We worked on the Creative Partnerships programme, for a number of years. The Creative Partnerships programme brought creative workers such as artists, architects and scientists into schools to work with teachers to inspire young people and help them learn. Following government cuts the programme came to an end in September 2011 despite proof of its worth. We worked as agents of change with St Mary’s Catholic College, Devonshire Primary School and Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Blackpool and Peel Park Primary School in Accrington. Creative Partnerships in Lancashire was coordinated by Curious Minds. We’ve worked with them on a number of other initiatives too. Our friendship grows as does the potential for future adventures.
Culturapedia has an extensive portfolio of past work and adventures. We’ve brought councils together from all four UK nations to talk about culture; we’ve managed and facilitated away-days for communities and public sector organisations and undertaken a number of studies and evaluations. Here are some highlights:
Creativity Works Awards
Culturapedia co-ordinated and project managed the acclaimed Creativity Works Awards from 2004 to 2009. These prestigious awards recognised the quality and breadth of the Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. Our work involved managing a glittering peripatetic awards ceremony, soliciting nominations and coordinating the, often fraught, judging process. We also sourced funding from public bodies and via private sponsorship.
From Stephen to Avenham
Culturapedia collaborated with the wonderful Dutch location theatre company PeerGrouP to produce From Stephen to Avenham. A site specific piece of work commissioned by the Preston Guild for 2012.
Working with young people from the Forest of Bowland and Preston, two pieces of original promenade theatre were created and performed in two different locations, 30 miles apart.
In Gisburn Forest we spent a heady summer learning about local Joseph Hodgson; his unrequited love, and his urge to be remembered, and in Preston we brought Joe’s adventures into the city centre, with a re-enactment of the Slaidburn Silver Band, Preston Guild 1902.
The work was two years in the planning, immense fun and goes forward with a legacy project taking place in Gisburn Forest in the summer of 2013 working with Blaize Theatre. Culturapedia created all the local partnerships, undertook local production and raised funding for the activity from the Arts Council Grants for the Arts programme supported by seed funding investment from Preston City Council.
International Village of Culture
Culturapedia was contracted by the Northern Touring Consortium to commission two UK companies (and their international partners) to produce work for a showcase event at the National Rural Touring Forum’s 2009 Conference, in partnership with Culture10. Following their successful showcasing, Dodgy Clutch, and Grand Theatre of Lemmings went on to be commissioned by the Consortium to tour their work across the North in Spring 2011 and we ran the project on their behalf. This project involved multiple partners, a broad funding mix, artistic risk, and the need to make the work deliverable in rural communities. Watch a documentary video about the work here. The project took 5 years, and was funded by the Arts Council and the partners of the Culture10 NewcastleGateshead festival.
LCC’s bid for We Play Cultural Olympiad funding
Culturapedia was commissioned by Lancashire County Council to look at the best way of ensuring Lancashire had a strong Cultural Olympiad presence. Our conclusions were that Lancashire County Council should head up a bid which we went on to coordinate. The bid was successful and developed into the highly praised young people led Blaze project working across Pennine Lancashire, Preston and Blackpool: www.blazeonline.org. We are working closely with Blaze on somewhereto_.
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In 2009/10 Culturapedia led a pilot project for Lancashire County Council and Curious Minds on how best to develop and support the government’s Cultural Entitlement initiative. We worked closely with two contrasting secondary schools, Rhyddings Business and Enterprise College in Oswaldtwistle and Bowland High School in Grindleton. The project demonstrated the support needed for young people to access cultural opportunities outside the curriculum. For this project we worked closely with Paul Hartley who is also working with us on somewhereto_.
Culturapedia were the delivery partners for Plugged In Pennine Lancashire alongside Pendle Leisure Trust and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
Plugged In was an Arts Council England funded strategic touring project designed to develop new audiences for high quality performing arts. Working with new and existing community groups, supporting them to select, promote and market the things that they wanted to see in their local venues.
somewhereto_ is a nationwide service that helps young people access the space they need.
Culturapedia were the regional delivery partners for the North West for nearly five years, helping young people explore their passions and build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy for the area.
Spot On Libraries
Spot On Libraries supports Lancashire County Council library staff and their users to host and promote professional arts events, to be enjoyed by local residents. This three-year project builds on 20 years of work by Spot On and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (CRTA), working with volunteers across rural areas to host high quality arts events in communities where people live.
Spot On and CRTA were awarded £203,602 by Arts Council England over three years to deliver the project across Lancashire and Cheshire with Lancashire receiving 74% of this funding.