Corby to get £900,000 for arts projects

Made in Corby
Made in Corby

Corby is to get almost £900,000 more to spend on art and culture, including three festivals.

The money has come from Arts Council England and has been given to the Made in Corby team.

The new funding will create one full-time member of staff and mean that two 12-month apprentice training opportunities can be offered.

Made in Corby is one of seven cultural organisations across England to receive a share of £6.3m in the latest round of funding.

Since launching in 2013, Made in Corby has staged more than 290 events involving more than 17,500 people.

Made in Corby will use the £885,325 to produce a new programme of work that will further develop its plans to transform Corby into a creative and cultural hub, where its diverse communities are engaged in art and culture that is made by, with and for them.

It will support a new three-year programme that brings ambitious and inspiring arts projects to Corby.

Led by local people, it will centre around three festivals reflecting the fact that Corby is the fastest growing UK borough outside of London.

The programme will also provide programming and commissioning opportunities for community groups, alongside bespoke support for artists working with local communities.

Helen Willmott from Made in Corby said: “We are thrilled that Made in Corby will be able to continue to engage more local people than ever before in high-quality arts activities.

“This investment from Arts Council England will enable us to expand on our pledge to put local people at the heart of art provision in the borough and to strengthen our relationship with local artists, arts organisations and community groups.”

Peter Knott from Arts Council England said: “Arts and culture make the places we live vibrant and exciting, entertaining and inspiring us, benefiting our wellbeing and helping local economies.

“This new investment in Made in Corby will see the team build on their achievements so far through the production of new projects that ensure more people in Corby can take part in and enjoy great artistic and cultural events in their communities.”