Market Place

Boosting arts engagement in market towns
Brandon Festival Photo: Elena Shampanova
Brandon Festival Photo: Elena Shampanova
Brandon Festival Photo: Elena Shampanova
High Lodge event. Photo: Rated Media
High Lodge event. Photo: Rated Media
High Lodge event. Photo: Rated Media
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
Event at Thetford Forest
Event at Thetford Forest
Photo: Charlie Bryan
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
High Lodge event. Photo: Paul Cotter
Event at Thetford Forest
Event at Thetford Forest
Photo: Charlie Bryan

Where: Fenland and Forest Heath - March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Wisbech, Brandon, Newmarket, and Mildenhall
With: ADeC (Arts Development East Cambridge), 20Twenty Productions CIC, MAP (Music Arts Project) CIC, New Wolsey Theatre, Steph Hogger

Market Place will create an arts market of events and activity in Fenland and Forest Heath, which excites and motivates local people to make art and culture part of their everyday lives.

The market towns of March, Chatteris, Wisbech, Whittlesey, Mildenhall, Brandon and Newmarket will become the creative inspiration for the region.

The project kicked-off in January 2015 with public consultations in each of the towns. This was followed by a summer of creative and engagement events for Market Place to meet local audiences and talk to them about the project. You can read facts and figures about this process here.

Market Place aims to bring together different audiences, various partners, and diverse arts projects to create a vibrant and sustainable arts ecology across the seven towns. It will offer local people an opportunity to experience high quality arts on their doorstep as well as encouraging them to travel further for more diverse arts experiences.

Kate Hall, Project Director for Market Place, says:

"The Creative People and Places programme, which funds Market Place, is all about treading new ground to grow the audiences we haven’t yet reached – I will endeavour to shape our journey so the decision making process is jointly owned and understood, and most importantly creates work, which excites and motivates local people to make art and culture part of their everyday lives”.

Local people will shape the programme by joining one of seven Creative Forums, one in each town. These forums will make decisions on what activities take place and play a key role in helping to make them happen.

This is very much a collaborative project and will rely on a range of partnerships. The public response to Market Place has been great, with expanding networks and new initiatives firmly on the horizon. There are many ways to get involved – join the Creative Forums, subscribe to the Market Place newsletter, or follow Market Place on Facebook or Twitter to find out more.