Splash! Funding Announcement

The Mighty Creatives have been successful in securing funding for a new project: Splash!

Posted: March 21st, 2018

A project inspired by the waterways of the East Midlands is set to make a splash as it brings communities on the creative fringes into the swim.

Arts Council England is proud to be awarding £536,294 to The Mighty Creatives for their two-year community touring programme, Splash.

The funding is part of Arts Council’s National Lottery supported Strategic Touring programme, which aims to give people better access to quality work in a range of venues, to reach more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement.

Splash is a two year artist-led research, production and performance project, inspired by the rivers and waterside spaces of the East Midlands, and the people who live around them.

The first year of the project will involve research and development work, collecting stories and getting people of all ages, especially those with learning disabilities, involved. Members of the Splash Consortium – led by The Mighty Creatives alongside Attenborough Arts, Curve, East Midlands Canal and Rivers Trust, Graeae Theatre, Hubbub Theatre Company, NEO Learning, Lincoln Drill Hall Arts Centre, New Perspectives, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate and the University of West London – will seek to discover what creative outcome those involved would most like to experience.

In the second year of the project, the consortium will work with pioneering theatre producers, Diverse City, who will devise and produce new commissions before taking to the road for a regional tour of the waterway spaces. The commissions will be created in response to the research and ideas collected in the first year, and could range from performances or exhibitions, to flotillas and parades. They will also be site-responsive, touring rural open spaces, arts centres, urban and street locations, nature reserves, gardens and marinas – reaching diverse audiences throughout the region.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We want to encourage everyone to be inspired by great art, and creating and touring a project like this helps make art and culture available to everyone.

“We can’t wait to see some of the exciting work Splash will create around the waterways, celebrating the people and stories that make the East Midlands a diverse and unique place to live.”

Nick Owen, CEO The Mighty Creatives:

"We are delighted to be successful in receiving funding for Splash! This two year touring programme, based on the waterways of the East Midlands, will allow us to work with some fantastic partner organisations, young disabled artists, communities and schools - delivering really exciting artistic work and reaching new audiences. The project has a particular focus on disability and SEND schools and we really look forward to championing young disabled artists and their work - as well as working with some brilliant SEND schools across the region. This is great news for the East Midlands."

Across the country 14 organisation have been awarded a combined total of £2,024,616 in the Strategic Touring programme.

The Mighty Creatives is also an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation for 2018-22, set to receive £ 3,449,908 over the period.

Notes to editors

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

The Mighty Creatives is a charity working across the East Midlands that believes that access to play, creativity and culture is vital, significantly affecting how children and young people do at school, their health, their life chances. It exists to provide this access for children and young people aged 0-25.

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