Young artists in South Holland to cash in with new scheme

LOV Youth Takeover performers Callum Brazzo, Emily Drake, Henry Birkett, Remi Akindele and Crystalla Serghiou.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
LOV Youth Takeover performers Callum Brazzo, Emily Drake, Henry Birkett, Remi Akindele and Crystalla Serghiou. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Young artists and performers in South Holland can apply for a share in £5,000 worth of funding from a new scheme.

Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) group, made up of South Holland Centre, Spalding, and nine other arts venues in the county, is offering five bursaries of up to £1,000 to young people aged between 16 and 25.

These bursaries offer a unique opportunity for emerging artists to go towards a project they have always wanted to do but may not have had the funding to make happen or further their career in the arts.

Emily Bowman, project manager of LOV’s young people’s programme

Anyone interested in a career in visual, performing or creative arts can apply before the Friday, July 31 deadline.

Emily Bowman, project manager of LOV’s young people’s programme, said: “Over the last three years, we have been working hard to create opportunities for young people across the county.

“These bursaries offer a unique opportunity for emerging artists to apply for up to £1,000 to go towards a project they have always wanted to do but may not have had the funding to make happen or further their career in the arts.

“We pride ourselves on putting young people at the heart of what we do and are keen to support emerging artists as we believe it is vital to support and nurture local artists to create professional work for and by our county.

“So whatever your creative idea is, we want to hear from you.”

Cash for the bursary scheme has come from of Arts Council England and two grant-making charities for young people, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Coun Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for arts development, said: “This is a fantastic initiative and will no doubt help young local people who want to pursue careers in the arts.

“It also shows that LOV is having a growing impact on arts activities and opportunities in the county.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the bursary scheme should contact Sally Harrison at the South Holland Centre on 01775 764777 or email sharrison@sholland.gov.uk

Meanwhile, South Holland Centre’s LOV Youth Takeover group is organising its annual Music in the Market Place event which will be held in Spalding town centre on Friday, August 7.

Youngsters aged between 12 and 25 interested in music promotion, event management or just volunteering can find out more by coming along to the group’s meetings at South Holland Centre on Tuesdays from 4.30pm.