Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards over £63,000 to nine community and voluntary organisations from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund


Northamptonshire Community Foundation is pleased to announced that they have awarded nine grants totalling £63,050.51 to voluntary and community organisations across Northamptonshire from Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From pop-up theatre to story creation through to creative workshops, exhibitions and tea dances, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

Made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund has been administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of Arts Council England. The programme is designed to help voluntary and community organisations develop creative and cultural events to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is one of 44 community foundations awarding grants across the country on behalf of the Arts Council.

Outside In Theatre is one of the Northamptonshire organisations to receive funding through the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.  They will work in partnership with Cafe Track, a social enterprise that supports people with autism to access employment through training, support services and creating opportunities. The project will feature a series of workshops delivered by Outside In Theatre’s experienced artists that will be based on creative writing, script writing, collaboration, crafting, prop making, animation, vocal skills and digital communications. Inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee, groups will explore how the Queen will be celebrating 70 years of service with public events, a long bank holiday and the Green Canopy to provide lasting memories of this historic milestone. The group will then use this as a catalyst to develop and produce an original combined-arts piece that is relevant to them. They will be encouraged to celebrate neurodiversity and their own life experiences through film using a smartphone, resulting in the creation of a professionally edited piece of work, which they can share with family and friends at their Café Track Jubilee Festival in June.

Co-Artistic Director Hazel Barnes said: “At Outside In Theatre, we are keen to create projects for diverse audiences and want to engage with different communities and reach people who have less opportunities to access arts and cultural activities. By partnering with Café Track for this project we will be able to help them deliver a creative offer which they do not currently have and use the opportunity to raise awareness of the amazing work they do.

“The workshops will support participants to experience a diverse range of creative skills. The aim is to provide a high quality arts experience that fosters well-being and supports the individuals to meet new people, learn and practise skills whilst being accessible and inclusive. We are delighted to have received funding through the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund and cannot wait to see the final outcome from this project.”
 

Organisation Funded

Project/Event Details

Kings Cliffe & Area Community Sports Project

Two artists skilled in community engagement and street art will work with the local community and organisations such as youth groups and those with community referals to lead a series of skill sharing workshops which will result in the creation of wall murals using spray paints.
 

Masque Theatre

A pop-up theatre piece featuring music, physical comedy/clowning and lots of visual elements to mark the Jubilee. The piece will reference historical stories from the town and the play will tour in non-traditional accessible outdoor spaces.

 

Northampton Hope Centre

A showcase of the talents developed through the learning4life life skills through an art exhibition, exhibition of sculptural work and performance sessions inspired by the life of the Queen.
 

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

A celebratory Queen’s Jubilee tea dance for a group of people that use their ‘Happy at Home’ befriending service.

 

Laugh Out Loud Theatre

Writing and creating a 30 minute play which will feature four professional actors and appeal to people of all ages. The piece will be showcased over the Jubilee celebrations. The play is based on celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s reign with a focus on how she interacts with people on a personal level based on real life stories from those in the local community.
 

Groundwork Northamptonshire

Eight artists will lead workshops for Green Patch users each week in the run up to the Queen’s Jubilee leading to the design and creation of a permanent Tree of Hope structure. A community picnic will see the unveiling of the sculpture and will include a range of performances and activities from local artists.
 

Outside in Theatre

Working in partnership with Cafe Track (A Social Enterprise that support autistic people to access employment through training, support services and creating opportunities), Outside in Theatre will deliver a series of workshops which will result in a compelling combined-arts project inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee.
 

Power of the Minds Network

A community projected called ‘ Bring a flag’ that will bring people together for the celebration of the Queen's Jubilee through dance, music and food, uniting people from different communities. It is called ‘Bring a flag’ as the project aims to encourage those from different countries to get involved.

 

Late Developers Photographic Group

A series of artist led photographic walks starting from various landmark positions around Corby, including rural, woodland and urban locations as well as a celebration event for the Queen's Jubilee which will include performances and a photographic exhibition.
 

 

Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation said: “It gives us such pride that we are the distributors of the 'Let's Create Jubilee Fund', enabling communities to come together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We are looking forward to seeing all the creativity come to life over the coming months and enjoying the celebrations and spectacles that will take place.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said: “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UK Community Foundations, said: “For community foundations, people and places are the priority and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation will be releasing more details about the projects in Northamptonshire that have been funded through the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund in the run up to the Jubilee Weekend as well as information about how you can get involved.
 

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