Made with Many

Inspiring local people to take the lead in creating new arts experiences
Grow Festival 2018
Grow Festival 2018
Photo: Adam Balcomb
Music of the Spheres by Eye Music. Grow Festival
Music of the Spheres by Eye Music. Grow Festival
Photo:AB Digital UK
No Way Back with Frantic Assembly and community cast
No Way Back with Frantic Assembly and community cast
Photo: Scott Graham
Grow Festival 2018
Grow Festival 2018
Photo: Adam Balcomb
Grow Festival 2018
Grow Festival 2018
Photo: Adam Balcomb
Field Day Festival.
Field Day Festival.
Photo: Adam Balcom
Corby Mardi Gras 2017
Corby Mardi Gras 2017
Photo: Adam Balcomb

Where: Corby & Wellingborough
With: Groundwork Northamptonshire, Corby Community Arts, Greatwell Homes, KHL Big Local Partnership, Support Northamptonshire, Teamwork Trust and The Core at Corby Cube

“I have listened to music I never would have chosen, tried activities I never would have done and found a love for poetry.” Festival Goer

Made With Many is a community-led arts programme which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high-quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made With Many puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events. 

From our beginnings in 2014 to the end of March 2020, Made With Many has held 1,375 activities and events, including workshops, performances, festivals and consultations. These have enabled 142,873 engagements with the arts as well as 11,678 hours of volunteering.

Since 2014 Made With Many have been creating new audiences for art in Corby and more recently, Wellingborough. According to postcode analysis from The Audience Agency, 60% of people who engaged with the programme in 2018 were from the places of lowest engagement with the arts (up from 37% in 2014 and 49% in 2015). For all three signature commissions, over a third of bookers had not previously attended an event at the local theatre, The Core. For the final signature commission in 2016, new musical Danny Hero, audience survey data shows that 52% of the respondents had not attended arts activity in the previous 12 months. At Grow Festival in summer 2019, 65% of surveyed audiences were from the areas of lowest engagement and since 2014, 32% of audiences have a long-term disability or illness.

Made With Many are leading the way in enabling local communities to engage with art, make decisions about what activities take place and the artists that create them. 9156 people have been consulted through community conversations and around 1218 local people have been actively involved in making programme decisions, from deciding the repertoire performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and choosing a new musical, to joining community panels that choose which local projects to support and producing extraordinary arts projects.

The Made With Many programme consists of the following types of activities:

FLAGSHIP PROJECTS: Led by consultation, and overseen by a community panel, these are large events, such as outdoor festivals and significant artist commissions, developed with multiple partners. 

WORKSHOPS: Regular sessions delivered by professional artists, offering an accessible, regular opportunity to participate.

COMMISSIONS: Small-scale commissions for artists, selected by community panels, to co-create work with local people.

INSPIRATION EVENTS: Taking opportunities to bring exciting new work to communities and programme cultural activities into community settings.

BIG DAYS OUT: Go-see trips to inspire people with great art that is happening elsewhere.

CULTIVATE: A programme of support, advice and small-scale commissioning for anyone (community groups and artists) planning to deliver arts activities that engage the local community.

 

Watch a short film of highlights from our first three years: