CultureWorks is currently leading on a ‘research and development’ phase for a Grimsby Festival, supported by Arts Council England and set to celebrate Grimsby’s place in the world.
The consortium has undertaken a programme of work laying the foundations for a large-scale collaborative festival for the town, incorporating a range of themes.
The R&D has to date brought together local, regional and national cultural producers, artists and community stakeholders in order to establish a vision, framework and delivery plan for an ambitious, contemporary combined arts festival, that strategically delivers on ‘Place’.
Draft aims of the festival in line with local strategies are to:
Managed by CultureWorks, the R&D phase will:
As part of the artistic engagement activity, three Northern artists were invited to work with CultureWorks to explore local themes – these include Place, Heritage and Grimsby’s Founding Story
Renowned Parade specialists Handmade Parade worked with students from the Skills Hub study programme in Freeman Street, to develop and create a giant puppet.
The workshops included open discussions about Grimsby’s past present and future and the collaboratively-created puppet developed into a Viking Fish that represented Grim coming back to Grimsby to ‘see what it was like now.
Culture Works commissioned film, digital and dance artist Wayne Sables to engage with local people in a range of community group settings and to create a film installation inspired by his findings.
Wayne discovered huge passion for and pride in the town and drew out strong reminiscence of the fishing industry.
A group of 10 local children worked with improvisational Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge to capture the ‘Sounds of Grimsby’. Supported by a local artist, Maja Bugge led a walk in the area to Town Centre spaces, when the children were encouraged to listen and record the sounds they ‘found’.
These found sounds formed the basis of a new composition created by Maja and performed at Freeman Street Market, in a sharing event where Wayne’s installation could be viewed alongside the puppet.