£1.1million funding boost for Great Yarmouth creative arts

Arts and culture in Great Yarmouth will be in the hands of local people for the next four years with the announcement today (Wednesday August 14th, 2019) of a new project supported by Arts Council England with £1.1 million of National Lottery funding – and led by Voluntary Norfolk.

Freshly Greated aims to increase engagement with the arts among groups of people who are currently least likely to get involved as either audiences or creators. Low participation rates can be due to affordability, accessibility, language or cultural barriers or the fact that some people feel arts ‘is not for them’.

In recognition of this, Freshly Greated will involve local people from the start as programmers, creatives and arts leaders and ultimately as audiences.

The project is a partnership between Voluntary Norfolk, SeaChange Arts, Creative Collisions, Jays Uk Ltd and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, who collectively bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience in community arts and neighbourhood projects.

Lucy Hogg, Head of Communities at Voluntary Norfolk, who will be leading the project, explains more. ‘This is going to be a real adventure for all of us, as we don’t yet know where the project will take us. Local people will be at the absolute heart of Freshly Greated, shaping and creating a cutting-edge arts scene that will reflect the lives, experiences and ambitions of people from all backgrounds and circumstances.’

For more information about all the projects funded in this round, see the Arts Council England website.

Photo Credit; Out There Festival 2018, Bivouac, David Street