A hub for creativity

Colchester is home to a thriving and expanding creative, cultural and digital sector, including over 3,500 businesses as well as highly regarded and established leading arts organisations such as the Mercury Theatre, Firstsite, Colchester Arts Centre and Signals Media Arts. We’ve got great cultural heritage and growing digital sector.

Colchester is recognised nationally as a hub for creativity: by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) as a Creative, Cultural and Digital Hub for North Essex, by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) as a creative cluster as well as being recognised in the government’s Industrial Strategy Sector Deal for the Creative Industries and we want to celebrate this and showcase the talent, skills and opportunities that are here.

The Creative Colchester Partnership brings together creative business and arts organisation leaders alongside Higher Education and Local Authority representatives who work on developing a strategic vision to grow Colchester’s creative, cultural and digital economy.

This website is intended as a platform for people in the creative, cultural and digital sector in Colchester, to promote jobs, opportunities and events in the area.

Creative Colchester Partnership

Arts Council England

The national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. Supporting a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries.

Colchester Arts Centre

A performance venue housed in a redundant church in the town centre, the programme presents an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, theatre, comedy, live art, rock & pop, children's shows and more.

Colchester Digital

A long-established group of people involved in the digital industries in Colchester who meet monthly at 37 Queen Street to socialise, discuss ideas and explore issues around their work.

Colchester Institute

A ‘mixed economy’ provider of further and higher education across a wide range of vocational subjects.

Creative Coop

Established in 2003, Creative Coop is a Colchester based design studio specialising in Branding, Design and Web Development.

ECC Culture & Community

ECC's Culture and Community Engagement team is part of the Culture and Green Spaces service which seeks to promote the culture and identity of the county.

This is Fever

An award-winning, creative agency delivering unique Branding, Design and Digital experiences across a diverse range of sectors; including the design and development of Creative Colchester.


A public contemporary art gallery situated in Colchester, making and showing great art and culture to help all communities be happier and healthier together.

Ginger Nut Training

Training for most office based qualifications right up to degree level through government funded apprenticeship programs for new and existing staff.

HAT Projects

An award-winning architecture, urbanism and co-design practice working nationally on projects including masterplans, cultural and community buildings, workspace, housing and public realm.

Mercury Theatre

A highly respected regional theatre that contributes to the development of new talent and new audiences, and carves out a truly national reputation for the quality of the work that it makes.

Red Cactus Media

Video production for entertainment and consumer brands especially within health and wellness.


A digital arts charity that works across East Anglia using creative digital learning. We provide community projects, courses and video production for hire.

Stone Productions Creative Ltd

Media buying, including corporate and commercial production, PR, Social Media plus Indoor and outdoor event production.

Colchester Amphora Trading Ltd

Wholly owned by Colchester Borough Council and comprising a range of direct trading business, property and development services offered on a consultancy basis to a range of public and private sector clients.

Colchester Borough Council

Local Authority for the Borough of Colchester

37 Queen Street

SPACE’s first out-of-London studios, SPACE Colchester was opened in February 2017 offering 37 creative studios, a workspace facility and cultural venue at 37 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex. Set in Colchester Old Police Station, a listed building in the heart the town’s creative quarter, SPACE Colchester provides the local community with 12,000 sq ft of creative space, co-working desk space, workshops and training programmes, and showcasing facilities for the creative and digital industries.