About Made With Many

Made With Many is a community-led arts programme which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high-quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made With Many puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events.

Our Values

  • Inspiring – We hold a clear, ambitious vision for our places, which are developed through authentic conversations with the local community.
  • Curious – We see opportunity everywhere and are natural risk-takers who approach our work with an open-mind, originality and a willingness to learn.
  • Creative – We co-create cultural activities that are playful, bold and accessible to all.
  • Collaborative – We develop working relationships that are built upon mutual trust, inclusivity and enable local people to take the lead.
  • Joyful – We are passionate about the importance of fun, freedom and approaching all situations with integritykindness and empathy.

Our work

From our beginnings in 2014 to the end of March 2020, Made With Many has held 1,375 activities and events, including workshops, performances, festivals and consultations. These have enabled 142,873 engagements with the arts as well as 11,678 hours of volunteering

We are creating new audiences for art in Corby and, more recently Wellingborough. According to postcode analysis from The Audience Agency, 60% of our people that engaged with the programme in 2018 were from the places of lowest engagement with the arts (up from 37% in 2014 and 49% in 2015). For all three of our signature commissions, over a third of bookers had not previously attended an event at The Core. For our final signature commission in 2016, new musical Danny Hero, audience survey data shows that 52% of the respondents had not attended arts activity in the previous 12 months. At our second Grow Festival in summer 2019, 65% of surveyed audiences were from the areas of lowest engagement and since 2014, 32% of audiences have a long-term disability or illness.

We are leading the way in enabling local communities to engage with art, make decisions about what activities take place and the artists that create them. 9156 people have been consulted through our community conversations and around 1218 local people have been actively involved in making decisions about our programme, from deciding the repertoire performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and choosing our new musical, to joining community panels that choose which local projects to support and producing extraordinary arts projects.

Our Programmes

Our programmes consists of the following types of activities:

  • Flagship Projects Led by consultation, and overseen by a community panel, these are large events, such as outdoor festivals and significant artist commissions, that are developed with multiple partners.
  • Workshops Regular sessions delivered by professional artists, offering an accessible, regular opportunity to participate.
  • Commissions Small-scale commissions for artists, selected by our community panels, to co-create work with local people.
  • Inspiration Events Allowing us to take advantage of opportunities to bring exciting new work to our area, we programme cultural activities into community settings.
  • Big Days Out Go See trips to inspire people with great art that is happening elsewhere.
  • Cultivate Our programme of support, advice and small-scale commissioning for anyone (community groups and artists) planning to deliver arts activities that engage the local community.

Our Future Plans

We have secured funding through the Creative People & Places scheme to extend the Corby programme for a second time until June 2023, to develop our work in engaging and developing new audiences for art in Corby and to explore the legacy of the programme. We have also received funding to start a programme of cultural activities in Wellingborough from 2020 – 2023.

Groundwork Northamptonshire

Groundwork Northamptonshire are the accountable body for Made With Many. Groundwork Northamptonshire work with, and for communities in Northamptonshire, and all sectors to create better places to live and work. They work to improve the quality of life for people and the places where they live, having a focus on the most disadvantaged areas and communities in greatest need. Their flagship projects include the Green Patch in Kettering and JAM, an award-winning youth work programme.

Creative People & Places

Made With Many is part of a national Creative People & Places (CPP) network, funded by Arts Council England to increase engagement in the arts in areas where people have fewer opportunities to get involved. Made With Many (formerly Made In Corby) was established by a consortium of local arts and community organisation in 2013 to respond to the launch of the CPP programme by initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. CPP is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 30 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

Arts Council England

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