Epping Forest Arts Receive Grant

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Epping Forest Arts, the Arts section of Epping Forest District Council has been successfully awarded a grant of £74,700 to develop an exciting programme of work over the next three years. The Grant comes from an application to the Arts Council England`s Grants for the Arts funding programme.

The programme entitled ` Border Dialogues ` will span a period of three years, from November 2005 through to October 2008.The aim is to allow Epping Forest Arts to be more strategic and to invest in and support talented artists and others, and to develop new audiences and partnerships in the District and beyond.

The overarching theme of `Border Dialogues ` will focus upon what makes the Epping Forest District unique and distinctive by exploring its history, landscape and communities. The projects featured in this proposal; `Common or Garden`, `Homelife` and `Transitions` aim to build on Epping Forest Arts’ strengths.

Much of the work will be taking place in rural and often quite remote parts of the District allowing stronger links to be forged with the local communities and the exploration of developing and creating arts initiatives in a rural context.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Portfolio holder for Leisure said: This grant is a great boost to Epping Forest Arts` projected three year programme of work with artists from all fields. The aim is to encourage local communities to work together to produce work relative to their own areas, sharing ideas and good practice and drawing together the artistic and education communities not only from the District but beyond.

Councillor Whitbread continued:I will follow the project with interest as it develops over the coming three years.

Over the next three years Epping Forest Arts aims to be at the forefront of rural arts development, investing in local communities and artists, and breaking down barriers to accessing the arts. Audience development will continue to be key to the success of its programme.

If you would like to find out more about the exciting work that Epping Forest Arts delivers or if you would like to join their mailing list telephone 01992 564551 or email efa@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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