Arts Council England have announced plans to invest a further £500,000 of National Lottery funding in the Made In Corby programme to allow their work in Corby to continue until June 2023.
Made in Corby is one of four successful arts projects to receive a share of £2.5m National Lottery funding allocated in areas across England where people tend to engage less with arts and culture as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places (CPP) programme.
Made in Corby has been part of CPP since 2014, securing Arts Council investment of almost £3.3 million to date to co-create arts opportunities with communities in Corby, including the highly popular Mardi Gras and Grow Festival, which will combine in February 2020 for a light-themed extravaganza.
Over the next 3 years, the programme will establish a number of Creative Hubs in Corby; community venues that regularly host a range of creative activities from workshops to exhibitions and performances.
Each year, there will also be a large-scale event, giving the whole borough an opportunity to come together to celebrate the creativity in their communities. Support for local communities and Corby-based artists to deliver their own creative activities will also continue.
Rebecca Blackman, Director, Audiences and Engagement, Arts Council England, said:
“We’re delighted that Made in Corby have had their funding extended for a further three years. This is a testament to the great work the project has done so far, and the way they’ve been engaging the local community. We’re looking forward to continuing to working with Made in Corby, along with the other 29 Creative People and Places projects changing lives across England.”
Helen Willmott, Programme Director, Made in Corby, added: “Having recently surpassed 100,000 engagements in the arts we're really looking forward to building
on this by involving even more local people and organisations, to further develop a culturally vibrant town we can all be proud of.”
Made In Corby is run by a consortium of local organisations led by Groundwork Northamptonshire, and has recently welcomed a new Corby partner, KHL Big Local. In August 2019 the programme also received funds to expand into Wellingborough, cementing Made In Corby's place in the county’s cultural landscape.
This means a change of name will soon be needed for the growing organisation to reflect its commitment to delivering exciting, ambitious and accessible cultural activities created with local people across North Northamptonshire.
For further information, visit www.madeincorby.co.uk or follow @MadeInCorby on facebook, twitter and instagram.