and can I join if I am part of another Royal Docks Network?

You might find that as a creative professional, or working as part of a creative organisation, that the Creative Partners Network is more suited. Applications for the pilot phase are now closed but will open up again towards the end of the year. This doesn’t mean that as an individual you can’t join the Creative Connectors, but if you are part of both, certain opportunities may not be applicable.

If you have any questions, please read our FAQs, and if you have a question not covered here, please get in touch by emailing Lucy Loveday:

Deadline to apply: 25 March, 5pm

Application decision: w/c 4 April

Download our FAQs here.