The Arts Council England has announced that it has awarded a total of £17.5 million to 13 new places over the next four years through its Creative People and Places programme, including its first programme in the South West.
Arts Council England’s vision for Creative People and Places is to support the public in shaping local arts and cultural provision and, in so doing, to increase attendance and participation in excellent art and culture.
The investment is intended encourage long-term collaborations between local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries, amateur groups, the voluntary sector and others.
It aims to support new and different approaches to developing cultural programmes that deliver excellent experiences, genuinely engage people in shaping provision and involve a variety of partners.
The fund will focus investment in parts of England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement according to the Active Lives Survey, and which are not currently covered by a Creative People and Places programme.
The funding is intended for consortia in eligible places to develop a programme of cultural activity and engagement over four years but with a 10-year vision.
A total of £24 million is available through the Creative People and Places programme between 2019-2023.
Further information about the programme can be found on the Arts Council website.
SMart will support creative hubs and communities to develop relationships with each other, building on the passion and strength of the local culture, wisdom and know-how to create their own independent arts and heritage projects.
Images from the Arts Council’ Creative People and Places grant programme.