Marian Anderson: Corby’s arts scene has a spring in its step

Oakley Vale Community Centre was transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative last year
Oakley Vale Community Centre was transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative last year

We’ve a spring in our step at Made in Corby this month.

This follows three informal drop-in sessions at Danesholme and Corby libraries and the Autumn Centre.

There’s no shortage of great ideas for getting involved in arts from Corby people!

Thank you to everyone who came along to talk about their ideas and find out more about our Big Ideas fund.

Given Corby’s rich and varied musical history, we were delighted to hear you’d like to get involved in more music activities.

From an event where you’d write and create your own original music to putting poetry to music, from dancing workshops to open microphone nights and live bands, from Scottish and Gypsy folk music to orchestral concerts and singing workshops – ideas spanned every age group and every art form from creative writing, painting, drawing and sewing to organising a Corby craft show, visiting museums, galleries and arts and crafts exhibitions.

Our Big Ideas panel is now up-and-running and we’ve a Big Ideas application form available on request via email –

You could get between £500 and £5,000 to invest in a Big Idea that’s ambitious, working with artists of the highest calibre. If you’ve a big idea that can’t be achieved through the usual routes, tell us how Made in Corby can help you make something different happen.

Artists can also apply jointly with any community group.

Investment can be used to make a bigger application for other grant funds too – do talk to us if you’re interested in finding out how to do this.

Our Made in Corby 2016 musical brief is now out with four professional writing teams.

Their initial ideas are being performed at The Core on Saturday, May 9, when the audience has their say and, along with the community producing committee and musical experts, will choose the winning team. More about that soon!

Our final exciting news is that we’re putting the finishing touches to taster workshops in early May with Frantic Assembly, working towards to our July Big Night Out at The Core on July 9 and 10.

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