They worked with a range of local partners and stakeholders to prepare an application to Arts Council England for Creative People and Places funding, which was secured in 2015. The Consortium meets regularly to monitor the progress of the project, discussing its successes and challenges. The range of knowledge and expertise across the Consortium enables the project to thrive.
Lead Consortium Partner: ADeC is an independent arts charity; nationally recognised for providing consistent, sustainable arts development work in Cambridgeshire since 1995. Working with a committed team of volunteers, ADeC run Ely cinema, The Babylon Gallery and manage a regular live events programme which includes music, comedy and theatre. ADeC founded the Ely Sinfonia, Ely Samba Band and were intrinsic to the establishment of Ely Folk Festival, Eel Day and the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. They offer advice and guidance to local art groups, schools and museums and are a lead organisation for the Cambridgeshire ‘Arts Alive in Libraries’ programme. ADeC deliver Arts Award adviser training and have successfully run the award with young people since 2007. They are members of the Young Fenland Cultural Consortium, which audits and develops provision for young people; and are a founder member of CS3, the culture and sport consortium covering Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In addition, ADeC has excellent working relationships with Forest Heath, Fenland, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk local authority arts officers who are playing an active role in the facilitating of Market Place. ADeC are based in Ely, which sits at the centre of the Forest Heath and Fenland web of Market Towns. They have supported a range of arts initiatives in these regions and built effective relationships with MAP (Music Arts Project) and 20Twenty Productions. As the lead organisation for Market Place, they will use their extensive experience of working collaboratively with communities, grass roots arts groups, arts organisations and artists to help deliver the project vision.Visit website: www.babylonarts.org.uk
20TwentyProductions is a hugely successful arts organisation based within Cambridgeshire. We offer children and young people creative opportunities within performing arts, film, digital media, arts and crafts, events and music as well as providing general community arts support. 20TwentyProductions team runs Creative Forums and works across four towns in Fenland to develop, support, and deliver Market Place activities. They are rooted deeply in their community and their participation is key to the success of the Market Place project.Visit website: www.20twentyproductions.co.uk
The New Wolsey Theatre is a 400 seat regional theatre with a national reputation for the quality, range and reach of its work and for embracing cultural diversity in the widest sense. It is central to the creative life of Suffolk and seeks to expand the horizons of audiences and artists by presenting a programme designed to entertain, enrich and challenge.
Nationally renowned for its producing work both as a sole producer and in collaboration with a diverse range of UK artists and companies the New Wolsey has a particular reputation for musical work, often employing actor-musicians. It is increasingly acknowledged as a leading player in the development of new musicals staging the world premieres of It’s A Wonderful Life, 20th Century Boy and Mods & Rox. In 2013, they produced a national tour of the Tim Firth and Madness musical Our House, using the same actor-musician formation, and in 2014 co-produced Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera alongside Graeae Theatre Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2015, they continued their actor-musician producing work with a brand new version of Sweet Charity.
The development of new talent is a priority for the New Wolsey and the annual PULSE Festival acts as a spring-board for fresh new artistic voices, as well as providing a home for risk-taking and cutting edge performance from more established artists.
Alongside its work on stage, the New Wolsey runs an extensive Creative Learning programme which aims to provide opportunities for individuals to access innovative high quality arts provision and develop their creative, personal and social skills.
The New Wolsey Theatre has a proven track record of championing disabled led theatre and from 2016 will lead the strategic touring project Ramps On The Moon, involving 6 mid-scale theatres and one consulting partner to work on embedding more awareness of deaf and disabled actors, audiences and participants. In 2013, they launched ‘Agent for Change’ – an initiative to create a freelance post to extend its engagement with disability arts and artists in the eastern region and to provide a support network for artists and arts organisations.
Market Place benefits from the artistic vision and networks of New Wolsey Theatre as well as their marketing advice and support.Visit website: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Steph is Programme Manager for Festival Bridge working to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to experience, take part and lead great arts and culture. She’s also a choreographer, a community theatre director and a Jazzercise Instructor, putting on dancing shoes whenever she can. She’s worked for local authorities, Arts Council England, The Sage Gateshead, Youth Music and London 2012. The best bit of all these jobs is when she gets to connect talented people with ideas with skilled people who can make them real. Steph feels very lucky to be able to do just that close to home.Visit website:
Music Arts Project (MAP) is a community arts organisation based in Brandon, Suffolk. Their aim is to provide opportunities for the local community to participate in the arts, and to offer employment and training opportunities for young people studying in the arts. Through this, MAP hopes that members of the community will engage with their social skills and meet with others to enhance their creative experience.
MAP have been a Consortium member from the outset of Market Place and played an active part in developing the programme of arts engagement for Forest Heath. We are grateful to MAP for their support and input to the project during its first years. Music Arts Project are no longer a member of the Consortium, but they remain a supporter and active in the local community.
Visit website: www.musicartsproject.com
MAP have been a positive and integral part of the Consortium since the start and we are pleased and excited that the relationship has enabled MAP to grow and leave the nest. MAP have developed new training programmes, work placements and volunteer opportunities within their existing environment in Brandon and have the confidence and learning to create new and exciting activities and opportunities for children and parents alike in new areas. — Eugene Pryer, MAP Director and Chairman