Havering Changing receives £ 750,000 in funding from Art Council England

Havering Changing receives £ 750,000 in funding from Art Council England

04 Dec. 2021 4:31 p.m.

Joe selwood

One of the events funded by the Art Council England grant (Pic-Hannah Davis)

Havering Changing received £ 750,000 as part of Art Council England’s national Creative People and Places portfolio funding.

The funding will be used to inspire creative projects within the borough until March 2025.

They received council funding in November 2019, which allowed them to produce over 100 free projects in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford.

A recent example of their work was the Illusionarium, which took place in Romford in October and November, in partnership between the Romford BID and Havering Changing.

It ended with a street party on Diwali, all funded by previous funding from Art Council England.

James Jackson is the Havering Changing Project Director.

“Since November 2019, locals have come together to create and celebrate on their doorstep, in bustling markets, in our beautiful green spaces, in bustling streets, and in popular community, youth and faith spaces.

“Our community has done all of this and more, and in doing so, has hosted nearly 100 free events and activities, engaged over 25,000 people in super local arts and culture, and invested over a quarter of a million pounds. in the local creative economy. . “

Havering Changing is run with the help of volunteers and Jackson says they’re always looking for more people.

Jackson continued, “We are looking for people to join our group, if you live in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford and would like to help people please contact us.”

He also thanked the number of organizations that came together to pass the bid, including the London Borough of Havering, Clarion Futures and Romford BID.

Havering Changing is not the only group to have received the funding; The Tilbury on the Thames Trust has also secured £ 1million on behalf of Thurrock.

The Thurrock Creative People and Places Consortium said, “We are delighted that this funding has been secured for Thurrock to create opportunity for all. Thurrock has an engaged creative and cultural sector and we all look forward to working with them to engage local people in brilliant artistic experiences in the places they live.

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Keywords: Havering, Romford BID, Havering Changing, Tilbury on Thames Trust

Norma D. Ross