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November 2017

We are delighted that our Phase 1 funding has been extended to celebrate the project's achievements. Market Place are looking for an organisation to create an engaging programme for 2018. We are seeking expressions of interest from artists, arts organisations, partnerships or consortia...

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November 2017

Fire&Flint in Brandon is the true community arts project celebrating local heritage and looking and dreaming about what future would look like in Brandon. We are delighted to have worked with a range of creative individuals and organisations, who contributed to the event. If you want...

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November 2017

We are delighted to announce that Market Place has been awarded further funding from Arts Council England. As part of Creative People and Places programme we will continue our work in 2018-2021 across Fenland and Forest Heath to bring new audiences to the arts. Phase 2 of Market Place...

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October 2017

In Collusion launches The Brink of the Future, a new story written by Lucy Sheerman and developed by the people of Wisbech. Step into the future, 100 years from now, and journey with Pipp and her robot friend Caleb as they battle to save the region’s digital memory from draining into...

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October 2017

Newmarket Kite Symphony exhibition celebrates an arts and sports community project brought to life by Market Place in collaboration with Palace House Newmarket: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.  From May till July 2017, lead artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus...

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October 2017

Brandon Fire&Flint was a truly incredible example of a community working together to celebrate their town. This summary gives you a chance to hear from some of the people who worked on the project and took part on the day. Maps featured in both the activities of the Brandon and...

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October 2017

On Saturday 9 September Market Place held a Special Exhibition Heritage Open Day event at Chatteris Museum to celebrate the Chatteris in Myth and Memory project and book, and the museum unveiled the Great Fire of Chatteris Screen Print Banner made in one of our workshops. Our...

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October 2017

Talkin’ bout my generation’ is a Market Place project led by Babylon ARTS that will capture the musical 1960s-80s teenage memories of March, Wisbech, Mildenhall and Brandon. Local Baby Boomers will be supported to explore, celebrate and preserve their experiences of popular...

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October 2017

“Viva La Voce” programme, where participants learn to sing together using improvised vocal techniques, launched in Wisbech two weeks ago and is proving to be popular. Linda Ekins, vocal coach, leads the weekly sessions which are held on Friday evenings from 7pm till 9pm at Queen Mary...

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October 2017

Local artists and creative practitioners interested in developing their practice to work within well-being sector are invited for the FREE workshop on Friday, 17 November, 10am-3pm at March Town Hall.   Inspiring Creativity – Improving Mental Health is a community arts workshop for...

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October 2017

The Creative People and Places (CPP) programme spans 21 large-scale arts-led projects stretching from Northumberland to Kent, Blackpool to Boston. Each project aims to enable local people to take the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places...

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October 2017

Stressed, anxious, depressed or living with a long term health condition? This program using Art is for those suffering from stress, anxiety depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. You don’t need any experience to take part, everyone is welcome from absolute...

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September 2017

We work with a range of artists, arts organisations and community groups supporting them to deliver their own new projects which reach new audiences. Development Commissions are open to anyone wanting to contribute to building the creative offer in the market towns of Forest Heath and...

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September 2017

A National Lottery grant of £63,600 has been awarded to charity Babylon ARTS to save Baby Boomers' memories of the music they listened to as teenagers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This project was inspired by and is the result of the partnerships developed through Market Place, a...

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September 2017

As you know, Market Place, is one of 21 projects that are part of the national Creative People and Places arts engagement programme supported by Arts Council England.  Over the last 3 years we have been contributing to the national evaluation - you might have filled out a questionnaire...

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September 2017

We are lucky to have so many creative individuals involved Brandon Fire & Flint Festival on 23 September. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRANDON FIRE&FLINT HERE PROFILE: MILLIE, The Brandon Heritage Centre It's important to know where you came from Last week our Communications...

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September 2017

Join Dave Tonge, a professional storyteller, as he leads his story walk around Brandon blends fact and fable, truth and lies to tell something of  the unique history of the town while celebrating it’s place in the much wider world. Come one, come all and hear tell Saxon, Medieval and...

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September 2017

We are lucky to have so many creative individuals involved Brandon Fire & Flint Festival on 23 September. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRANDON FIRE&FLINT HERE PROFILE: LEIGH DRIVER, Brandon & District Local History Society Bringing the community together through a shared...

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September 2017

In July this year Newmarket saw the culmination of 3 months work of local community with artists to produce a Newmarket Kite Symphony - a unique experience of arts and sports, movements and sounds, design and flying. Watch this short film about the day: Enjoyed the film? Pop into...

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September 2017

We are lucky to have so many creative individuals involved Brandon Fire & Flint Festival on 23 September. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRANDON FIRE&FLINT HERE PROFILE: JILL BLANCHARD, Secretary of Shoestring Theatre Company I’m looking forward to seeing people getting involved in...

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September 2017

Dan Shorten, the mastermind behind our grand finale digital projection show on the Town Hall, is leading two FREE open workshops in Brandon Library. Come along to find out more about the creative process behind digital mapping. Try your hand at projection mapping, learn some digital...

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September 2017

We are lucky to have so many creative individuals involved Brandon Fire & Flint Festival on 23 September. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRANDON FIRE&FLINT HERE PROFILE: DAN SHORTEN and SASHA SPASIC of Anomic Multimedia I am always looking for projects with ambition Tell us a little...

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August 2017

Many creative individuals have been involved in our Chatteris in Myth and Memory project. As both the illustrator and publisher of the book Richard (Ric) Savage has been a key member of our team throughout. Ric led a pencil drawing workshops on the subject of Black Shuck and created the...

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August 2017

We are lucky to have so many creative individuals involved Brandon Fire & Flint Festival on 23 September. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRANDON FIRE&FLINT HERE PROFILE: CLAIRE HARRIS, founder of  FACE IT, face painting and body art studio   As the story goes, I never looked...

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August 2017

Our Development Commissions programme is in full swing. Deadline or Round 3 applications is tomorrow, 30 August. Meanwhile, we have several projects taking place this week: join us for a launch of a creative careers project for young people in Mildenhall "Who am I?" on 1 September at...

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August 2017

We are looking for heritage crafts people including flintknappers, jewellery makers, blacksmiths, willow weaver, felt workers to take part in our "Fire&Flint" festival day in Brandon on Saturday, 23 September. Stalls and spaces for craft demonstrators and traders will be available...

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August 2017

The Suffolk Poetry Society want to include stories from the local community members as part of the Fire&Flint celebration. We would like to use your stories to inspire ballads and other pieces for performance on 23 September. Share your memories to help create a storyboard to inspire...

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August 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of the unique "Who am I" project aimed at young people in Mildenhall, who are out of mainstream education. Join Tabitha Nolan, the winner of our Development Commission Fund, on 1 September to find out more about the project and to register. To find...

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August 2017

Fire&Flint: past, present and future of the town of Brandon This year on Saturday, 23 September, join us for a journey back to the past, through present, and then on to the future of our home town. Following the success of last years’ Ferry Tales we are inviting you to explore...

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August 2017

Fancy trying your hand at creative writing? Want to find out more about the history of Brandon? Come along to creative writing workshops in Brandon Library and get inspired by local stories and history. The Suffolk Poetry Society are holding two themed workshops in Brandon Library on...

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August 2017

Ever wanted to be an actor or an actress? Want to boost your confidence and learn to perform in public? This is a unique opportunity to learn new skills on your doorstep. Join Shoestring Theatre and be part of “Fire&Flint” day on the 23 September. Shoestring Theatre are holding...

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August 2017

APPLICATION ROUND IS NOW CLOSED. Market Place is building audiences for the arts by supporting new activity that reaches new audiences in the market towns of Forest Heath (Brandon, Mildenhall, Newmarket) and Fenland (Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech).  As well as developing...

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August 2017

We are delighted to be working alongside Wysing Arts Centre to deliver two workshops to engage with local audiences and communities in Brandon and Chatteris for their New Geographies project. A key part of New Geographies is the nomination of overlooked or unexpected places across the...

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July 2017

Last year Brandon Ferry Tales brought local stories and traditions to life through a variety of art forms. As a celebration of creativity in the community and showed how united the community of Brandon is, with many local arts groups, societies, and businesses coming together to celebrate...

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July 2017

Did you know that Fen Tiger is not an animal? Have you heard about the Black Shuck, a mythical hellhound, who is still claimed to roam many parts of the country? Discovering Chatteris as you never knew it before, this book is an exploration of myths, folklore and social history of the...

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July 2017

On Saturday, 8 July, Newmarket could see the results of several months work that local residents and our artists have put into Newmarket Kite Symphony project. Looking for synergy between local heritage and context and opportunities to engage local communities in the arts we have...

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July 2017

We are looking forward to seeing you in Newmarket this Saturday, 8 July, from noon till 5pm at the Newmarket Kite Symphony! Take  a quick look at the video from one of the kite flying sessions that one of our participants created - please click here to watch the...

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July 2017

Ali is a passionate supporter of the arts and creativity. She has her own arts practice, exhibited her work nationally. Her core ethos centres on making the arts accessible to all. As a longstanding arts educator with over 20 years experience, she has delivered a diverse range of...

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July 2017

Katherine is the Managing Director of 20TwentyProductions, an arts organisation based within Cambridgeshire offering children and young people creative opportunities within the performing arts, film, digital media, arts and crafts, events and music as well as providing general...

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July 2017

Elena is an international arts management professional with a diverse education background in cross-cultural communication, PR and marketing for non-profits, and arts management. She has been working as Arts Project Manager and later Head Marketing and Communications for British Council...

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July 2017

Kate has developed a diverse career in theatre running her own company Jumped Up Theatre, working for a number of organisations, from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Manchester Royal Exchange, in a range of roles from Assistant Director to Education Officer. Kate has also managed venues...

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June 2017

Last week the community of Chatteris came together to celebrate local history and talent. On Thursday, 22 June 2017 we hosted Chatteris in Myth and Memory Celebration Day. The programme included a creative schools workshop in the morning, and an evening of storytelling, theatre and music...

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June 2017

This Saturday, 1 July, join us for FREE drop-in activities in the very centre of Newmarket - at the Guineas. Have a go at making your own kite, find out more about Newmarket Kite Symphony and just have a great time together on a weekend!  Find out more - click...

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June 2017

Preparations are in full swing for this Thursday, 22 June, Chatteris in Myth and Memory Day. The book is ready, the rehearsals are under way, and the acts are all lined up. We will kick the day off with a programme for local schools, and will continue in the evening with our celebrations...

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June 2017

Don't miss the one and only Newmarket Kite Symphony performance on Saturday, 8 July. We will showcase the work of the last three months that our artists have done with the local community. Kite design and kite flying workshops as well as Open Days have been taking place throughout the...

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June 2017

The Newmarket Kite Symphony Open Days at Palace House were a lot of fun! Our new Communication Officer has written her take on the two days spent painting and making kites. On 31 May and 1 June Market Place held open workshops in preparation for the Newmarket Kite Symphony that will...

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June 2017

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR THE CHATTERIS IN MYTH AND MEMORY CELEBRATION AND BOOK LAUNCH ON THURSDAY 22 JUNE. Join us for an evening of storytelling and music in celebration of Chatteris and the offical book launch of Chatteris In Myth and Memory; Art Through Storytelling. Information...

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May 2017

This half-term we are putting on two Newmarket Kite Symphony Open Days of design and kite-flying workshops for Newmarket community. Join us from 11am till 4pm on Wednesday, 31 May, and Thursday, 1 June, at the Mews at Palace House Newmarket for a fantastic day of creativity and sports....

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May 2017

We are getting ready for Newmarket Kite Symphony and the workshops are in full swing. If you really enjoy design making, and would like our artist Paula Wilson to deliver a kite design session for a group at your location - please talk to us on the day, or contact Ali Atkins, our...

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May 2017

Last week we held Project Bootcamps in Wisbech and Newmarket to initiate conversations, build networks and creative partnerships in Fenland and Forest Heath to shape projects trying new ways to reach new audiences. We also launched Round 3 of the Development Commissions. John Yarrow, our...

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April 2017

Did you know that Fen Tiger is not an animal? Have you heard about the Black Shuck, a mythical hellhound, who is still claimed to roam many parts of the UK, including Chatteris? Heard about the Wise Woman, who uses her scrying bowl to tell the future? Discovering Chatteris as you never...

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April 2017

Welcome to week 3 of Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures. Arsh Gill, our Marketing Intern interviewed Jill Blanchard from Shoestring Theatre Company, Brandon local theatre company. For the project they worked with professional storytellers from Snail Tales, who specialise in bringing the...

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April 2017

Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures take you to an interview with a Folk musician Michael Willett from "Rant & Rebellion". Brandon Ferry Tales was launched at the Ram Hotel with a Folk Night. Ferry Folk was a traditional folk music and dance event featuring performances by Rant &...

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April 2017

Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures sails through to another week interviewing Creative Director Chip Colquhoun and Managing Director Amy Robinson of Snail Tales. Snail Tales worked with Brandon local Shoestring Theatre Company to provide professional training and direction to create a...

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April 2017

We bring to you the final week of Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures with an interview with Ricki Outis, who worked with Brandon Arts Society to create beautiful festoons made by local people and inspired by local heritage. These decorated the High Street on the day. Ricki's Printmaking...

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April 2017

On Saturday, 18 March 2017, Whittlesey witnessed the Imagine: Whittlesey concert at the Sir Harry Smith Community College. The audience experienced a marvellous performance given by over 90 young people, local players and musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra. Over the last...

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March 2017

Our ambition for Project Bootcamps is to support artists and arts organisations to build new relationships and test new projects with local community groups and organisations. The dates for the Project Bootcamps are on Friday 28 April in Wisbech and Saturday 29 April in Newmarket....

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March 2017

***UPDATE*** Every Saturday from 27 May  leading up to the main event on the 8 July there will be Kite Flying Sessions led by artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus and kite enthusiast Zachary de Santos on Long Hill up from the Severals from 2.30pm to 5.30pm - weather permitting. Click here...

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March 2017

We are introducing to you the Brandon Ferry Tales adventures focusing on the Ferry Tales project, which took place in the summer of 2016 in Brandon, Suffolk.  Ferry Tales was a magical celebration of Brandon’s rich heritage of hospitality and of the people who have passed through....

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March 2017

The Imagine: Whittlesey project is well under way with two rehearsals already held on 23rd February and 2nd March. Students from Coates Primary school, Park Lane Primary School, and Sir Harry Smith Community College are working closely with Grand Union Orchestra getting ready for...

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March 2017

Thanks to 20Twenty Productions, MusicNet East and Cambridgeshire Music on Saturday, 11 February, Whittlesey enjoyed a Family Music Day exploring music and instruments from around the world. Our Marketing Intern, Arsh Gill, writes about her personal experience of attending the...

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March 2017

On Wednesday 15th February 2017, Market Place ran a one-day screen printing workshop at King Edwards Centre in Chatteris, as part of the in Myth and Memory project. Storyteller Polly Howat started the session with a gripping tale of The Great Fire of Chatteris, a true story about a fire...

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February 2017

We are excited to announce the unique opportunity for Whittlesey musicians to work with Grand Union orchestra during the next few weeks to create the performance as part of Imagine:Whittlesey concert that will take place on Saturday 18 March at Sir Harry Smith Community...

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February 2017

In early January a group of participants from across the Fens joined us for a 2 days Wire Weaving Workshop. The participants listened to the story of Fen Tigers by Polly Howat, which gave them the inspiration to create terrific wire sculptures with Kaitlin Ferguson. Over these 2 days,...

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February 2017

Whittlesey was once an island. Islanders like to travel, at least in their imagination, to worlds far away. This February and March musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra will take young musicians from Coates Primary School, Park Lane Primary School, and Sir Harry Smith Community...

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January 2017

Arsh Gill, our Marketing Intern started off the Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures with an interview with Bronwyn Denny. Bronwyn was on the Town Orchard which turned into a cosy woollen fairyland with knitted creatures and flowers hand made by local people. The Town Orchard was where people...

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January 2017

In spring 2017 Market Place awarded a development commission West Suffolk Arts in Brandon, Suffolk, to try new ways to reach new audiences. Ferry Folk was a traditional folk music and dance event held on 17th September 2016 at the Ram Hotel. Ferry Folk featured performances by Rant...

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January 2017

Join us for a 3 days workshop in Chatteris. Take advantage of this opportunity for you to develop new illustration and pencil drawing skills. The workshops will be led by artist, Richard Savage and inspired by the stories being told by Polly Howat.  Find out more...

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December 2016

If you're looking to learn screen printing look no further! Spend time on a one day workshop in Kings Edwards Centre and you will be inspired. The day will start off by local professional storyteller Polly Howat telling the story of the Great Fire of Chatteris. Screen print guru, Ricki...

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December 2016

Want to learn the art of creating a wonderful sculpture out of wire? Join us for a 2 days workshop in Chatteris Working Men's Club. Hear the story of Fen Tigers by Polly Howat and turn your inspiration into wire sculpture with Kaitlin Ferguson. Find out more...

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December 2016

Do you have an interest in writing a poem for Fenland? Are you inspired by the wild beauty of the Fens? We are searching for a Fenland Poet Laureate and a Young Fenland Poet Laureate by asking local people to enter their poems based on the theme of Fenland. The categories are age 10 -...

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December 2016

Catherine has had a varied career in the arts.  She is happiest when she can help make creative things happen. She has a long association with the Grand Union Orchestra as their General Manager and Learning and Participation Director. She ran a series of award-winning Big Draw projects...

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November 2016

On Thursday, 17 November, storyteller Polly Howat told the story of the Great Fire of Chatteris Year 5 students at Kingsfield Primary School in Chatteris. Thirty-nine students than had a chance to work with Fenland Poet Poppy Kleiser to have a go at writing their own poem.  By the...

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November 2016

Over the October half term, Fenland were brought in with a wonderful opportunity to learn about creating graphic novels with illustrator and comic artist Jade Sarson, winner of the 2014 Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition. The three days of the workshops were scattered...

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November 2016

On Monday 19th September 2016 Market Place ran a story telling and ceramics workshop as part of the Chatteris in Myth and Memory project.  Polly Howat started the session by telling the story of the Dead Moon, which inspired the theme of the ceramics workshop, where Kathryn Hearn taught...

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November 2016

Over the last two years we have been working with communities in Fenland and Forest Heath to create a series of arts initiatives across the area. This video showcases some of the work that people from our seven towns brought to life through their dedication and support of Market Place...

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September 2016

This Sunday saw the Ferry Tales event come to Brandon. Local stories and traditions were brought to life through a variety of art forms. This day was a true celebration of creativity in the local community and showed how united the community of Brandon is. So many local arts groups,...

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September 2016

We have an amazing weekend coming up with Ferry Tales in Brandon, Suffolk this week. Oliver Award Nominated Les Enfants Terribles are brining their outdoor performance The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie to the Market Hill in Brandon on Sunday, 18 September. Local art groups and...

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August 2016

Chatteris project is built on storytelling - stories that have been told, shaped and retold for centuries.  These stories were researched, developed and re-written by local Chatteris people.  These people include young people from Cromwell Community College, members of the U3A writing...

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August 2016

The ‘Revealing Wisbech’ project for me has been about spending time working closely with local community groups and finding them creative opportunities for engagement with the Arts in some of the great venues across Wisbech. Having grown up locally, I am personally investment in the...

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July 2016

Did you know that towns on county borders used to be homes for bandits, who could avoid arrest by hopping between jurisdictions? Brandon, in Suffolk, was one of these towns. And did you know that some of Britain's most valuable relics often passed this way when being smuggled around? And...

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July 2016

The weekend of 15-17 July March town saw a range of events taking place in the marquee near Oliver Cromwell Hotel. Over 530 people enjoyed the 1960s music, singing, dancing, and watching 1960s films. [gallery ids="1814,1815,1816"] The weekend kicked off with a live music concert by...

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July 2016

Craft & Chatter Group is made up of ladies of all ages who enjoy crafts and the opportunity to socialise. Some are isolated or have physical or mental disabilities. We ran two events for this group- first on 5th July – a trip to Wisbech Museum to work with the Education officer...

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July 2016

Join us for an exciting vocal workshop celebrating the 'living voice'. Linda Ekins will guide members through a series of activities which will encourage you to sing from the heart. You don’t need to read music or remember words and you won’t be forced to sing solo or out of your...

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July 2016

Things will never quite be the same again. At least, that's what it genuinely feels like post-recovery from the intense Mildenhall Birthday Party week which just finished on Saturday, 9 July. Check out photos by Libby Appleyard here. The Birthday week was the result in real terms for me...

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July 2016

Dan Donovan has been working closely with the community at Rosmini Centre over that last two Thursdays. People who study English as their second language enjoyed the creative painting sessions with the artist and the results are amazing. Have a look at the photographs from the two...

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July 2016

Revealing Wisbech is a phased, 18 month programme, establishing long-term art and cultural partnerships between artists, organisations and the communities of Wisbech - the largest market town in Fenland with a proud history of radicals and individualism.  It will build connections...

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July 2016

Just a few days left before we all take a trip back to 1960s in March. Join in with all the Hi De Hi family fun at the Marquee near Oliver Cromwell Hotel and explore the large Crafts and Gift Fair. The event and activities are FREE. Find out...

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June 2016

Mildenhall Creative Forum wanted to fill the town with various art forms, to bring communities together to celebrate Mildenhall, its local talent, and share new creative experiences. So we have been working closely with local artists to prepare Mildenhall Birthday Party! The...

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June 2016

Come and enjoy the music and do something positive for our community! You can help bring music to new audiences by acting as a marshal at one of our exciting community events. We are looking for committed volunteers to help make our events safe and enjoyable for all. To get involved...

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June 2016

We are delighted to offer a workshop on crowdfunding in the arts that will take place on Wednesday, 13 July, 7pm -9pm in Babylon Gallery, Ely. Bookings are now open, find out more...

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May 2016

Last weekend we ran a series of workshops in Whittlesey giving the local community a taster of the Imagination Festival coming to town on 18-20 November 2017. On Friday we had visits from New Road and Park Lane Schools exploring the Light Lab with our great friends at e-Luminate...

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May 2016

Luke Stokes has recently visited a Promoter's Day hosted by Creative Arts East . Read all about his experience and inspiration he had from the day. Luke volunteers for Market Place as the Chair of Mildenhall Creative Forum, this is his personal response to the opportunity...

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May 2016

Luke Stokes writes about his experience at the Creative Arts East Promoter's Day, Luke volunteers for Market Place as the Chair of Mildenhall Creative Forum, this is his personal response to the opportunity provided. I really appreciate the development and networking opportunities...

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May 2016

Thinking what to do this weekend? Why not come and join us in Whittlsey? This years St. Mary's Church Art Exhibition is full of exciting activities for the whole family. Explore e-luminate Light Lab on Friday, 6 May, have a go at animation and VJ'ing in the Imagination Studio on Saturday,...

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May 2016

Supported by the Market Place Development Commission Theatre Bury St Edmunds has extended its Once Upon a Time 2016 Festival to Mildenhall. "The Lost Story" by M6 Theatre Company will be performed twice at the Mildenhall Library on 12 June. And you will pay what you decide after you've...

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April 2016

1960s:  The Beatles, Hi De Hi, mini-skirts, Glamorous Granny, Knobbly Knees, David Bowie, Mary Poppins, Bonnie Baby, Rolling Stones, Peacemen, Hippies – what else do you think of when we say 1960s? Come and explore a weekend of going back in time to this exciting era. The...

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April 2016

Artists from all practices, with experience of running workshops, are wanted to work with community groups in Wisbech - we want to create a taster menu of at least 10 types of workshops, so there is room for lots of pitches (and for ££). And it might lead to a longer residency in the...

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April 2016

Exciting experiences are awaiting you in Whittlesey as part of the St.Mary's Church exhibition as e-Luminate Foundation brings their Light Lab on Friday, 6 May. Find out more, and don't...

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April 2016

On Sunday 18th September 2016 the communities who live, work and pass through Brandon, Suffolk, will be invited to stop, listen and celebrate the town’s heritage as the Gateway to the Brecks and the lowest crossing point of the R. Little Ouse before the Fens, where travellers would...

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April 2016

As part of our Saturday programme we are going to run a 1960s Showcase. We need you and your talent to help us to create the best 1960’s themed talent show since, well, the 1960’s! On Saturday 16th July we will turn an ordinary Marquee at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel into Marcam Hall...

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April 2016

Strech your imagination and join us at St. Mary's Church in Whittlsey on Friday, 6th May and Saturday, 7th May to explore the Light Lab, discover VJ'ing and animation and even have a go yourself! Find out...

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April 2016

On 19 March 2016 we run a Money Bootcamp - a one day intensive training in fundraising in the arts. Groups of participants were immersed into conversations about understanding the funder's needs, importance of partnerships, marketing and audience development strategies, project planning...

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April 2016

Market Place continues to support professional development for artists and arts organisations as well as community leaders in Fenland and Forest Heath. Please see below two exciting opportunities. Promoter’s Day by Creative Arts East 23 April 2016, Saturday,  11.30am – 4pm,...

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April 2016

This December we were asking the people of Whittlesey to help us to decorate the Whittlesey Market Place Christmas Tree for the St. Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival – and produce a unique piece of community art in the process. The tree takes its inspiration from Japanese...

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February 2016

Ruth has a 20 year career as a researcher and cultural policy advisor, developing approaches that embed research and evaluation into creative delivery. She's been involved in various cultural projects including managing the evaluation of Liverpool 08 – European Capital of Culture, and...

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February 2016

The Development Commissions Programme supports new ideas that encourage participation in the arts, develops new programmes or arts organisations, or kick-starts new partnerships for (both voluntary and professional) to collaborate with a specific audience in the market towns of Brandon,...

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February 2016

Have a great idea for an arts project, but don’t know how to get it funded? Book for the Money Bootcamp now. Market Place offers a full day of intensive high-quality training and mentoring for artists, arts and community organisations with an ambition to raise funds for an arts...

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January 2016

Heather has worked closely with Research as Evidence since 2007 as a researcher and has developed an expert knowledge of data collation, evaluation and analysis. Establish in 2004 Research as Evidence has created a substantial portfolio of evaluation work that demonstrates a...

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January 2016

Watch these short films to get a feel of the Creative People and Places programme, which is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. Each project is finding its own ways to engage new audiences, while economic,...

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December 2015

Two weeks ago Market Place, MAP, Jukebox Roulette, ADEC, and Suffolk Cinema Network went on a two-day Culture Hive residential with the Arts Marketing Association in Cambridge. During these days we went through a 'boot camp' of learning how to develop a marketing and audience development...

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December 2015

Join us this weekend to decorate the Whittlesey Market Place Christmas Tree for the St. Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival - and produce a unique piece of community art in the...

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December 2015

Are you interested in gaining experience in events management and running large-scale community celebrations?Newmarket Town Council puts a range of community events on throughout the year and works a lot with volunteers. On 19 and 20 December Winter Wonderland will open its door to local...

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December 2015

Did you know that RAP stands for 'rhythm and poetry'? Do you do rap? Do you love rhyming and writing songs or just poems? Would you want more people to read your poems? Are you inspired by Fenland? If the answer is 'yes' to any of these questions, it's time to get writing and enter the...

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November 2015

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...

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November 2015

Talking to the community and arts organizations in Fenland and Forest Heath showed a need to train more people in technical skills needed for events and projects - PA system management, lights, stage management, and much more. This August Music Arts Project CIC in Brandon got 10 of our...

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November 2015

We were talking to our Creative Forums, and fundraising seems to be one of the areas that creative communities across our seven towns need support with. Income can be generated through a range of activities, one of which is applying for funds. We have put together a list of some current...

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November 2015

We really value volunteers. They bring their own experiences, insights and interests to Market Place, helping us gain new perspectives and develop links with local communities. Volunteers can be involved in a range of roles from marketing support to events management, research and work...

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November 2015

Interested in developing a partnership with Market Place? Have an event coming up that may be of interest to Fenland and Forest Heath communities? Want additional marketing support for your event? Trying out new ways to reach new audiences? We want to hear from you and support you. Please...

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November 2015

Find out more about how Market Place programme was developed, how it is run, meet our team and have a look at some facts and figures to...

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November 2015

From the start Market Place team was lucky to be able to work with Ben, Charlotte, and Harry, Live Events Creative Apprentices at 20Twenty Productions CIC. It's great to see that there are many examples across the nationwide Creative People and Place programme, where opportunities are...

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November 2015

One of our Consortium Partners - 20Twenty Productions CIC - is a very successful organization in Fenland working with young people on a range of projects, one of which is Live Events Creative Apprenticeships. As part of their engagement with Market Place, 20Twenty Productions CIC offered...

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October 2015

The deadline for the Critical Friend and Evaluator tenders has been extended to noon Monday, 2nd November due to technical issues with the submission email.  If you have not had a confirmation of your submission please resubmit to [email protected] Click here to find...

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October 2015

This autumn we partnered up with Brandon Country Park to take part in their Pumpkin Fest. We invited David Finkle, World Record Pumpkin Carver, to run a carving workshop for the families on the day. So many scary faces, beautiful owls, flying dragons, and spooky characters were cut to...

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October 2015

Cambridge Junction is an arts centre presenting a varied programme of events including live music, theatre, dance, stand-up comedy and family shows. As well as presenting events Cambridge Junction has a strong focus on creative learning and skills development in the arts and has a...

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October 2015

Last week we had an inspiring session with Jeni Raw from New Wolsey Theatre looking at the role of mass media in spreading the word about our projects and activities, writing a press release, working with social media, developing relationships with press. We also had an introductory...

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October 2015

We have partnered with major regional venues to create a special offer for you to see a range of productions. Just use MARKETPLACE promocode to get 50% OFF or 2 for 1 offer when booking your tickets for the following shows: 26 October, 7pm, Circus Oddity, New Wolsey Theatre in...

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October 2015

MARKET PLACE UNIQUE OFFER Do you live in Fenland and Forest Heath? Hurry Up! We want to create a range of different arts experiences for our audiences and have partnered up with New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to offer you a 50% OFF the tickets to see two shows over half-term...

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October 2015

We are inviting you to join the Creative Forum in your home town. Its members meet about 10 times a year to discuss ideas coming from the local communites and put creative proposals forward to the Consortium. We are supporting Forum members with talks, Go&Sees, training, and peer...

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October 2015

Pumpkin Carving Workshop in Brandon Country Park – pencil the date in!.. Find out...

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October 2015

My twitter tagline describes myself as an “optimist and cheerleader”, maybe this is because I have been fortunate to have had a very varied career in the arts, working with some outstanding artists and audiences.  I have mainly worked in theatre, running my own company, Jumped Up...

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October 2015

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October 2015

Live or work in Fenland or Forest Heath? This project is for you. Find out how you can get...

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October 2015

Charlotte joined Market Place team as part of Creative Apprenticeship scheme with 20Twenty Productions. She designed promo materials, and ensured wide mass media coverage of the Market Place event at High Lodge this July. Charlotte is a talented and versatile young person, who made a...

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Together we will make a bigger impact, proud to be working with a diversity of organizations supporting our...

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Become the voice of the community in your home town and shape Market Place project with us, join Creative Forums...

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September 2015

We want to develop strong relationship with local, regional, and national mass media to be able to tell a consistent story about Market Place and to engage more people in the area. Do you have a question about Market Place programme or any of its activities? Are you interested in...

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September 2015

Form a long-term mutually beneficial partnership with us that will promote your local business Are you a local business looking for new customers? Would you like to raise awareness about your work in the community? Please get in touch with us at [email protected], we love...

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September 2015

Create an exciting long-term arts programme for your school or college students In Market Place we are keen to work with children and young people engaging them at a very young age and developing future art leaders and creative thinkers. Please email us at...

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September 2015

Join our Creative Forums, share your ideas with us, follow updates on our website and social media for local arts commissions and professional development...

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September 2015

Join Creative Forums to shape the project with us Market Place is calling for artists, arts organizations, local community members to join our Creative Forums to discuss and create high quality arts projects for the people of Fenland and Forest Heath identifying and meeting the local...

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September 2015

As well as being Market Place consortium members, supporting the governance of the project, New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich are also providing support with marketing and evaluation expertise and we will be seeking links with our programme in order to give the audiences of Forest Heath...

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September 2015

You can join at any time throughout the programme. Please complete the online form or download a PDF form if you prefer, and send it to our Forum Coordinators. You will then be invited to one of the Forum meetings to see, how it is run, where you will have a chance to contribute to...

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August 2015

"I love being involved with Market Place and the Creative Arts Forum. I am passionate about more people experiencing and getting involved in the arts so the opportunity to work with like minded people to bring amazing and inspiring art to the area is fantastic. It's such an ambitious...

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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...

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August 2015

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....

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August 2015

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...

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Cambridgeshire County Council has a vision for a stronger future for our communities where strengths are recognised and where people can easily find the information and advice they need to be happy and healthy citizens. Cambridgeshire will be a place where people are part of...

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August 2015

Culture is important to Suffolk, to our communities and to us as individuals. It makes life worth living, makes us feel good about ourselves and the places where we live, work and visit. This is why Suffolk County council supports and invests in a range of cultural activity across the...

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August 2015

The Arts Council wants more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live, or their social, educational or financial circumstances. The Creative People and Places fund focuses our investment in parts of the country where people’s involvement in the...

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August 2015

At the beginning of July we took part in Rose Fair in Wisbech, where we supported local schoolchildren with performing skills. Later in July we came back to Wisbech to participate in Wisbech Reads, a local initiative aimed at engaging children and young people in reading. Charlotte...

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July 2015

The highlight of the month was Market Place event at the Open Day in  High Lodge. This event was inspired by the conversations and ideas from the national Creative People and Places conference, which we attended  early June in Stoke-on-Trent. One of our Consortium Partners –...

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July 2015

Market Place is a responsive project driven by the communities and their ideas, that’s why it was important for us to involve as many Creative Forum members as possible into the brand development process. Workshops held in March and Mildenhall on 30 June uncovered a diversity of ideas...

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July 2015

Kayleigh has a background in museums and heritage projects. For the last few years she's been working on projects that have sought to diversify museum and gallery work forces and audiences, and reach under represented communities. She has recently completed an MA in Museum Studies with a...

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June 2015

Market Place funding had a huge impact on this year’s Chatteris Midsummer Festival. The mask making workshops run by Mandinga Arts were very enthusiastically received and encouraged other groups to make their own masks and join in the Festival spirit. In turn this resulted in the...

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June 2015

On 9 and 10 June we had a chance to attend the National Creative People and Places conference in Stoke-on-Trent. Those were two days full of sharing the learning from existing CPPs across the UK, noting best practice, finding out about current challenges and ways to address them from the...

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November 2013

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...

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