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£1,489,255 of investment to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of communities in East Kent as it is chosen as one of 16 ‘Great Places’

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.

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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.


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