Projects in five Local London boroughs will benefit from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places fund to make arts and culture more accessible.
Creative People and Places is a three-year programme, that will invest £38.3 million from National Lottery funding to boost access to arts and culture in areas where engagement is far lower than the national average. Creative People and Places has added 39 projects in total across the country to its 2022-25 portfolio.
Five of the six projects in the capital that were awarded this funding are in Local London.
Local London projects that will benefit from Creative People and Places funding:
1. Barking & Dagenham | Creative Barking & Dagenham
Project partners: Studio 3 Arts (Lead), Barking and Dagenham Collective, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Barking and Dagenham College.
Creative Barking and Dagenham: with a growing network of local resident Cultural Connectors at its heart Creative Barking and Dagenham wants to see local people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant arts and cultural experiences in the borough.
2. Bexley | Three Rivers
Project partners: Peabody Trust, The Exchange Erith, TACO!, Orbit Housing.
Made in the Estuary: Three Rivers bring people together to work out how to use art to make a difference. This project will develop community run platforms such as radio stations, festivals and workshops to increase participation in the arts.
3. Havering | Havering Changing
Project partners: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (Lead), Clarion Futures (the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group), Havering Colleges, Havering Interfaith Forum, Havering Volunteer Centre, Havering Youth Services and myplace, Rainham Association for Village Events (R.A.V.E.), The Mercury Shopping Centre.
Havering Changing: Havering is changing fast and this funding will be used for additional activities informed by a rapidly developing programme of innovative, community-led arts and culture happening in disconnected communities.
4. Newham | World on our Doorstep
Project partners: Community Links (Lead), Caramel Rock, Faithful Friends, National Cricket League, University of East London.
World on our Doorstep: Celebrating the richness of the most culturally diverse borough in the country, World on our Doorstep places the community at the heart of decision-making around access, participation, creation and curation of arts in local spaces.
5. Redbridge | Creative Redbridge
Project partners: Vision Redbridge, Culture & Leisure (Lead), Friends of Loxford, Muslimah Sports Association, Redbridge Council Volunteer Service, SPACE Studios, Mercarto Metropolitano.
Creative Redbridge: Creative Redbridge will build a people-led programme, using creativity to empower and enable lasting positive change with a measurable effect on people’s well-being and levels of social energy and activism.
Watch this video to find out more about the programme or visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/creativepeopleandplaces/projects