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Harlow arts groups encouraged to bid for grants

Communities / Thu 20th Feb 2014 at 09:36am

HARLOW arts groups are being encouraged to bid for “Culture in Essex Small Grants”.

This has come after Essex County Council has revealed the names of those benefitting from the first round of the Culture in Essex Small Grants Scheme for 2014.

In total 10 grants up to £2,500 were made to successful individual artists and projects.

The announcement serves as a reminder that the deadline for applications for the next round of the Culture in Essex Small Grants Scheme is on 31 March 2014.

Six projects received grants up to £2,500.

The Offshoot Foundation was awarded £2,500 to deliver a one-week film making project working with teenagers from the rural area north of Colchester in Wormingford. The film will take the form of a spoof documentary investigating a local dragon legend – the ‘Worm’ of Wormingford – and will include opportunities for learning film making and life skills. The project will be based at Wormingford Community Education Centre, a non-profit-making community-run organisation for lifelong learning.

Chas Mumford and Trevor Taylor of Spiral Arts received £2,500 to stage six concerts plus associated workshops at Hadleigh Old Fire Station featuring national and international artists, who will engage with local schools, colleges and cultural groups.

Stella Payne of Father Hen Theatre was awarded to £2,500 to stage a production of Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel at The Waiting Room in Colchester.

Dan Burman of DMB Arts Ltd was awarded £2,460 to develop a supportive, therapeutic creative opportunity for people with mental health difficulties to explore real life vocations through the medium of devised theatre.

The Colchester Chinese Culture Society received £2,000 as a contribution to its staging of the Lantern Festival at the Mercury Theatre – a special event marking the last day of the Chinese New Year. Showcasing a variety of talents including professional folk dance, folk songs and instrument playing, the festival takes place on 23 February 2014 at 2pm; see http://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/chinese-lantern-festival-gala.

Moving interactive images, audio visual artist Jamie Gledhill was awarded a £2,000 grant to stage and develop a project with community groups based at firstsite in Colchester, who will help inform a large-scale interactive artwork, Luminescence, which will be displayed at firstsite on 10-12 April.

Jamie said: “The Essex County Council Small Grants Scheme has really helped me by enabling me to stage a showcase exhibition at Colchester Firstsite. As an emerging audio visual artist working with projected image and responsive sound design, exhibition equipment hire is a major production cost that is difficult to resolve. Thanks to the grant I now have the means to hire in appropriate equipment and make the most of the showcase opportunity, all of which is a great help in the development of my artistic practice and profile.”

Four individuals received grants of £250 for personal development:

Chelmsford College artist in residence Amy Mountney, to develop a participatory arts project with students at the college, with a view to creating artistic interventions through the city, focusing on heritage sites within Chelmsford.

Sculptor Janie Townshend, who is undertaking a 12 week woodworking course, to help develop her existing skills and improve her technique and finish.

Mary Pullen, to research and develop new work focusing on education, community and participation, researching new model-making techniques.

Freelance graphic designer Sara Hayes, to learn new software to help build her business.

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “I would like to congratulate those individuals who received funding for their projects and hope this encourages them in their community-based artistic endeavours.”

The Culture in Essex Small Grants Schemes are funded and run by Essex County Council, offering one-off project support to arts and heritage projects within Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock).

Deadlines fall on the 31 March and 31 October each year and awards of up to £2,500 are offered to projects which meet the schemes criteria.

Guidance notes and an application form are available at: https://www.essex.gov.uk/Activities/Arts%20Services/Pages/Arts-Funding.aspx

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