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How is Market Place run?

MarketPlace is an action research project funded by Arts Council England as part of the national Creative People and Places Programme.

This project is delivered by a small team, employed by the Lead Organisation Babylon ARTS.

The MarketPlace programme, partnerships and strategic aims are supported and steered by a Consortium of Partners .

Communities are key to shaping the programme, that’s why creative forums and key individuals help us identify the needs and interests of people in each town.

We also have a critical friend and an external 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's 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

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Creative Manager

Lorna’s background is in museums and galleries, the arts, culture and creative industries. She was most recently been Museum Manager at Museum of Cambridge. Lorna’s career history has included North Lands Creative Glass, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre in Sutherland, Manchester City Art Galleries and the V&A.

‘I am really pleased to be joining Market Place at this exciting time, celebrating the creative activity and achievements over the last 3 years and preparing to develop the project into its second phase to bring a lasting positive impact for the people of Fenland and Forest Heath.’

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Administrative and events officer

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.

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Marketing and Communications Officer

In Autumn 2019 a new Marketing and Communications Officer will be joining the team, working across the MarketPlace project and the wider work of Babylon ARTS.  

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Creative agent, Forest Heath and Fenland

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.

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Creative Agent; Forest Heath and Fenland

Colin is a performer and filmmaker who has always been a passionate promoter of the arts as a positive educational and community force. A great believer in giving people the opportunity to find a strong voice through the arts, Colin has created projects and events with communities both nationally and internationally.

His film work has led him to Malawi and Senegal producing films for health, disability, climate change and agriculture.

Colin was thrilled to join the team in January 2019 and is excited to be working creatively once again across the Fenland, Forest Heath & East Cambs region. Meeting people and matching their skills and developing creative ambitions is a real honour. 

Critical friend and external evaluator

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Market Place Critical Friend

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.