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Join the launch of our Creative Borough Initiative

Published on Tuesday, 10th October 2023

Nuneaton Market will host extra stalls offering fun activities from 1:30pm on Wednesday, 25 October, as Nuneaton and Bedworth launches its Creative Borough programme.

The programme is all part of an ambitious bid to transform arts and cultural activity in the borough.

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting a fun “make and take” activity, while Bedworth’s Imagine Bamboo project will also be offering people the chance to join in making bamboo art and NBBC’s sports development team will be getting people hula hooping.

A brand-new Nuneaton arts destination called Grit Central in Coventry Street will be opening its doors to hear from local people and discuss their plans for the year ahead.

Creative Borough is the name given to two major projects that aim to transform the provision of arts and cultural activity over the next couple of years.

The first is the Borough Cultural Strategy. The strategy aims to set up a new Cultural Forum and bring together creative organisations and individuals to explore opportunities for collaboration and new activities for years to come.

The second is a 14-month programme known as Creative Explorers, a £1.2 million, 21-month project with Council, arts organisations, artists and residents working together to create a unique cultural identity for Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Creative Explorers will help to builds skills, generate civic pride and confidence, develop the visitor economy and lead to a Creative Borough. The programme is intended to complement the physical regeneration of the Borough that is already underway.

The Borough Council aims to raise awareness for the importance of cultural activity.

Cllr Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services, said:

“Adopting a Cultural Strategy is so important, especially as the effects of Covid are still being felt.

“The Borough Council recognises the contribution of the arts to the quality of life of both the individual and the community, and feedback we received during the Towns Fund bid showed that our residents felt the same.

“People need to feel connected, and our aim is to promote access to, and participation in, the arts for all members of the Nuneaton and Bedworth community.

“This value of cultural activity will help us to safeguard existing resources and identify routes to further investment for the future.”