East Kent granted £1,489,255 from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council for community arts project

PUBLISHED: 12:33 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 17 March 2017

Primary school children from Ramsgate will be involved in the project in collaboration with Turner Contemporary

Primary school children from Ramsgate will be involved in the project in collaboration with Turner Contemporary


The Pioneering Places scheme aims to boost the districts commuity engagement in the arts

East Kent has been granted £1,489,255 of funding for a heritage and arts project aimed a creating ‘greater community cohesion’ in the district.

The grant is part of the £20 million Great Place Scheme, - run by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic England - making east Kent one of 16 places across the country to recieve this investment for arts, culture, and heritage.

The funds will be used to support Pioneering Places, a project that will aim to boost east Kent’s heritage, civic pride, and conntect artists with communities. It will be delivered through a three-year partnership between the Turner Contemporary, the Creative Foundation, and Canterbury City Council.

Lin Fairbrass, deputy leader of Thanet District Council and cabinet member for community services, said: “It is fantastic that the Great Place programme has seen the potential that Thanet and east Kent has to offer the cultural world. I’m delighted that Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage England are going to make a considerable investment in culture focused on Ramsgate in Thanet. We are thrilled for the whole East Kent area.”

Rob Kenyon, director of community services at Thanet District Council added: “Thanet is one of the leading cultural hubs in the UK and our creative sector has grown by 84 per cent in the past four years. The council, working with partners like the Turner Contemporary, is committed to putting culture at the heart of its community and its regeneration and is delighted that Ramsgate is part of Pioneering Places. The investment will act as a catalyst for the town’s vibrant and growing cultural scene, bringing with it greater community cohesion, educational attainment and a positive impact on jobs, health and wellbeing.”

Turner Contemporary will be working with Thanet District Council and primary school children in Ramsgate to show how Ramsgate Harbour could be remodelled.

Children will be working with planners, designers, artists, historians, and a philospher. They will commission an artist to make an artwork of the site, and a designer to creat a new interpretation, driven by their ideas and interests.

Clive Stevens, chair of Turner Contemporary said: “I am very excited that through this significant investment in our work, by working in partnership, we will now be able to collaborate with children in Ramsgate to make a positive and monumental impact.”

The projects in Folkestone, Thanet and Canterbury, will be led by the partnership organisations that will also collaborate with Dover organisations to develop a further exemplar project.

Hedley Swain, area director, south east, Arts Council England, said: “Arts, culture and heritage have a really important part in making places what they are; in bringing communities together; in promoting a sense of pride in where people live; in attracting tourists; and in contributing to the local economy. There is already an exciting momentum around arts, culture and heritage in east Kent, but this new funding from the Great Place Scheme will be important in driving this forward. Pioneering Places will ensure that arts, culture and heritage are firmly embedded in the future social and economic priorities of the region, cementing it as a place people want to live, work and visit.”

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