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St Paul's Street Life project taps into creative life of Spalding area until Easter

A two-month arts project bringing colour and creativity to the St Paul's area of Spalding is set to excite all ages until Easter.

St Paul's Church, Fulney, off Holbeach Road, Spalding, has teamed up with Transported Art to organise a community arts project which includes printing, pottery and paper making.

The St Paul's Street Life project was officially launched on February 18 with an all-age creative play day at the church, led by Lincolnshire artists Laura Mabbutt, Andy Penny and Kathleen Smith who travelled in Transported Art's very own ice cream van.

Artist Laura Mabbutt works with youngsters during an all-age creative play day at St Paul's Church, Spalding.Photo by Mark Bowery.
Artist Laura Mabbutt works with youngsters during an all-age creative play day at St Paul's Church, Spalding.Photo by Mark Bowery.

Laura said: "We're really excited about taking our mobile studio onto the streets, meeting people and getting up to some creative activities in the van.

"It's important to us that we get to know local people, finding out what creative activities they already enjoy, offering some new experiences and finding out what we should offer in future that will really excite the people of St Pauls and help tell their stories"

Mark Bowery, of Transported Art which has been working to raise public participation in the arts across South Holland and Boston since 2013, said: "The St Paul’s Street Life project sees three multidisciplinary, Lincolnshire-based artists giving the opportunity to residents of St. Paul’s to have a go at a range of traditional craft activities and new technologies, such as 3D printing and animation, with a view to creating a larger-scale project later in 2019.

"The aim of this mini-project, which runs from February 18 until April 18, is two-fold.

"Firstly, we want members of the St Paul’s community to come and get involved with creative activities that they have possibly not tried before.

"Secondly, we want to hear what activities they have enjoyed and what they would like to do more of, even if it means trying something different in the future."

Transported Art, a ten-year plan to improve the cultural life of South Holland and Boston through the arts, is funded by Arts Council England.

Between 2013 and 2019, £3.8million into the Creative People and Places programme that Transported Art comes under, having delivered nearly 600 activities to about 26,000 people over the last six years.

The Reverend Paul Whiteley, assistant curate at St Paul's Church, said: "It was a real pleasure to welcome members of the Transported Art team to St Paul's and to be able to work with them, providing support and space for them to do their valuable work within the area.

"I had never heard of Transported Are before beingcontacted to see if we would like to partner with them in St Paul's.

"Having met with some of the team, and particularly the artists, they were very inspiring and enthusiastic about their work and fields of expertise.

The Revd Capt Captain Paul Whiteley.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG200617-200TW. (7571987)
The Revd Capt Captain Paul Whiteley.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG200617-200TW. (7571987)

"But what was really good was how there is an opportunity within the area for people of all ages to have a go and try something new.

"We already host a Samba group on Tuesday evenings and there will be further opportunities as the Transported Art team work out of the church hall and also take their mobile studio around the community.

"Music, dance, design, pottery, painting and working with wood, each contributing lots of fun and helping to bring the creative arts to local areas, as well as supporting the well-being of all ages in the St Paul's area."

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