As we’re coming to the end of 2016, as well as preparing for the Christmas festivities, we also like to take a moment to look back on what we’ve been up to in the past year.
We started 2016 with a programme of discussions with community groups across the town, listening to lots of exciting ideas about art activities you would like to get involved with! These led to five community panels, who have designed projects and chosen artists to excite and animate their communities. We worked with the KHL Big Local Partnership on Field Day Festival, a one-day extravaganza of music, dance, stories and art in September and a group of adults with learning disabilities from Oakley Grange Resource Centre worked with digital artist Jason Wilsher-Mills to create a dazzling large-scale display of their art in Willow Place last month.
The first half of 2017 will see more extraordinary art from our community panels, including new sculptures being installed at Oakley Vale and Priors Hall Park. And make sure you put Saturday 4th March in your diary for Corby Mardi Gras, a celebration of light and music at East Carlton Country Park.
And of course, a review of 2016 would not be complete without celebrating the success of Danny Hero, our brand new musical inspired by Corby’s communities which premiered at The Core at Corby Cube during October half-term. Over five months of hard work from our community cast resulted in a breath-taking show that truly captured the heart of Corby. This would not have been possible without the groups that supported the show, especially Corby Amateur Theatrical Society and Tresham College of Further Education – thank you!
And we were thrilled to announce last month that Arts Council England have committed to continued investment in Made in Corby, which will enable us to continue to run the programme until Summer 2020. So, we’ll begin 2017 talking to local people about what you would like to see happen next – we can’t wait to hear your ideas!
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