South Holland Centre launches Connecting Communities project for groups who want to make art
A new community-led project is looking for people in one area of South Holland who want to turn their lives into a work of art.
Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV), a network of nine arts centres across the county, has launched a project called Connecting Communities which will bring people together to create an artistic reflection of themselves and where they live.
Spalding's South Holland Centre, part of the LOV network, will invite the group chosen for the project to work with arts officer George Barnett during a series of workshops where their stories and ideas will be turned into some form of art.
George, of Weston and who was once part of South Holland Centre's Youth Takeover arts project, said: "When LOV Connecting Communities was started in September, I got together with centre manager Sally Harrison and thought of what we could do to get people together.
"We came up with an idea where people could tell stories about their lives, raising the profile of where they live and the importance of it,
"Then we'll collate their stories and do something artistic around them, such a a performance, exhibition, publication, piece of music or film.
"But it's the people who will tell their stories and it'll be up to them as to how they want to do it."
The project is the first phase of a four-year project funded by two national grant providers, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Sally said: "Both foundations loved our Youth Takeover project and so they have given us a fresh tranche of funding, but this time to work with new people who aren't fully engaged in the arts.
"We're looking at running an intergenerational project in a smaller community, but it'll be up to the community what stories they tell".
George added: "We're asking groups why they would like to have the project in their community and what groups exist there.
"My role will be to get the workshops up and running, make sure that what the community wants is achievable and potentially bring some artists in who can give the group some skills to produce some artwork.
"But the whole point of LOV Connecting Communities is that it should come from the community and the project should end up being what the community wants."
Any group interested in the LOV Connecting Communities project should contact their parish council for an application form."