Kirklees consortium receives £2m Creative People and Places grant from Arts Council England


A consortium of partners in Kirklees, led by the LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE, have been reserved a £2 million grant from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, as part of their CREATIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES programme.


The Creative People and Places programme focuses on parts of the country where peoples' involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average and takes a new approach by allowing communities and grass roots organisations to play a leading role in inspiring others to get involved with the arts.


The Kirklees bid was made by a consortium of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, We Do (formerly Open Art), Batley Festival Group and Kirklees Council, and was supported by a whole range of artists and organisations. The programme, called CREATIVE SCENE (formerly Making a Scene), seeks to establish a vibrant creative culture and radically develop arts provision - particularly in the north of the district. Central to the project is the involvement of local people and organisations.


Over the next six months the Kirklees consortium will undergo a further development stage, creating a business plan for the £2 million grant, upon which the reserved money will be awarded.


Eleven consortiums over the country have been successful in their Creative People and Places bids, and have been awarded in total just over £18 million over the next three years.


Victoria Firth, Director of the LBT, says:


“A grant of this scale will enable us to make a real difference to a great many people in Kirklees. We will bring the best in live performance to people’s doorsteps, to the places they go everyday as well as surprising new locations. Most importantly, local communities will shape the programme, working side by side with artists, to realise their own ideas and creative ambitions.”


Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England, says:


“I’m delighted that people in Kirklees will be benefiting from this investment. Creative People and Places is a unique programme that, for the first time at such a large scale, puts arts provision directly in the hands of communities, enabling them to commission and put on the arts events and creative activities that they want to see locally.”


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