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What is a consortium?
Market Place is run by the Consortium of partners consisting of ADeC, 20Twenty Productions, Norwich Festival Bridge, and Cambridge ACRE.
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.
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.