Made in Corby set to inspire creativity in Wellingborough with almost £900,000 from Arts Council England

Made in Corby set to inspire creativity in Wellingborough with almost £900,000 from Arts Council England

Northamptonshire’s Made in Corby has been awarded £873,383 of National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme (CPP).

Community-led arts programme Made in Corby will expand its current CPP activity to include Wellingborough, working with new partners to deliver a programme of events and workshops in Wellingborough, including participatory arts festivals, and artist commissions to bring local stories to life.

Run by a consortium of local organisations, including new Wellingborough partners, led by Groundwork Northamptonshire, Made in Corby has been part of the Creative People and Places programme since 2014 with Arts Council investment of almost £2.8 million to date, creating festivals and commissioning opportunities for communities in Corby.

Arts and culture have a significant role to play in building thriving villages, towns and cities, bringing people together and making them proud of where they work and live. Creative People and Places allows more people to choose, create and take part in arts and cultural activity – encouraging long-term collaboration between local people, artists and partners, and embedding lasting change in communities.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said:

“Arts and culture make the places we live vibrant, exciting and inspiring, benefiting our wellbeing and helping local economies.

“They also have the power to bring communities together and create a real shared sense of pride in where people live, so I’m delighted that our latest Creative People and Places investment in Made in Corby will see them expand their work and bring new opportunities for creativity to the people in Wellingborough.”

Helen Willmott, Programme Director, Made in Corby, said:

“We are thrilled to receive this new investment from Arts Council England, which will herald a new era for our programme. As we begin to work across both Corby and Wellingborough, and change our name to reflect this, we will remain committed to delivering exciting, ambitious and accessible cultural activities for local people.”

Made in Corby is one of 12 successful arts projects to receive a share of almost £17.5 million National Lottery funding to create arts and cultural experiences in areas across England where people tend to engage less with arts and culture. These twelve projects, part of the Creative People and Places programme, will take place between 2019-2023 and will be co-created with their local communities.

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