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Market Place has people at its heart. It’s about more people creating and experiencing great art in Fenland and Forest Heath: Brandon, Chatteris, March, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Whittlesey, and Wisbech.

Market Place Facts and Figures, November 2015

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.  Long-term collaborations between local people, artists and partners are fundamental to Market Place. Market Place initially ran for three years from 2015, with an ambition to develop a 10-year vision.

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 will start in October 2018 following on from Phase 1, which has been extended to celebrate the programme’s achievements. Find out more here.

Market Place is run by a Consortium of Partners consisting of
Market Place is part of Creative People and Places programme developed by Arts Council England with support from National Lottery funds
Creative People and Places Arts Council England
We are grateful and proud to be supported by
Suffolk County Council Cambridgeshire County Council Fenland District Council Forest Heath District Council