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How is Market Place Run?

Market Place is about people coming together for one good cause. This project is run by a Consortium of Partners, where each contributes to the strategic direction of the programme. Market Place Project Team are appointed by the Consortium to guide and deliver the programme reporting to the Consortium and funders on a regular basis.

ADEC is the lead Consortium Partner. 20Twenty Productions CIC is an organisation in Fenland with unique knowledge and understanding of the arts scene and audiences in the seven market towns. The New Wolsey Theatre consults on artistic programming and marketing. Festival Bridge represented by Steph Hogger, who Chairs the Consortium, give an insight into the arts world across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, link us with education providers in these areas.

Communities are key to shaping the programme, that’s why Creative Forums help us identify the needs and interests of people in each town. Creative Forums act as a productive network of creative producers spotting local opportunities and evaluating the proposals. Creative Forum Coordinators and the Market Place team work closely with the Forums to initiate projects and activities in the seven market towns.

We also have a Critical Friend and an Evaluator, who help us monitor the project’s progress, celebrate our achievements, and point out any areas that need improvement.

Finally, all our work is shared across the nation with our peers who are working on Creative People and Places projects in different locations across the UK. It is a great network to learn from, share with, turn for advice to, and a place to celebrate our local partners and artists.

Market Place Team


John started volunteering for AdeC in 2012 and has always been very proud of the way in which the charity reaches out to areas with low arts engagement. Market Place was therefore a logical move for John to learn more about how he can help people get more out of creativity and the arts. John has a BA (Hons) in Literature and Cultural Studies from Staffordshire University.

John Yarrow

Administrative and Events Officer
Ali Atkins Bio

Ali has recently expanded her role to support both Fenland and Forest Heath. She is responsible for the development of our artistic networks and building the local voice.

Ali is a passionate supporter of the arts and creativity. She has her own arts practice, and 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 activities and events in both educational and community settings.

Ali is also a partner in the ‘Meander’ collaboration – a project developed as a tool for engagement by taking art on location and encouraging community collaborations.

Ali Atkins

Creative Agent, Forest Heath and Fenland
Kayleigh Boyle Bio

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 dissertation on community engagement with museum collections. Her interest lies in working with diverse and under represented groups, and engaging communities with heritage and history.

Kayleigh Boyle

Communications and Audience Development Officer

Critical Friend and External Evaluator

Ruth Mieville Bio

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 advising on the development of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, as well as the evaluation of Transported Creative People and Places Programme. Her enthusiasm lies in making research and evaluation useful for communities and organisations and showing the value that art can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Ruth Melville

Market Place Critical Friend
Heather Bennett Bio
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 breadth of social research experience and expertise. Research as Evidence are experts in producing evaluations that engage with a wide range of key stakeholders and participants to capture the most relevant and detailed data.
Heather Bennett
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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