Artists needed to create views of downtown Kettering at a pop-up cultural event
A creative collaboration of artists will launch a £ 90,000 program of cultural events and renovation aimed at revitalizing Kettering’s main street.
The grant is a tranche of four-year, £ 95million High Streets Heritage Action Zones funding awarded to 67 major streets in England in May 2021 after a successful bid to the government.
Kettering Cultural Consortium, a group of the city’s leading cultural groups, working with the North Northamptonshire Council, will use the £ 90,000 for a cultural activities program “which asks residents to look beyond names and perceptions and consider instead the unique substance of Kettering, both its people and its places ”.
To launch the Kettering Heritage Action Zone The Kettering Cultural Consortium’s program, Made With Many, is looking for 15 local artists to create a new piece representing downtown Kettering.
Helen Willmott, Program Director at Made With Many, said: “This is a really exciting project that will open up opportunities for visual artists with a close connection to Kettering.
“We are really looking forward to seeing local talent showcased in this way and local residents and downtown visitors will also have the opportunity to create their own artwork, either with their own material or by collecting a pack of art. ‘activities. of the team.
The Kettering Cultural Consortium includes the Friends of the Kettering Art Gallery and Museum, the Kettering Civic Society, Picture the Difference and Wicksteed Park, and its associates, the Friends of Kettering Library, the Kettering and District Art Society and Northamptonshire Heritage Forum
Funding from Historic England will be used for a program of arts, culture and heritage events in the city center, including street theater, walks and guided lectures, as well as art, heritage, photography and local industries.
As part of this program, Made With Many will create a pop-up event in downtown Kettering, during the first two weekends of September 2021, inspired by Sky Arts’ “Landscape Designer of the Year”.
Made With Many is a community-based arts program that has worked in Corby and Wellingborough to produce events and activities designed to inspire locals more than ever to take the initiative to experiment, create and participate in arts activities. and cultural activities of high quality. .
They are looking for people working in any form of visual art, from sculpture, painting and textiles to pottery, drawing and digital to create a diverse exhibit and showcase the wide range of arts activities. visuals that take place locally.
The work would be created live on Kettering High Street, Gold Street, Market Place and surrounding areas, with artists working at kiosks across the city center, to capture a range of views and interpretations of the area. The resulting works of art will then be presented to the public in a central exhibition and it is hoped that it will include a wide range of artists, mediums and styles.
Alongside the exhibition, historical downtown details related to each work will be presented, along with details of future development work, such as improved storefronts and street furniture.
A community decision-making panel, comprising members of the Kettering Cultural Consortium, will work with the Made With Many team to select the artists who will participate in the project.
The cultural program will provide four years of cultural activities nationwide, helping to make main streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant for people to live, work and spend time in.
Eilis Scott, Acting Regional Director for Historic England Midlands, said: “The Main Street Culture Program is a radical change in the way we envision bringing Main Streets back from the brink in the Midlands.
“As we start to see these important historic spaces regenerate with the help of construction, it is community-led cultural work that is helping people enjoy their main street again and have a say in it. what the future of their main street could be. “