ACE boosts 'arts-deprived' areas

Six projects to share an extra £5.2m

Arts Council England has boosted six arts projects in its programme for disadvantaged areas of Britain.

ACE is planning to spend an extra £5,208,951 in funding on six existing projects supported through the Creative People and Places programme.

The successful applicants are:
• Right up our Street – Doncaster, Yorkshire – £775,530
• LeftCoast – Blackpool and Wyre, North West – £1,000,000
• Appetite – Stoke on Trent, West Midlands – £1,000,000
• Creative Barking and Dagenham – Barking and Dagenham, London – £735,000
• bait – South East Northumberland, North East – £998,421
• Transported – Boston and South Holland, East Midlands – £700,000

The Creative People and Places programme is designed to ensure more people create and experience arts and culture in the places where arts participation is generally low.

ACE has already given £37m for the period 2013-2016, and has agreed an extra £10m in additional funding for existing Creative People and Places projects. This funding is split in two rounds, the second of which will be announced in April 2017.

The projects all include innovative ideas for engaging with new audiences and helping communities to take the lead in shaping arts activity relevant to the local area. In 2014/15, the programme engaged with over 600,000 people across England. Research shows that 75% of Creative People and Places audiences and participants are from groups with low or medium engagement in the arts.

The Left Coast programme in Blackpool, which gets £1m in extra cash,  has been created to lead grassroots culture in the area, and is developing an artistic identity for Blackpool and the surrounding region. The second project to receive £1 million is Appetite, which is led by the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and works with community groups in Stoke-on-Trent to develop skills and ideas in order to inspire people to create their own arts events.

Other projects to receive money include an annual arts festival in Doncaster, which has been given £775,530, and the continuation of the Bait programme in Northumberland, which connects communities with artists. It has been awarded £998,421.

Leisure in the Community in Lincolnshire and Creative Barking and Dagenham are the last of the six projects to receive extra funding.

Phil Cave, director of audiences and engagement for ACE, said the funded 

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