Made in Corby is a community-led arts programme which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high-quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made In Corby puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events.
From our beginnings in 2014 to the end of September 2019, Made in Corby has held 1,159 activities and events, including workshops, performances, festivals and consultations. These have been enabled over 118,000 engagements with the arts.
We are creating new audiences for art in Corby – according to postcode analysis from The Audience Agency, 60% of our people that engaged with the programme in 2018 were from the places of lowest engagement with the arts (up from 37% in 2014 and 49% in 2015). For all three of our signature commissions, over a third of bookers had not previously attended an event at The Core. For our final signature commission in 2016, new musical Danny Hero, audience survey data shows that 52% of the respondents had not attended arts activity in the previous 12 months. At our second Grow Festival in summer 2019, 65% of surveyed audiences were from the areas of lowest engagement and since 2014, 33% of audiences have a long-term disability or illness.
We are leading the way in enabling local communities to engage with art, make decisions about what activities take place and the artists that create them. 9156 people have been consulted through our community conversations and around 1218 local people have been actively involved in making decisions about our programme, from deciding the repertoire performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and choosing our new musical, to joining community panels that choose which local projects to support and producing extraordinary arts projects.
Our Future Plans
We have secured funding through the Creative People & Places scheme to extend the Corby programme for a second time until June 2023, to develop our work in engaging and developing new audience for art in Corby and to explore the legacy of the programme. We have also received funding to start a programme of cultural activities in Wellingborough from 2020 – 2023.
Our current work is structured around the following priorities, which you can read more about in our Implementation Plan.
Download it here: Implementation Plan
Creative People & Places
Made in Corby is part of a national Creative People & Places (CPP) network, funded by Arts Council England to increase engagement in the arts in areas where people have fewer opportunities to get involved. Made in Corby was established by a consortium of local arts and community organisation in 2013 to respond to the launch of the CPP programme by initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. CPP is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.