In Round 2 of People Going Places, there were seven successful applications. You can read more about them below.
Sharlene is a Dance Artist and Fitness Instructor living and working in Barking and Dagenham. Funding is to: develop her skills in street dance style 'House' through studying with experts in Paris; to set up a new dance group and bring in guest teachers from across London’s dance scene to co-teach the class; to attend dance performances at Sadlers Wells and The Place to inspire her own creativity and gain new choreographic ideas.
Verity will undertake a piece of research that disseminates the knowledge and learning from her ongoing practice within the borough, particularly from the current Mobile Museum and Legoland projects. She also wants to conduct a public event as part of the research which could take the form of a talk, a loose exhibition of findings (the research lab), a networking event or all three.
THE CREATIVE FARM
Linda Davy became involved in the 2014 CBD Neighbourhood residency on Scrattons Farm, where she lives, and was a regular attender of weekly sessions there. This experience encouraged her to put in her own PGP proposal for the continuation and development of a crafts club at the local shop site used by the local Tenants and Residents Association. She will work with three other local residents to take on the running of a weekly crafts club, where residents share skills and local guest artists are also paid to come along and demonstrate new ways of working. This group are now known as The Creative Farm.
The group will deliver 26 weekly workshops with a regular monthly celebration event. They plan to also develop an arts and crafts resource library, so that they are able to share ideas for activities that can be offered and replicated.
The Boathouse is a recently opened venue in Barking. The space has lots of creative potential and was developed by Rooff. They are now working with Carole Pluckrose, former co-director of Arc Theatre, to develop the space and creative programme. The PGP investment will be used to: talk to and survey local people and other professional and voluntary arts organisations and artists about their ideas and potential involvement with the new Boathouse venue; begin the process of setting up the board of diverse local directors/trustees; research other venues for inspiration and learning; begin an early draft of a business plan; and develop the first stages of the Boathouse marketing strategy. We are really happy to say that Rooff have match funded our investment.
MARKS GATE ARTS COLLECTIVE
The Marks Gate Arts Collective is a loose association of creative people active around the Marks Gate area. The collective developed out of the CBD Neighbourhood commission active in the area led by Sadia Ur-Rehman. This award will enable the group to :
- Have a launch event and deliver an arts programme consisting of taster workshops in a variety of arts, crafts and dance activities
- Receive training in web design, fundraising, social media, marketing
- Develop and launch a website
- Do some research into other creative people and activities available in Marks Gate in order to brig them into the collective/ profile them on the website
HARSHARAN LANDA / MAIDIE CREATE
Harsharan is a local resident; she run hers fashion and creativity charity, Maidie Create in B&D and is also a Cultural Connector.
This award will enable her to set up a new and more public event and exhibition of Edible art and clothes. The event will act as a fun and relaxed way of finding out about creative activities, introducing more people to each other locally who have creative interests and skills and attracting business sponsors and supporters locally.
Saran is a local resident, Cultural Connector and has experience in music production and lecturing in this subject.
This award will enable her to deliver a pilot project to support people into clear and beneficial work experience opportunities in arts organisations. Participants will be matched with organisations and supported by a co-ordinator to prepare well for their placements. They will be supported during their placements and brought together as a group; Cultural Connectors from CBD will be matched as mentors for the participants.