The Creative People and Places programme is designed to ensure more people create and experience great arts and culture in the places where they live. Following an initial investment of £37 million across 2013-16, the Arts Council is investing a further £10 million in projects in 2016-19, in two funding rounds and have invested over £5 million in six existing Creative People and Places projects, to help them build on their achievements and to continue to develop and deliver new arts and cultural activity in their communities.
Three of the projects are in the North:
Darts (Doncaster Community Arts) – £775,530
Phase Two funding for Right Up Our Street will focus on sustaining audience engagement, extending artistic ambition and embedding community decision making. It will challenge audiences by showcasing awe-inspiring work as well as home-grown professional, non-professional and emerging talent.
Blackpool Coastal Housing – £1,000,000
LeftCoast plans to creatively develop the unique cultural DNA of Blackpool and Wyre into a place where it is possible to be yourself, experiment and produce amazing new work. It will remain artistically highly ambitious and continue to challenge how, where and by whom, high quality art is experienced.
Woodhorn Charitable Trust (bait) – £998,421
The bait programme will continue to work in partnership with organisations that people know and trust, to commission inspiring and risk-taking arts activities at multiple scales. The organisation will broker connections to enable communities and artists to make great work together and support skills development and wellbeing outcomes for people taking part. Connecting to a series of exciting events taking place in the area, it will create increased profile for the arts.
Phil Cave, Director Engagement and Audiences, Arts Council England said:
“I’m excited by all the activity created through Creative People and Places that has already taken place to date and by the vision of the successful applicants. “All the projects have the potential to make a visible and lasting impact on the places where the work will happen and, very importantly, they all share the ambition to unite increased access with excellent art. “We’re looking forward to seeing how these projects will build on their achievements, sharing great art for everyone – which is crucial to the vitality and long-term sustainability of the arts.”