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

Download the form as a Word document

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 Tuesday 31 August 2021 will be considered for the next Pizza and Pitches event on Wednesday 22 September 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


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