I was in Boston, Lincolnshire, on Wednesday to meet the Boston Creative People and Places consortium – one of 7 consortia funded by Arts Council England in the first round of Creative People and Places. We discussed the consortium’s plans to increase arts engagement in Boston and South Holland over the next 3 years. Their planned programme is called ‘Transported’ and is built around a transport theme. In their business plan they say
“The Lincolnshire landscape has been drawn by transport routes; railways and rivers slicing through the fields, linking up communities (or not) and roman roads that carry the lorries that transport millions of tons of food to and from Europe … The concept of Transport sits at the centre of our approach: transporting people to arts events or activities, transporting artists to remote places, transporting specialist equipment to the places it will be used, transporting knowledge to people and offering experiences that transport participants and audiences. We will use the lorries themselves as canvasses for artworks, create cultural links to mirror commercial routes and use the food processing factories and haulage companies as places to engage people in arts activity.”
On Wednesday we talked about the potential involvement of existing local amateur arts groups in Transported and how we could encourage people to establish new amateur arts groups as part of the programme.
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