£3m bid to bring the arts to Corby

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A BID is being made for up to £3m of funding to get people involved in the arts in Corby.

The town is one of 71 places the Arts Council of England has identified as under-engaging people in the arts, and it is being invited to apply for funding of between £500,000 and £3m.

A group of eight people is preparing the bid, led by Corby Core creative director Chris Sudworth.

They have enlisted the help of Corby Community Arts, who have provided hundreds of contacts, but they only have until Wednesday to submit the bid.

Judy Caine, director of production company Music on Earth, is one of the team behind the bid.

She said: “There are lots of little pockets of good things in Corby and we need to bring that together.

“Because of my experience in working with international artists at international events in the last 18 years I have quite a lot to offer.

“We would spend the money on what the people of Corby want to spend it on. I’d love to have a Corby International Festival with food, fashion, culture and drama.”

Artist Tom Bingham, whose distinctive guitar creations have made him a huge hit, is backing the bid. His work is on display at the new Corby Open exhibition.

He said: “We’ve got a network of 150 artists and an army of volunteers who want to help.

“We have endless people asking to put on their own exhibitions but we are having to knock them back because we can’t get the funding. If this can kick off in these austere times, what is it going to be like in the good times?

“People are working in sheds at the bottom of their gardens. That should not be happening in Corby – it is on the up.”

Anyone with feedback on what they would like to see the money spent on can email Judy Caine at judy@musiconearth.co.uk.