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Our funding benefits community arts groups

Published: 8 March 2019

Nine community arts groups are to benefit from our grants totalling almost £140,000.

All 9 groups work in the community bringing arts, performances, creative activities, music and workshops to a range of people across the county.

The work carried out by these organisations benefits children in care, learning disabled and disabled people of all ages, people at risk of rural isolation or without transport, those on low incomes and residents living in care homes.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“These groups widen access to the arts and bring enormous benefits to our communities. We’re delighted to be able to support them for the coming year.

“Many people find it hard to access arts and culture, music, film and live performances because of where they live or their circumstances, but these groups make it possible and open up new opportunities to thousands of people.”

Fleet Arts was granted £18,006. It's based in Belper and works across Amber Valley and mid-Derbyshire, with arts, music and crafts. They take young musicians to perform at the annual Off The Tracks music festival at Castle Donington and prioritise work with people who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, especially disabled people, people on low incomes and people experiencing rural isolation.

Ola Wilson, manager of Fleet Arts, said:

“This is great news. We rely on funding to deliver our diverse creative workshops across the region. It means we can keep running.”

Ola added that involvement in the arts continually helps build people’s confidence, socialisation and self-esteem.

The other groups/organisations receiving arts grants are:

Buxton International Festival

Celebrating opera, literature and music, they're centred on Buxton with community outreach work covering the whole of Derbyshire - £5,723

High Peak Community Arts

Based in New Mills, creating opportunities for hard-to-reach residents and groups across the High Peak to participate in creative arts projects - £18,006

Junction Arts

Based in Chesterfield, staging festivals, workshops and arts events across Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire - £15,200

Learning through Arts

Based in Wirksworth, working across the whole of Derbyshire - £16,028


Contemporary arts for disabled people based in Derbyshire Dales - £24,925

Orchestras Live

Live orchestral experiences for communities and children and young people, including those with special needs - £6,377

People Express

Based in Swadlincote and working across South Derbyshire to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the arts - £16,323

Wash Arts

Based in Ilkeston, working across Erewash to develop creative opportunities - £3,642

Live and Local

Touring arts performances programme covers the whole of Derbyshire - £13,582