The first round of a new £10 million boost to the Creative People and Places programme sees over £5 million granted  by Arts Council England (ACE) to six existing projects based throughout England.

The programme, designed by ACE to ensure that more people create and experience art within their own communities, was founded on an initial investment of £37 million between 2013-16. With 21 projects in total, the new funds will see programmes continue to grow between 2016-19 as new funding rounds for the remaining sum are announced.

Right up our Street in Doncaster, Yorkshire receives £775,530 to further build audiences and show ‘awe-inspiring art’ with a focus on Doncaster’s annual arts festival.

Blackpool and Wyre’s LeftCoast receive £1 million. This will go towards expanding on five key areas of their programme, including high-calibre comissioning and an embedded, sustainable approach.

Appetite, who work with community groups accross Stoke on Trent, also receive £1 million to support more people to experience the arts, including a development programme for artists.

Community at the centre

£735,000 will support Creative Barking and Dagenham‘s varied programme that puts the community at the centre of decision-making, while bait (pictured above) in South East Northumberland will use its £998,421 grant to ceate an ambitious programme of community-embedded, risk-taking art activity.

Transported in Boston and South Holland in the East Midlands, receives £700,000 to further its work in breaking down barriers to accessing the arts in rural communities.

“I’m excited by all the activity created through Creative People and Places that has already taken place to date and by the vision of the successful applicants,” said Phil Cave, director of engagement and audiences at ACE.

“All the projects have the potential to make a visible and lasting impact on the places where the work will happen and, very importantly, they all share the ambition to unite increased access with excellent art.”

To find out more about the Creative People and Places projects visit the programme website

More on

Status of the Artist: the International Association of Art Europe conference – Artist and AIR Council member Joseph Young reports from Pilsen, Czech Republic