Partners

Forestry England
Cloudspotting takes place at the Gisburn Forest Hub, on land managed by Forestry England (aka Forestry Commission). We are indebted to the Bowland Beat Manager Martin Colledge and his dedicated staff team for a whole manner of support, namely: site management, access, infrastructure, power sourcing, car parking, provision of environmentally sustainable solutions and general strategic support and hands-on help at the Festival. All car parking / live-in vehicle fees, go towards the essential work of the Forestry in making the Festival happen.
United Utilities Ltd
Although managed by the Forestry Commission, the Gisburn Forest estate is owned, along with Stocks Reservoir, by United Utilities plc. UU own some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes and they are committed to keeping these spectacular sites open to the public. They have supported Cloudspotting with a series of small grants since 2017.
The Grand, Clitheroe
The Grand Venue is a charitable trust based in nearby Clitheroe, that oversees a 400-capacity venue and auditorium, a recording studio, Clitheroe Skate Park and a range of creative learning and community outreach projects.
Many of its staff and former staff team help out at Cloudspotting and the venue offers support-in-kind in areas of ticketing and technical support, helping the festival meet its objective of providing fabulous production standards for a small festival. We are grateful to the ongoing support from The Grand, which this year is also the main sponsor of our Family Arts programme.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England (ACE) supported our proposal for Cloudspotting 2020 with a project grant and allowed us to carry this grant over for 2021 following cancellation of the event in 2020. We are extremely grateful for their flexibility and support in what has been a difficult time for the arts industry.
A range of project grants down the years have helped Cloudspotting achieve its long term vision and create a legacy for outdoor arts provision in north east Lancashire.
We also recognise the support ACE have given to our partner network organisations such as ‘Northern Festival Network’ and ‘Big Imaginations’ in helping us access high quality family arts work we might not have otherwise been able to present.
Creative Lancashire
Part of Lancashire County Council, Ed Matthews-Gentle and the Creative Lancashire team raise the profile of the county’s creative talent. They have been a permanent source of strategic advice since the outset of Cloudspotting in 2011, providing occasional programming support, programme production support and general business support.
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Ribble Valley Borough Council have supported Cloudspotting by granting licences and logistical support. They have also awarded small grants to help with the Festival’s ongoing arts development. We appreciate their flexibility in allowing us to carry a grant over from 2020 to help present The Celestial Sound Cloud at Cloudspotting 2021 and previous help in developing the In the Pines glade and stage area.
UCLAN
One of our more recent partnerships has been with Lee Ivett, architecture lecturer at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). We have integrated the development of our ‘In The Pines’ stage with Lee and the UCLAN architecture students to build a stage and outdoor classroom shelter for year-round use at Gisburn Forest.