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What is a consortium?
Market Place is overseen by the Consortium of partners consisting of Babylon ARTS, 20Twenty Productions, Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge ACRE. The Consortium also includes representation from Cambridgeshire County Council, Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council and Fenland District Council.
The Consortium have worked with a range of local partners and stakeholders to prepare applications to Arts Council England for Creative People and Places funding since 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: Babylon ARTS (operated by ADEC) is an independent charity, that exists to inspire, develop and deliver quality arts events and activities that engage communities in East Cambridgeshire and beyond. It’s aim is to “put arts, culture and entertainment at the heart of everyday life.”
Babylon ARTS run a micro arts centre at Babylon Gallery, the Ely Cinema, a programme of live events, and a range of community engaged arts projects across rural Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk. With limited cultural provision in Ely and the surrounding area, Babylon ARTS is the city’s only arts centre, welcoming over 25,000 visits a year. The organisation is proud of its reputation as a provider of high quality arts, as well as it’s track record of delivering engaging projects that connect with the hardest to reach communities (including those suffering from rural isolation and economic disadvantage).
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.
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.