Artist, subject and statue at the launch of a previous Transported-funded project that saw statues around Spalding.

Half a million funding boost for arts projects

A £500,000 funding boost for the arts in South Holland and Boston has been announced.

The long-running Transported programme will continue with funding from Arts Council England, which has announced the extension of six Creative People and Places schemes.

Now in its seventh year, the Transported programme is a community-focused project creating more opportunities for people in the Lincolnshire area to take part in local events, festivals, business partnerships and performances and to support the development of creative skills over the long term and create a legacy of regular arts activity.

The programme is overseen by the Centre of Culture and Creativity at the University of Lincoln and the £500,000 of funding across the next three years will allow the project to continue to find ways and new artistic experiences to get more people involved and enjoying the arts.

A spokesman from the University of Lincoln said the £500,000 will be “roughly halved across the two areas” (Boston and South Holland).

Transported is one of the first initiatives to be supported by the Centre of Culture and Creativity since it was established with the aim of bridging the knowledge of the university with the local community to support the development of the exciting and dynamic projects that secure the longer term future of arts in the area.

Nick Jones, Transported programme director, said: “Transported has been building artistic ambition and partnerships over the last five-and-a-half years and this support by Arts Council will allow us to work with many more residents and groups in the area as well as support larger and more aspirational projects.

“Transported is keen to create new art works with local residents and to give voice to the story of the place and what makes it special and unique.”

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