Market Place

Boosting arts engagement in market towns
High Lodge event
High Lodge event
Photo: Rated Media
Golden Chairs serenade at the barbers
Golden Chairs serenade at the barbers
Photo: Dan Donovan
United Nations Bureau of Significant Inspiration in Chatteris
United Nations Bureau of Significant Inspiration in Chatteris
Newmarket Kite Symphony
Newmarket Kite Symphony
Photo Alex McElroy
Graffiti workshop with artist Si Mitchell at Chatteris Summer Festival
Graffiti workshop with artist Si Mitchell at Chatteris Summer Festival
Photo: Dan Donovan
United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration project
United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration project
Photo: Dan Donovan
Audience at Brandon Ferry Tales
Audience at Brandon Ferry Tales
Photo: Alex McElroy

Where: Fenland and Forest Heath - March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Wisbech, Brandon, Newmarket, and Mildenhall
With: Babylon ARTS, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, Cambridgeshire Acre, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Wisbech Town Council, Fenland District Council, Suffolk County Council.

Market Place is making creativity matter with communities across seven rural market towns in Fenland and Forest Heath: Chatteris, Brandon, March, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Whittlesey and Wisbech. 

We support and encourage creative activity in each town  which excites and motivates local people to make art and culture part of their everyday lives. Market Place is committed to continuing its work with creative practitioners and artists in these areas to collaborate on and enjoy great arts events and activities, listening to local voices, having creative conversations and sharing decision making to make unexpected things happen where people live. 

The films below gives a flavour of the fun activities and exciting, creative opportunities created across Fenland and Forest Heath by Market Place working with local communities. 

Market Place aims to bring together different audiences, working with a range of partners on diverse creative projects to support the development of a vibrant and sustainable arts ecology across the seven market towns. We want  local people to have their voices heard as they influence and  experience high quality arts on their doorstep as well as encouraging everyone to explore new interests, and find ways to connect with different diverse arts experiences. That might be travelling further or accessing creative digital channels. Local people shape creative programmes by getting involved in groups, collaborations or Creative Forums in each town. 

These groups and forums 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, Instagram or Twitter to find out more.