Cultural Playing Field

Creative People and Places – Arts Council England East briefing session in Thurrock by Robin Simpson
March 23, 2012, 10:29 am
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On Thursday afternoon I was in Purfleet in Essex for an Arts Council England East Creative People and Places briefing session. Thurrock is in the lowest 20% of local authority areas in terms of arts engagement. Hannah Fouracre from ACE East said that only 33% of adults who live in Thurrock engaged with arts activity 3 or more times in 2010 – which means that 110,000 adults in the area did not engage significantly with the arts. We met at High House Production Park, a 14 acre site which is aiming to be a centre of excellence for creative industries, offering high class facilities and state of the art technology. The site includes Grade II listed High House Farm buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and now houses the Royal Opera House Workshop. Representatives of a range of local arts and community organisations took part in an interesting and challenging discussion about how to engage people throughout Thurrock and how to build a vision for culture in the area in 10 years’ time.

Robin Simpson.

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