Creative Scene

A proper Yorkshire mix of arts with 'Scenemakers' taking the lead
Ticket to Ride: Commuters on the TransPennine Express Line tell their stories, projected from the station waiting room transformed into a giant light box
Ticket to Ride: Commuters on the TransPennine Express Line tell their stories, projected from the station waiting room transformed into a giant light box
Charlotte Graham Photography
A talented group of young women created a promenade piece directed by Evie Manning and written by Aisha Zia, inspired by the Brontes in the historic surrounding of Red House Museum
A talented group of young women created a promenade piece directed by Evie Manning and written by Aisha Zia, inspired by the Brontes in the historic surrounding of Red House Museum
Photo: Paul Floyd Blake
Museum of Hidden Delights: this Dewsbury Market Stall had something special on offer – upcycling old toys to create weird and wonderful  robotic creatures
Museum of Hidden Delights: this Dewsbury Market Stall had something special on offer – upcycling old toys to create weird and wonderful robotic creatures
Charlotte Graham Photography
Textiles at the Mill: Artist Cassandra Kilbride worked with shoppers to make a textile hanging for the mill
Textiles at the Mill: Artist Cassandra Kilbride worked with shoppers to make a textile hanging for the mill
Photo: Paul Floyd Blake
Bingo Balls, Batley
Bingo Balls, Batley
Photo: Charlotte Graham

Where: Batley, Birkenshaw, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Gomersal and Liversedge in West Yorkshire
With: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Batley Festival, Kirklees Council

“I turned the corner and just went  ‘WOW’! We just didn’t expect anything like it…. these huge fiery heads and magical gardens of lights - everyone was smiling as they walked around”
Participant

Creative Scene has its sights firmly set on making art a bigger and bolder part of everyday life in this part of West Yorkshire. It also aims to help grow a vibrant art scene with a busy programme of events, gigs and festivals.

The project covers an area of historic towns and villages around the steep valleys of Pennine Yorkshire: a rural-urban area that’s home to 180,000 people. One of its main goals is to see residents engage with the arts more, creating and experiencing great art right where they live as well as inspiring others to do the same.

Creative Scene is looking at new ways to grow the arts and develop partnerships that support and sustain a rich arts and cultural scene. It’s testing out different places to host arts events and different ways that ordinary people can get involved in the arts. Special ‘Scenemakers’  - local volunteers - form the heart of the initiative, developing new projects that become part of the fabric of the area, adding to its distinctiveness and appeal. 

The project is collaborating widely to make great art happen in places where people live, work, shop and play. It’s bringing together local businesses, housing associations, retail parks, transport companies, health providers, educational institutions and the professional, amateur and voluntary arts sectors. Individual residents are actively involved too, initiating and taking part in a wide range of events including cabaret, opera, digital light shows, film and even outdoor bingo!

One of the project’s biggest successes to date has been There Will Be Fire: an entrancing seasonal fire garden show by pa-BOOM, which took place in Dewsbury’s Crow Nest Park. The event attracted more than 2,000 people, many of whom said they’d never engaged with the arts before then, and just the kind of people this project aims to reach.