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  • Fire&Flint Projection, photo by Nathan Jones
    Creative People and Places: Impacts
    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 from us,...

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  • Newmarket Kite Symphony, photo by Alex McElroy
    Gone with the Wind: Newmarket Kite Symphony
    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 developed the...

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    Chatteris in Myth and Memory: Community...
    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 together...

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  • Kite Design Concentration, by Paula Wilson
    Newmarket Kite Symphony Open Days: Paint...
    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 take place...

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    Project Bootcamps: Much Achieved
    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 Projects...

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    Jill Blanchard – Shoestring Theatre...
    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 cultural...

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  • Ferry Folk, image by Dan Donovan
    Ferry Folk: Rant and Rebellion
    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 & Rebellion,...

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    Old Roger, the Guardian of the Brecklands
    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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    Ricki Outis – Ferry Tales Festoons
    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 Workshop at...

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    Imagine:Whittlesey Concert celebration
    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 two months, young...

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    Brandon Ferry Tales Adventures
    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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    Imagine:Whittlesey Rehearsals
    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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    Arsh Gill About Family Music Day in Whittlesey
    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 day. The day...

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  • Wire Weaving in Chatteris, photos by Rob Morris
    Chatteris Wire Weaving Stories – I thought...
    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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    The Woollen Town Orchard
    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 were...

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    Ferry Folk: Reflections
    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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    Great Fire of Chatteris – Poems by Local...
    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 end of the...

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  • Learning to Create Graphic Novels
    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 into: ...

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  • Chatteris Stories Coming Alive
    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 the...

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  • Brandon Ferry Tales Audience, photo by Alex McElroy
    Brandon Ferry Tales – Can They Come Back Every...
    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, societies, and...

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  • Sculptures, photo by Dan Donovan
    Creative Agent Kaitlin about Revealing Wisbech
    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 area and...

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  • Ready, Steady, Go! Photo by Elena Shampanova
    The Fenland BIG Weekender – Awesome
    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 6Ts, all...

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  • The Birth of Something New – Mildenhall
    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 of over a...

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  • Imagination Studio - LightLab, photo by Harry Rutter
    Imagination Studio in Whittlesey: More to Come
    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 Cambridge...

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  • An image of the Creative Arts East LIVE! logo
    Creative Arts East Promoters Day
    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 Market...

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  • Money Bootcamp ©Market Place
    Money Bootcamp: Follow Up
    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 and...

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  • Whittlesey Community Christmas Tree, photo by Jenny Johnson
    Creative Research – Whittlesey Community...
    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 artist Yayoi...

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  • Creative People and Places Films
    Watch Our Films
    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, social, and...

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  • Culture Hive Discussions
    Learning: Culture Hive
    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 strategy...

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  • Adam Managing the PA system
    Can You Manage Sound?
    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 their best...

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