During the last few years WLBC Arts Development service has been involved in a diverse range of projects and initiatives. From community-based projects, large-scale public artwork, outreach projects and performance arts schemes.
These have included:
West Lancashire Young People Performing Art Project, Creative Consultation
This project focused on young people’s awareness and access to the performing arts within the district, seeking to identify areas of need. It included an activity programme-, which took place during all holiday periods. Taster workshops where provided by professional arts organisations such as Ludus Dance, More Music Morecambe, Drama consultants and Skylight Circus. The activity programmes have now been successfully completed and the results are being collated.
This project was the result of a successful partnership between WLDC, Arts Council England, LCC Arts Unit Youth and Community Services, Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, Performing Arts Department Edge Hill University and Schools within the district. Funded through a successful Arts Council England application, LCC grant funding and WLBC.
A targeted programme of activity was also developed to ensure that the project was inclusive. The following groups/organisations worked in partnership to achieved joint objectives:
Lancashire Educational Medical Support Unit, Young Carers, Refuge, Ormskirk School – Achievement Centre, Our Lady Queen of Peace – learning support centre and West Lancashire Community High School
This project was successfully completed, the results analysed and the feasibility of a youth theatre was established. WLBC’s Arts Development Service worked with the team at the Rose Theatre to submit a second funding application to Arts Council England, again this was successful and, consequently, the long term result of the Go Live! project is the popular Youth Theatre at the Rose Theatre at Edge Hill.
Public Art Project
Elements was developed with the aim of improving the main gateway to the town of Skelmersdale bringing together industry and the local community. It involved the creation of site-specific artworks for three roundabouts. Three established, regionally and national renowned artists were selected by a community panel to assist in the regeneration of the area. These artworks were then created in close consultation with the local community.
Schoolchildren, a community panel and local manufacturers were involved in the Elements project.
Bruce Williams’ sculpture represents local people saying the word “Skem”, while Peter Freeman’s Lightcube is a beacon for the area. When residents were asked to vote for the third design, 44 per cent (a notable majority) chose Joss Smith’s Gateway, featuring the Daffodil of the Marie Curie cancer charity.
The Chapel Gallery plays an important role in raising awareness of the arts and is a creative hub within the community. Not only does the facility successfully increase access to the Visual Arts but, by working in partnership with venues such as the Rose Theatre and the Engine Rooms, the gallery develops performing arts based opportunities too.
Importantly, the Chapel Gallery assists in the regeneration of a medieval market town – celebrating Ormskirk’s unique history while contributing in the development of the town’s positive future.
West Lancashire Arts Development service recognises the importance of the professional artist role in securing improved access to the arts within the district.
In acknowledgment of this we attempt to keep artists informed of key developments and local, regional and national priorities by facilitating an artist network for artists working in any media. Three meetings are schedule to take place during the year at a number of venues allowing for the dissemination of information and shared practice.
Information on opportunities, project development and funding advice is provided to artists living or working within the district.
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