Lincolnshire One Venues has been successful in a bid for funding, to work with individuals or groups across Lincolnshire to put on memorable community arts events
We want to work with you to create a series of community events that take place out and about. These events should:
These events will take place in eight different locations, linking to the eight arts organisations that make up Lincolnshire One Venues:
Louth Riverhead Theatre
The Collection and Usher Gallery
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Terry O’Toole Theatre
Hub – formerly the National Centre for Craft and Design
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
South Holland Centre, Spalding
Stamford Arts Centre
Each of the venues will select one community group to work with.
Why get involved?
This is a great opportunity for a bit of good news in your place! After a long period of uncertainty, and pretty much all community activity being halted we’re pleased to be able to offer Lincolnshire this chance to celebrate again. We’ll call your role Community Producer.
We will provide:
What do we mean by a community?
For us this means many things and we are really open to your ideas. For instance:
What are our aims?
We want to support local artists and creatives where possible, so we’d like you to put local first. So, if you propose bringing in a dance group from London to do a performance and then go home, we’re unlikely to fund your idea – but if a choreographer from Louth was going to work with a Samba drummer from Stamford to create a one-off piece with local dancers – well, that sounds much more like it.
We’d like the event to be what your community wants – so we’d like you to be connected to the people around you. The event isn’t just for you!
We’re happy that events could take all sorts of forms – a family arts day, for example, or an exhibition or installation, a performance or concert, a workshop, a picnic or BBQ, or a trail. Or it could be a combination of things – a week long arts activity extravaganza or a weekend of performances on temporary stages around the place. Your own mini-festival!
Each Community Producer will be expected to consider how their creative commission engages with the most vulnerable members of the community, building on our pandemic learning around access, equality, equity and inclusion. This could be as simple as ensuring a digital output is accessible online for those that can’t attend, or that content is deliberately structured around access needs. Don’t be put off if that’s not something you’ve had to do before – we will support you through the process.
When will it happen?
We will start making links and taking suggestions from groups and individuals from September onwards. We may well ask you for more information as we move forward – but the starting place is a conversation (see below).
The final decision about which Community Producers we’re going to work with will be made in December. It may be that we need to come back to you to develop the application, depending on the number of applicants and the quality of ideas that we receive.
Jan – April 2022 – Producing workshop sessions and support from the Mentor
April – September 2022 – Community Producer to work on their project supported by host venue, Mentor and the LOV project team.
June – September 2022 – Delivery of your creative project.
There is a budget for each Community Producer of £5250 and we will create eight events across the county. The funding has been provided by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, who have previously funded our community work. The funding will not impact local income from elsewhere such as council tax or local authority spending.
This £5250 needs to include:
On top of that there is a separate fee to pay the Mentor who will help you, and some money set aside for:
The application process, if you would like to be one of our eight Community Producers, begins with a phone call. Following on from that we’ll ask you to put some information down on paper – this will be a simple application form.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 18th October.
For more information and to register your interest please contact:
South Kesteven District Council’s Arts Projects Officer
01476 406165 / 07790 911539