We manage and deliver a range of projects related to arts and culture. Our core projects are:

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Plugged In

Culturapedia are the delivery partners for Plugged In Pennine Lancashire alongside Pendle Leisure Trust and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Plugged In is a new 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 want to see in their local venues. Visit the website

 

Spot On Lancashire

Spot On Lancashire collaborates with professional touring artists, volunteers and other partners to ensure that isolated communities in Lancashire can enjoy outstanding arts events on their doorstep. We programme two seasons of touring work a year, and work with other partners in the North on commissioning projects. Spot On is a network coordinated by Culturapedia as part of the Cheshire Lancashire Touring Partnership.

www.spotonlancashire.co.uk

 

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.

 

Why we love libraries

This week is National Libraries Week. Over the past three years our NPO project Spot On has been working in Lancashire libraries to programme professional theatre, music, storytelling, children’s work and more in these fantastic community hubs. Here Director Rob tells explains why we love libraries…

Illustration of Rob Gee’s performance ‘Forget Me Not’ at Poulton Library by Cath Ford

 

I must admit, when we started our big library project in 2015, I was a bit nervous. I know from previous experience that there is a very different culture in libraries to what we are used to working in the arts. In some ways it’s a very different profession that you would think might attract a different type of person in the first place.

 

On top of all this, as we started our project, austerity cuts hit Lancashire County Council hard. Some very difficult decisions had to be made and we were starting our project at a point when libraries were closing and experienced staff were being made redundant. As time progressed, libraries endured more change as closed libraries were reopened and new staff engaged.

 

What I wasn’t prepared for was the sheer positivity of the librarians that we have worked with. Admittedly, our approach was to push at the open doors, respond to those who were keen to get involved and wait for the more cautious to be inspired by the adventurous. We also engaged our secret weapon. Lyndsey Wilson, who can charm and cajole anyone when armed with cake (or as we like to call it, Calorie Aided Knowledge Enhancer). We had to work through some issues. A perception that library users wouldn’t pay for tickets was one that we’ve proved wrong. This season some of our libraries are charging and getting £10 a seat.

 

One issue that we still face is that our dedicated library promoters sometimes feel a bit guilty that they are having so much fun putting on Spot On shows in their spaces. It doesn’t quite feel enough like work. It is work, It takes a lot of coordination, selling tickets, dealing with performers, juggling space and staffing. It brings new people in and adds greatly to the experience of existing users.

 

Libraries are the most democratic and safest places that I can think of. Unlike a lot of ‘arts’ spaces, no one feels uncomfortable or unwelcome crossing a library threshold. Our great new library friends continue to take amazing professional arts to communities across Lancashire. We love libraries and we love librarians.