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Arts and Cultural Fund supports free events and community activities across Essex

Education / Mon 18th Mar 2024 at 08:06am

ESSEX County Council is funding exhibitions, events and activities that bring communities together.

Essex residents will enjoy a range of free and low-cost activities, events and exhibitions this year due to the Arts and Cultural Fund.

The fund, which forms part of Essex County Council’s Everyone’s Essex pledge, has supported over 70 county-wide arts and cultural projects since launching in December 2021.

Artists and cultural organisations will receive funding ranging from £2,500 to £30,000 this year – depending on the size of their project – to support local and county-wide activities that bring communities together.

Residents and visitors to Colchester and Tendring can enjoy weekend outdoor activities by the Art Exchange. There will also be a Capturing Life Stories exhibition by St Helena’s Hospice that celebrates patients’ lives.

Visual artists Chrissie Richards and Becky Jackson will host workshops for the Brightlingsea community, which will see 10 new artworks created around the town’s historic lido.

Creative workshops by Tendring artist Jane Stewart will see young people with SEND create a visual art project exploring local history and environmental issues affecting Harwich and Dovercourt.

Artist Connor Turansky will develop an interactive installation for a tech-art festival in south Essex. Working alongside the Creative Tech Festival in Basildon, the project will feature networking events and an interactive artwork.

Working with the University of East Anglia and artists Close and Remote, the Field Notes project will engage people in outdoor spaces through a series of walks and discoveries. A short film will then be shown locally.

The Feelgood Music Project will explore Canvey Island’s musical heritage in a summer holiday workshop for 10 to 16-year-olds. Delivered in collaboration between the Northwick Park Academies Trust, National Song School and music charity Ewans Music Trust, the workshop will include music and filming activities.

The Saffron Hall Trust is launching Saffron Sounds Live – a concert experience reaching 800 students and teachers in Harlow and Epping. It will close with a specially created performance from award-winning saxophonist Jess Gilliam.

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Essex Book Festival is producing a series of community workshops called The Book Project. The festival’s theme, called ‘This Land’, celebrates Essex’s rich diversity, heritage and natural environment.

The Essex Film Festival will celebrate world-class independent cinema along with regional and international film talent. Held in venues in Castlepoint, Chelmsford, Colchester and Harwich, the weeklong festival will feature screenings, masterclasses and networking events for emerging industry talent.

Travelling theatre company Matipo Arts will showcase its production of Asha and The Troll. It will be created with children before being performed in Harlow schools and across the county.

Councillor Mark Durham, Cabinet Member for The Arts, Heritage and Culture, said: “This year’s applications for the Arts and Cultural Fund were fantastic, as demonstrated by the wide array of projects Essex residents will be able to enjoy.

“From festivals to interactive workshops, there is a great event taking place in every corner of the county for residents of all ages.

“The fact we had so many high-quality applications for the fund again is testament to the amount of highly skilled and creative art and cultural practitioners we have in Essex.”

For more information about the Arts and Cultural Fund visit www.explore-essex.com/arts-culture-fund

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Arts and Cultural Fund supports free events and community activities across Essex
Essex County Council is funding exhibitions, events and activities that bring communities together.  Essex residents will enjoy a range of free and low-cost activities, events and exhibitions this year due to the Arts and Cultural Fund.The fund, which forms part of Essex County Council’s Everyone’s Essex pledge, has supported over 70 county-wide arts and cultural projects since launching in December 2021.Artists and cultural organisations will receive funding ranging from £2,500 to £30,000 this year – depending on the size of their project – to support local and county-wide activities that bring communities together.Residents and visitors to Colchester and Tendring can enjoy weekend outdoor activities by the Art Exchange. There will also be a Capturing Life Stories exhibition by St Helena’s Hospice that celebrates patients’ lives.Visual artists Chrissie Richards and Becky Jackson will host workshops for the Brightlingsea community, which will see 10 new artworks created around the town’s historic lido.Creative workshops by Tendring artist Jane Stewart will see young people with SEND create a visual art project exploring local history and environmental issues affecting Harwich and Dovercourt.Artist Connor Turansky will develop an interactive installation for a tech-art festival in south Essex. Working alongside the Creative Tech Festival in Basildon, the project will feature networking events and an interactive artwork.Working with the University of East Anglia and artists Close and Remote, the Field Notes project will engage people in outdoor spaces through a series of walks and discoveries. A short film will then be shown locally.The Feelgood Music Project will explore Canvey Island’s musical heritage in a summer holiday workshop for 10 to 16-year-olds. Delivered in collaboration between the Northwick Park Academies Trust, National Song School and music charity Ewans Music Trust, the workshop will include music and filming activities.The Saffron Hall Trust is launching Saffron Sounds Live – a concert experience reaching 800 students and teachers in Harlow and Epping. It will close with a specially created performance from award-winning saxophonist Jess Gilliam.To mark its 25th anniversary, the Essex Book Festival is producing a series of community workshops called The Book Project. The festival’s theme, called ‘This Land’, celebrates Essex’s rich diversity, heritage and natural environment.The Essex Film Festival will celebrate world-class independent cinema along with regional and international film talent. Held in venues in Castlepoint, Chelmsford, Colchester and Harwich, the weeklong festival will feature screenings, masterclasses and networking events for emerging industry talent.Travelling theatre company Matipo Arts will showcase its production of Asha and The Troll. It will be created with children before being performed in Harlow schools and across the county.Councillor Mark Durham, Cabinet Member for The Arts, Heritage and Culture, said: “This year’s applications for the Arts and Cultural Fund were fantastic, as demonstrated by the wide array of projects Essex residents will be able to enjoy.”From festivals to interactive workshops, there is a great event taking place in every corner of the county for residents of all ages.”The fact we had so many high-quality applications for the fund again is testament to the amount of highly skilled and creative art and cultural practitioners we have in Essex.”For more information about the Arts and Cultural Fund visit www.explore-essex.com/arts-culture-fund
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