Get creative with ways to spend share of £1.5m
Residents are being invited to have their say on how to spend
Swale’s share of a £1.5 million arts grant.
Last summer, we reported how Arts Council England has awarded
£1,476,000 to a consortium called Creative People and Places: Swale
and Medway, which is made up of different groups to spend on
The Swale and Medway group was one of seven successful
applicants across England and the only one in the South East.
In total, just under £16 million has been awarded.
To give Islanders the chance to put forward their ideas on how
it could be used, a creative activity day has been organised.
Residents are being invited to go along and take part and also
give their suggestions on what kinds of art projects, events and
activities could be staged with the money to improve the
The aim of the grant is to inspire people and groups who don’t
think the arts are for them, to get involved.
The consortium has organised an event to meet members of the
Sheppey public at a clay day which has been organised by
FrancisKnight Contemporary Arts Practice, which is one of the
It will take place on Saturday, February 23, at Castle
Connections in Railway Terrace, Queenborough, from 11am until
As well as getting your hands dirty making clay models, you will
be able to talk about your ideas for how the cash could be
Three more public events including a pop-up cinema and
interactive performances are being organised for March as well.
Residents are also asked to nominate ‘community catalysts’ –
which will be prominent members of Island life who already do a lot
locally and will be able to engage others to get involved.
Nominations can be made at the clay day and via the website
(address below) from March.
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