We are delighted to announce the four successful arts projects selected by our community Big Ideas Panel for Big Ideas funding.

Core Producers are planning a Much Ado About Corby festival in August at Coronation Park. Building on their previous successful events, Our Big Gig and Auntie Val’s Chiller, this is a really exciting opportunity for young people in Corby to gain experience of organising an ambitious arts project on this scale, and right from the start. Supported by The Core, Friends of Coronation Park and Rooftop Gallery, highlights will be a visiting young and dynamic Shakespeare theatre company, workshops for all about The Bard, The Globe, writing, acting skills and a ‘Sonnet Off’.

The second successful Big Idea will be run by the Late Developers Photographic Group. Their project is Washing HDYDY’s? (How Do You Do Yours), led by Lorraine Dziarkowska. Using still and moving photographic images, words and voices, the aim is make a short film about the everyday experience of doing laundry. Community groups involved will meet, share and record experiences, learn film techniques and promote and present the project film to the wider community.

The third Big Idea Inspire Artists Residency is being led by experienced artist and writer Azma Dar. Women from the local community will be developing written as well as visual arts and crafts pieces. Sessions will focus on writing original poems, stories and plays as well as crafts such as glass painting, collage, card making and mosaic. Held at the Corby Muslim Association building, one of the project’s important aims is making the community centre more accessible. All activities are open to all women in the area, regardless of race or religion. Azmar plans a final showcase event with readings, performance, and a display of visual pieces.

The fourth and final project is ‘Corby Big Film Week’ led by Paul Balmer and Judy Caine of HD Media CIC in consultation with Oakley Vale Community Association involving Corby in celebrating, enjoying and engaging with ‘The Art of Film’. Complementing the new cinema opening, events and activities will see the town centre turned into a back lot at Universal Studios!

Look out for more details of all these projects on the website and newsletter.

Applications for the next funding round are due by Friday 30th October 2015 so if you’ve a Big Idea, get in touch!

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