The First Art project has been backed by Arts Council England to receive three more years of funding as part of the Creative People and Places programme.
Since 2014 First Art has been inspiring people in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North-East Derbyshire to get more involved in art – in all its forms – and the latest funding announcement means that this important work will carry on, building on the successes of the last 4 years.
So far the project has engaged with over 180,000 people and delivered over 200 events – from small workshops and mentoring sessions to outdoor festivals and international broadcasts. We have worked with partners locally, nationally and internationally to bring great art to local people.
From 2018 the project will be back with a new programme of activities, events and opportunities and will deliver them across the area for at least 3 years.
There are 21 Creative People and Places projects across England that have attracted 1.3 million audience attendances between 2013 and 2016. 91% of audience members are people who don’t usually take part in the arts – which means that First Art and CPP are helping to bring new experiences to people who otherwise might not get to enjoy them.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture make the places we live vibrant and exciting, from entertaining and inspiring us, to benefiting our health and wellbeing.
“This new investment will see First Art build on the work they’ve been doing, as well as offering great new opportunities. Local people are being invited to join community panels shaping the arts offer. This will ensure everyone can get involved with arts and culture in the heart of their community.”
Tony Trafford, Chair of First Art said: “This is fantastic news. It’s a great vote of confidence in the work we’re doing. We can’t wait to build on the foundations of Phase 1 and keep working within these vibrant communities.”