South Kesteven has a wonderfully rich arts and culture scene, with two thriving arts centres and a varied festival programme, enjoyed by both local residents and visitors alike.
Creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy spending time together enhances their quality of life and makes a vital contribution to civic identity and social cohesion. Put simply; it makes South Kesteven an even better place to live.
Find out more about what’s on offer here at www.discoversouthkesteven.com
We’re committed to enriching South Kesteven’s already well-established arts and culture scene, taking our cultural offer to the next level.
To that end, on behalf of South Kesteven District Council, we’ve been actively seeking the contribution of partners, stakeholders, artists, performers and creatives to influence the way the arts, heritage, culture and all manner of creative activities are developed in the district. At a series of consultation events, online surveys and face-to-face meetings during Spring 2019, key individuals and groups shared their expertise and ideas on where we could invest in the future and the kind of challenges and opportunities we may face.
We’re now busy reviewing the rich data we collected during this district-wide consultation and preparing our findings that will form the new cultural strategy for South Kesteven.
A series of practical sessions, workshops and experience days across the district are planned, to give local residents a taste of what’s on offer locally. These events include activities such as dance and drama, poetry and literature, science workshops, heritage tours, and opportunities to take a fitness test and/or engage in a sporting activity.
InvestSK, has launched a new funding programme to support creative artists and performers in South Kesteven. The Creative Artists’ Small Grants Fund is designed to help both individuals and groups enhance their skills, develop performance opportunities, invest in specialist equipment or promote their activities more effectively in the local area.
The funding aims to support a broad range of local talents, so we’re keen to hear from people with a whole host of creative skills; from musical, artistic and theatrical, to poetic and dance.
Applications are now closed for this financial year.
South Kesteven boasts many events and activities where the crossover between culture, heritage, sport and science works beautifully and contributes significantly to the visitor economy.
To make the most of our enviable scientific credentials and build on the international success of the Gravity Fields Festival, we’re currently exploring possibilities for a small science festival in Bourne, further activities at Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth (the home of Sir Isaac Newton) and additional science events in collaboration with the King’s School, Grantham.
We’re busy working with Coventry-based Imagineer Productions on ‘Bridge’ – an ambitious outdoor art and engineering project that will lead to the creation of an iconic bridge structure. Supported by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence programme, the Bridge project will culminate with three major outdoor arts events in Coventry, Worcester and Grantham. Promoted effectively, Bridge has the potential to act as a community catalyst, engaging the different nationalities within the district and enhancing community cohesion.
In recognition of and the fact that ‘sport’ covers so much more than what is offered through our leisure centres, we’re working to increase its prominence in the new cultural strategy. There are a whole host of charity fun runs, half marathons, muddy races and regular park runs at Burghley Park and Belton House, which attract competitors from far and wide. Refurbished with the help of Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ funding, Wyndham Park (next to the Riverside Walk in Grantham) offers a superb range of activities for recreation, relaxation and learning about the heritage of the park.