Gloucester City Council has been awarded £1,489,200 from the Great Place scheme to support a three-year project entitled “Gloucester – a proud past: Culture at the heart of an ambitious future”
Gloucester Culture Trust will be managing this exciting project to develop a vibrant city full of cultural activity and things to do.
There are seven linked strands of activity:
- Development of Gloucester Culture Trust: An independent, strategic organisation to promote culture and support cultural leaders across the city
- Gloucester Venue: A feasibility study and plan to test the need/desire for a major city centre arts venue
- Cultural Commissioning: Using arts and culture to help tackle long term urban issues, such as health, housing and criminal justice, in new ways
- Destination Marketing: To grow the visitor economy and attract investment
- Achieving Regeneration in the City Through Heritage (ARCH): To enhance the built environment for all and make the most of Gloucester’s wonderful heritage buildings
- Festivals and Events: Investment in Gloucester’s year-round cultural offer, community arts and major festivals
- Cultural Entrepreneurs’ Hub: A new space for creative entrepreneurs to develop their talents, networks and businesses in Gloucester
To download a more detailed information sheet about the project please click here.
Gloucester Great Place is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
When will the Great Place project start?
Once we heard that we had been awarded the money, planning work began immediately. The project runs for three years, starting from late summer 2017.
Who is involved in the project?
The success of our bid was largely down to its ambition and focus on partnership working. Local partners include: Gloucester City Council’s Cultural Development, Visitor Experience, Community Wellbeing and Growth & Delivery teams; Gloucester Heritage Forum, incl. Gloucester Cathedral; Create Gloucestershire; Marketing Gloucester; University of Gloucestershire; Gloucester History Festival; The Music Works and Strike A Light. See below for how YOU can get involved too.
I’m an artist or am involved in a creative or community organisation in Gloucester. How can we get involved?
There will be lots of ways to get involved: take part in leadership training and mentoring; find new space to work, meet and rehearse; more opportunities to perform in or be commissioned by local festivals and events; bid for a commission in our Big Conversation – our creative public consultation; or find out about job opportunities to work on the Great Place project team. To keep up to date you can sign up to our mailing list and Like our page on Facebook.
I’m involved in a heritage organisation or own a heritage property in Gloucester. How can we get involved?
There will be lots of ways to get involved: take part in training sessions and networks for heritage volunteers or property owners; get involved in the History Festival and its developing year-round programme of City Voices; or find out about job opportunities to work on the Great Place project team. To keep up to date you can sign up to our mailing list and Like our page on Facebook.
I live in Gloucester and would like to find out more about Great Place and be kept up to date. How can I do this?
To keep up to date you can sign up to our mailing list and Like our page on Facebook. You can also get involved in our survey of festivals and events, which is part of the Big Conversation.
I’m a young person living in Gloucester. How can I get involved?
There will be more chances to take part in arts activities all year round, including a new recording studio for Gloucester, and new opportunities to develop your talents and skills. If you are thinking about setting up a creative business, there will be new space to work, meet and rehearse plus business advice and support to make your creative idea happen. And you can find out about job opportunities to work on the Great Place project team. Please sign up to our mailing list and Like our page on Facebook. You can also get involved in our survey of festivals and events, which is part of the Big Conversation.
How will Great Place impact on existing organisations and events in the city?
The purpose of Great Place is to support, develop and build on what is happening in the city and to make sure our cultural offering is as great as it can be. We have an ambition to be UK City of Culture 2025 and the groundwork over the next three years will help to support this goal. For example: increasing marketing for and audiences to the city’s programme of events and heritage buildings; offering training and networking opportunities for people leading cultural activity in the city; and creating a cultural entrepreneurs’ hub to support those setting up a business in Gloucester and to encourage more people to do so. Great Place gives us an opportunity to really shout about what Gloucester does and what it could do and to support it.
Are there opportunities to work on the Great Place project?
Yes! The Great Place project will see the creation of a number of exciting new roles in the arts and heritage and all these jobs will be advertised later this summer via our mailing list, website and Facebook page.
What happens to the money for the Great Place project?
The budget will be managed by Gloucester Culture Trust over three years. The project aims to have a strong, long-term legacy: it focusses on building the skills, networks, infrastructure and opportunities for the city’s cultural sector to thrive. It will ‘prepare the ground’ for an application to be UK City of Culture 2025. We are therefore working with partners across the seven strands of activity and with people across Gloucester to make sure that everything Great Place does contributes to these goals.
Can I still apply to the Arts Council or Heritage Lottery Fund?
Yes! The Great Place project is a specific fund with specific, long-term goals for investment in the city as a whole. Our success here doesn’t prevent anyone from applying for, e.g. Grants for the Arts. If anything, we hope you will be more likely to apply! If you would like to make reference to Great Place in your applications, please get in touch