We are part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.
Our vision is for the seven market towns to become centres of creativity and inspiration for Fenland and Forest Heath.
By talking to people about the kind of cultural activity they want to see locally, we want to create a distinctive arts programme that’s unique to the people and places that have shaped it. We aim to make a lasting change in communities. With our project we want increase the number of people inspired by the arts, help develop skills, and grow ambition and creativity in their neighbourhoods.
Kate Hall, Project Director for Market Place, says,
“The Creative People and Places programme, which funds Market Place, is all about treading new ground to grow the audiences we haven’t yet reached – I will endeavour to shape our journey so the decision-making process is jointly owned and understood, and most importantly creates work which excites and motivates local people to make art and culture part of their everyday lives”.
This work takes time. Market Place will initially run for three years from 2015, with an ambition to develop a 10-year vision. Long-term collaborations between local people, artists and partners are therefore fundamental to Market Place. They will ensure that cultural programmes will continue to thrive beyond 2017.