Transported

Bringing art to people and people to art
Artist Alisha Miller designs wraps for ten FreshLinc lorries
Artist Alisha Miller designs wraps for ten FreshLinc lorries
Photo: Electric Egg
 Sketchcrawls in summer 2014.
Sketchcrawls in summer 2014.
Photo: Electric Egg
Tangled Feet in Spalding
Tangled Feet in Spalding
Photo credit: Kamal Prashar
Faceless Arts wire working workshops 2014
Faceless Arts wire working workshops 2014
Photo: Electric Egg
Photography project with the Fenside Community Centre led by Paul Floyd Blake
Photography project with the Fenside Community Centre led by Paul Floyd Blake
Photo: Electric Egg

Where: Boston Borough and South Holland including Boston, Spalding, Holbeach and surrounding villages.
With: arts NK

"I believe this is a fantastic initiative. Bringing art and entertainment into the community, and encouraging community involvement can only be a good thing… Develop, and grow, but don't stop!"
Participant

Transported helps more people enjoy and take part in some fantastic arts events in and around Boston and South Holland. It’s a mainly rural area whose industries include transportation, agriculture and food processing – Lincolnshire produces 20% of the UK’s food. As well as transporting the arts, artists and activities to residents in remote places, the project also brings people to the arts.

Another key goal is to encourage collaborations between communities, arts organisations, local authorities and museums and libraries. This helps give individuals and organisations the confidence to experiment with compelling new ways of developing inspirational and sustainable art programmes. One recent project saw Transported working with the RSPB to create a stunning piece of public art at Frampton Marsh, helping improve the Marsh’s visitor offer while extending the reach of the arts. 

Partners are wide-ranging, and Transported has already worked closely with local businesses, including a haulage firm that featured artworks on the sides of its lorries. Another project involved the creation of a dance theatre piece with the workforce of a seed growing company in the area: an innovative approach that’s now being rolled out to other local businesses. The way that businesses have embraced the value of arts in the workplace has been one of the project’s biggest achievements so far.

Transported works on smaller scale projects as well as larger public events, and this is all part of a strategy designed to lay the foundations for future partnerships – a key aim in 2015.

Consultation has been central, and ongoing initiatives like ‘On Your Doorstep’ really involve the communities they serve by asking them what they need. This particular initiative brings together civic societies, parish councils, action groups, community centres, housing associations and church groups. It’s all part of Transported’s mission to boost inclusion and spread the arts as far and wide as possible within the area.