About Made in Corby


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.

Our work

From our beginnings in 2014 to the end of September 2018, Made in Corby has held 793 activities and events, including workshops, performances, festivals and consultations. These have been enabled over 95,000 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 2016 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 first Grow Festival in summer 2018, 63% of surveyed audiences were from the areas of lowest engagement and in 2017/2018, 23% 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. 8624 people have been consulted through our community conversations and around 1052 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 programme until June 2020, to develop our work in engaging and developing new audience for art in Corby and to explore the legacy of the programme.

Our current work is structured around the following priorities, which you can read more about in our Implementation Plan.

Download it here: Implementation Plan


Groundwork Northamptonshire
Groundwork Northamptonshire are the accountable body for Made in Corby. Groundwork Northamptonshire work with, and for communities in Northamptonshire, and all sectors to create better places to live and work. They work to improve the quality of life for people and the places where they live, having a focus on the most disadvantaged areas and communities in greatest need. Their flagship projects include the Green Patch in Kettering and JAM, an award-winning youth work programme. More information about their work can be found at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/northamptonshire 

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.

Arts Council England

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