Community groups in Sussex have been busy preparing creative and cultural activities for this weekend as the UK and Commonwealth countries celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year on the throne.
We have been excited to see community activities getting underway across Sussex ahead of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
In April this year, Sussex Community Foundation along with 43 other community foundations in the UKCF network were able to distribute over 700 grants totalling £4.58m to community groups throughout England from the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, on behalf of Arts Council England, the national development agency for creativity and culture. In Sussex, that’s over £127,000 that has been awarded to 18 local community groups. The funding will help to build community cohesion by connecting local artists and voluntary organisations that have not previously collaborated.
Projects will bring communities together through creative art activities that will remain in local people’s memories long after the celebrations have ended:
Siam Boxing Camp received funding towards a motion capture visual arts project to celebrate the Queens Jubilee culminating in a live public screening on 11th June with music and dance performances delivered by local artists.
Sarah Hallworth, Co-Director of Siam Animate Project, said:
“I cannot tell you how AMAZING the project has been so far. The children are absolutely BUZZING and this type of work is just so incredible to do.”
Southeast Communities Rail Partnership received a Let’s Create grant to work with local artists and a design team to produce the official Queen’s Jubilee Image and emblem onto a variety of materials, displayed at SCRP railway stations across Sussex.
Rowena Tyler, SCRP Community Development Officer said:
“This is a marvellous opportunity for station staff and local groups including schools to enhance their station with local memorabilia as well as being part of the bigger project for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We are grateful to Arts Council England who funded the initiative, via Sussex Community Foundation”.
The Old Boat Community Centre, a community centre in Hollingbury (North Brighton), received funding for their project focussing on what it means to be British in The Queens Platinum Jubilee Year. For this, they have held a series of creative workshops with the local community which will be culminating in a showcase performance taking place over the Jubilee weekend.
Ros Hanson-Laurent, Project Manager at The Old Boat Community Centre, said:
“The drama workshop discussed British Food and culture. The children acted out famous British activities as a freeze frames, wrote sausage roll skits and wrote their own Best of British TV shows! The art workshop made a British picnic complete with ice creams, cakes, tea cups.”
Kevin Richmond, CEO of Sussex Community Foundation, said:
“We are delighted to be able to provide these grants thanks to Arts Council England, to celebrate such a momentous occasion. The arts and culture can help to bring people together, provide new skills and support people’s mental and physical well-being, whilst celebrating Her Majesty’s life-long commitment to public service.”
Find out more about funded activities happening in your area over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend in the map below:
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The Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who collectively raise £30 million for good causes each week.