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2016 Creative Fund Awards

The awarded projects for 2016 are - 

BUTTERFLY PSYCHE THEATRE receive an Award of £5,000 to support the delivery of Schools, Community and Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) appropriate workshops based around their Christmas Production of The Snow Child.  The workshops will be created and delivered by experienced professionals and offered in a range of needs/capacity during the spring.

MERLIN THEATE receive an Award of £7,000 to purchase lighting and sound equipment to replace old items with modern equivalents.  The Award will cover the purchase of a new sound desk, dimmers and 4 new LED movable lights.  This is part of a major upgrade at the Merlin Theatre. 

BATH CANTATA GROUP receive an Award of £1,000 to support a large scale concert marking their Diamond Jubilee season.  The concert will see Bath Cantata join forces with Bradford-on-Avon Choral Society and The Paragon Singers accompanied by an orchestra of mostly local musicians and two international soloists to perform Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Vaughan Williams’ Te Deum, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto

GOLDEN OLDIES CHARITY receive an Award of £617.98 to purchase music equipment for a new social singing session in Combe Down, to upgrade equipment for existing sessions in Englishcombe and Bathwick, and to support the replacement of equipment used for a session in Withywood, Bristol.

KILTER THEATRE receive an Award of £4,094 to purchase a bicycle-powered generator, an outdoor battery-powered amplifier, a small set of theatre lights, waterproof sails and ground tarpaulins.  This equipment will support effective and comfortable delivery of outdoor site-responsive theatre-related activities.

THE CARERS CENTRE receive an Award of £5,000 to support a year long programme of arts, expanding and building on the work with young carers (5-25 years).  Artist led sessions will culminate in a Carers Arts Event 2016 as part of engagement with the wider Fringe Art Bath.  The Carers Centre is working towards inclusion of the arts and creativity throughout its activities, and this project forms a foundation for the development of a larger major project to include eight regional Carers Centres.

MOORLANDS SCHOOL FEDERATION PTA receive an Award of £1,000 which will cover the publication of a 2016 Anthology of Stories and Illustrations.  Moorlands School and the PTA will run a creative writing and illustration competition, which is completed in school to ensure all of the children can take part.  The 70+ page book will feature 120 creative writing and illustration pieces, a third of the school, and all the children will receive a copy of the book.

MENTORING PLUS receive an Award of £7,442 to deliver an arts programme for young people at risk (7 – 21 year olds) entitled “A World We Want” to build emotional literacy and confidence through arts participation.  Workshops led by high quality artists covering 2D art, photography, audio, collage and video to graphic art will culminate with a week-long exhibition in Bath, providing a setting for a celebration of mentoring and an opportunity for the visiting public to participate in an audience project describing the world they want.

YOUTH RADIO ROCKS receive an Award of £2,727 to internally construct a mobile radio station including the purchase of specialist equipment.  The mobile studio will go to areas including Keynsham, Radstock, Peasedown St John, where the Organisation will work with children and young people (13 – 25 years old) from a variety of backgrounds in the medium of radio which will include creating content. 

ART AT THE HEART receive an Award of £3,000 to support an intergenerational project entitled “Small Acts of Kindness Make a Difference”.  The Project will involve weekly creative workshops with resident artist Edwina Bridgeman on both the Children and Adolescent’s Ward and Combe Ward, a Dementia friendly ward for elderly patients. Inspired by 2016 being the Centenary of the opening of WWI Bath War Hospital the Project will culminate in a 3D mixed media ‘tapestry’ as a lasting legacy, which will be shown permanently at the RUH.

CHURCHFIELDS, THE VILLAGE SCHOOL receive an Award of £10,000 to create a natural outdoor theatre with grass seating cut into the sloping playing fields at the School, the Children will be central to all stages of the Project.  Working with Woodland Adventurers and a performing arts specialist the School will use the space to teach performing arts including acting, stage management, advertising and budgeting.  The outdoor performances open to the local community will create future funding to sustain the ongoing Project. 

5x5x5=creativity receive an Award of £2,500 to support a programme of interdisciplinary workshops in the House of Imagination as part of their annual Forest of Imagination participatory arts event.  The workshops will be open to all ages, with a focus on families and engaging harder to reach audiences with contemporary art and creativity.  The Award will support artists being commissioned to design a creative learning experience that engages audiences with the Forest installations and artworks through workshops in the House of Imagination.

MIDSOMER NORTON SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP receive an Award of £3,400 to enable a group of students from across the four schools in the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership (two secondaries and two primaries) to work with a local artist to create sculptures in response to the environment.  The sculptures will be constructed from durable materials and will be placed in two adjacent venues in Midsomer Norton in early summer 2016.

AGE UK BaNES receive an Award of £993 to purchase improved equipment and art materials for their Art Group that runs throughout the year.  The Award will fund folding tables, art supplies and picture frames.  The picture frames will be used for the annual art display which features the work of the group.

PAPER ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT receive an Award of £5,778.50 to support their project “Reconnecting Bristol” focusing on Easton, St Paul's, Bedminster and Knowle.  In each area creative sessions will be held in disused spaces for up to 100 local artists to document Bristol's shifting infrastructure using different mediums such as painting, poetry, photography, sculpture and illustration.  The sessions will lead to an exhibition at a community space in need of regeneration in each of the areas. Paper will host a retrospective exhibition in their city centre gallery and print a map that will reconnect all the spaces regenerated throughout this project.



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