18 March, 2021

YST among Dynamic Gloucester partnership projects awarded £40,000

Two partnership projects have been awarded Take Note funding to create bold new art with communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hip-hop, beatboxing, film, drama and photography are set to animate the streets and homes of Gloucester this summer.

Young people and families affected by food poverty, NHS patients, carers, refugees and asylum seekers and people from the wider Gloucester community will create powerful artworks, to be celebrated publicly as the country opens up after lockdown.

Following a highly competitive funding application process, Take Note and its Gloucester-based partner charity GUST are pleased to announce two awards of £20,000 for two innovative, cross-sector collaborations:

Konnect, Kollaborate and Kreate brings together youth dance charity Your Next Move with The Music Works, Barton Street Neighbourhood Policing Team, Prospects Youth Support Team, The Venture Playground and Friendship Cafe. Together, they’ll create a boundary-pushing hip-hop project that explores and shines a light on food poverty and the impact of the COVID crisis. They’ll be working with young people, their families and the wider community to create collaborative hip hop, beatboxing, MCing, DJing and graffiti and a film that captures the power of this work.

Creative Communities, New Perspectives sees Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, GARAS, Inclusion Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Carers Hub and Look Again collaborate to boost mental health and wellbeing through mindful photography and drama. The project brings together carers, NHS patients, adults facing disabling barriers, adults living with or in recovery from mental ill health, people seeking or who have been granted asylum and people from ethnic minorities who are struggling with their wellbeing. Their work will be exhibited and celebrated around the city including at the Cathedral and Gloucester Royal Hospital.

A total of 44 organisations via 10 partnership projects applied for Take Note funding. These projects represented an incredibly strong pool of arts organisations, artists, freelancers and cross-sector collaborators, demonstrating the dynamism and innovation of Gloucester’s creative commitment to arts for social change.

The two successful partnership projects represent an exciting fusion of arts and non-arts organisations working together to make change. In addition to the funding, the successful projects will also be part of the Take Note: Connect Gloucester programme of strategic collaborative support, designed to promote and enable effective partnership working every step of the way.

Take Note: Connect Gloucester is supported by national funder Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Take Note is delighted to have collaborated with Gloucester Culture Trust and GUST to launch the programme in Gloucester.