“In giving this award to Barrow, Arts Council England are recognising that there is skill and talent here and that although many folk are already engaged with the arts, many, many more can and will do in the future because here in Barrow we have huge potential,” added Rachel Ashton, Ashton Group Theatre
Watch this space for information and updates as we work to get ready to start in November and begin to share all the opportunities for everyone to be involved in shaping what activities and experiences are available for the whole community. We will be launching social media as the programme starts and hope everyone can post their ideas, photos and creations on there for us all to see and enjoy. Barrovians, and all the very many lovely honorary Barrovians, have the most wonderful ideas and creative minds.
“This Programme will offer the opportunity for us all to work alongside some fabulous world class artists and creators who can help us translate these ideas into creative pieces for others to enjoy and learn from”, Glenn Boulter, Artistic Director Full of Noises and part of the Barra Culture team.
“One of the fabulous things about the Programme is that it celebrates the many different strands of arts and culture and we hope that means that there will really be something for everyone. I am looking forward to all of it”, Kerry Kolbe, Co-Director Signal Film and Media and Barra Culture team member.
If you want to find out more as the work progresses, like our Facebook page, Barrow Creative People and Places (soon to be renamed Barra Culture) where we will post updates and lots of other opportunities to get involved.
The last word goes to Ann Thomson, Leader of Barrow Borough Council, who on hearing the news had the following to say,
“This really is the most marvellous news for our wonderful town. I am a proud Barrovian and love all the wonderful places and people that make Barrow our home. Barrow Borough Council are committed to supporting the Programme by offering the use of its venues including, the Dock Museum, Barrow Park, the Forum, and our beautiful Town Hall, as well as the support of its staff and councillors. I hope everyone gets involved and I am looking forward to seeing the smiles on all the faces of everyone taking part in all the different things that will be organised.”
Creative People and Places
Arts Council England is investing £17.5 million of National Lottery funds in 12 new Creative People and Places projects across England. These projects will create arts experiences for, by and with local communities where people tend to engage less with arts and culture.
The twelve projects are based in places brand new to the Creative People and Places network – four are based in the North, three in the Midlands, two in the South East, two in London and one in the South West, who join the network for the first time.
In response to the incredibly strong applications received for this round, Arts Council England allocated an additional £5million to the budget from their National Lottery contingency, helping more people in more places benefit from this programme.
Three million people have taken part in Creative People and Places projects across 21 different locations since 2012. These projects have already worked with over 800 local partners to put creativity at the heart of the community, including a haulage firm and housing association.