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  • Photo credit: Jason Pay

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    Young Arts Leaders
  • Photo credit: Jason Pay

    Photo credit: Jason Pay

    Young Arts Leaders visit Thanet District Council to secure their plots of land and present their ideas as part of Art Inspiring Change, October 2016
  • Photo credit: Jason Pay

    Photo credit: Jason Pay

    Young Arts Leaders visit Thanet District Council to secure their plots of land and present their ideas as part of Art Inspiring Change, October 2016

East Kent has been chosen as one of sixteen places across England to receive a significant investment as part of the £20million Lottery funded Great Place Scheme, a partnership between Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Historic England.

The grant will support Pioneering Places, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. The project will be delivered through a partnership between Turner Contemporary, the Creative Foundation and Canterbury City Council, overseen by the Cultural Transformation Board.

Turner Contemporary will work with Thanet District Council and the community, including primary school children in Ramsgate to deliver Pioneering Places. The project will inform the feasibility modelling and planning of Ramsgate Royal Harbour, enabling the whole community to connect creatively with this important process.

Children will work with planners, designers, artists, historians and a philosopher. They will commission an artist to make a major artwork and a designer to create new interpretation for a site, driven by their own ideas, interests, historical research and community engagement. Supported by Turner Contemporary’s significant expertise in successful place making and developing children’s leadership, Pioneering Places will bring the community together, inspiring pride and active citizenship and making Ramsgate an even better place to live, work and visit.

The projects in Folkestone, Thanet and Canterbury, will be led by the partnership organisations that will also collaborate with Dover organisations to develop a further exemplar project. Beyond these specific projects, the organisations will collaborate to share their learning, research the impact and social value of the programme and develop new models that impact on future planning development structures.

The three-year project will leave a legacy of influencing policy makers in the region, showing how culture makes for great place-making.

Clive Stevens, Chair of Turner Contemporary says:

“Turner Contemporary has led the way in supporting children to lead inspiring change through the arts in their community. I am very excited that through this significant investment in our work, by working in partnership, we will now be able to collaborate with children in Ramsgate to make a positive and monumental impact.”

Alastair Upton, CEO of the Creative Foundation says:

“From the Marlowe Theatre, through Turner Contemporary to the Folkestone Triennial, East Kent has a rich recent history of culturally-led placemaking that has helped define the region.  This has included building galleries, museums, theatres and creative quarters. Pioneering Places will show how cultural placemaking can have an even larger role to play.  The Kent Cultural Transformation Board and three leading cultural organisations, Creative Foundation, Turner Contemporary and Canterbury City Council, will work with communities to transform some public spaces, housing and historic environments respectively, reimagining them for use today.”

Sarah Dance, On behalf of the Kent Cultural Transformation Board, says:

“This funding is a wonderful endorsement of the work of the cultural sector across East Kent. Investment in our cultural organisations delivers great results - transforming the lives of individuals and creating vibrant communities. This investment will create outstanding opportunities to work in partnership with local communities to generate positive change, and provide innovative examples of culture delivering great places in Kent.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:

“Arts, culture and heritage have a really important part in making places what they are; in bringing communities together; in promoting a sense of pride in where people live; in attracting tourists; and in contributing to the local economy. There is already an exciting momentum around arts, culture and heritage in East Kent, but this new funding from the Great Place Scheme will be important in driving this forward. Pioneering Places will ensure that arts, culture and heritage are firmly embedded in the future social and economic priorities of the region, cementing it as a place people want to live, work and visit.”

Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council said:

“Thanet is one of the leading cultural hubs in the UK and our creative sector has grown by 84% in the past four years.  The council, working with partners like the Turner Contemporary, is committed to putting culture at the heart of its community and its regeneration and is delighted that Ramsgate is part of Pioneering Places.  The investment will act as a catalyst for the town’s vibrant and growing cultural scene, bringing with it greater community cohesion, educational attainment and a positive impact on jobs, health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Lin Fairbrass, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Services, says:

“It is fantastic that the Great Place programme has seen the potential that Thanet and East Kent has to offer the cultural world.  I’m delighted that Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage England are going to make a considerable investment in culture focused on Ramsgate in Thanet.  We are thrilled for the whole East Kent area.”

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Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 16 Mar 2017