Creative Places was a 3 year programme embedding the arts into areas undergoing housing regeneration. Eventus were partners with Sheffield Council and Arts Council England Yorkshire.
Creative Places was unique in that it chose to invest into developing the skills and understanding of the housing regeneration staff.
Focusing on using the arts to deliver their core objectives, the programme helped staff to improve their project delivery, engage more deeply with local communities, use resources more effectively, and improve their own professional skills.
The programme created:
3 kick start projects to take the teams through the process from writing a brief to project management
Cultural champions in each team
35 projects including
2 artist lead public realm strategies
2 new artists studio complexes in regeneration areas
2 developer funded projects
2 LIFT projects for new GP surgeries
1 interactive live radio play
Total value over £645K
A national seminar
A flickr site
An advocacy pack
Many of the projects have ongoing developments which you can see on the link pages.
Work is now underway on developing the approach into a Creative People programme to work across other people centred areas of the council.
“I've worked with Eventus for over 10 years now in a variety of roles. It has been great to have continuity of involvement with people who understand what we're trying to achieve in regeneration (social, physical and economic) and who bring a different set of skills and perspectives to our thinking and processes. In particular it's great to be teaming up a small third sector organisation with a large local authority. Creative Places is the best example of our collaboration - it's the culmination of working together for over a decade and has produced a really high quality set of projects and relationships that we now plan to extend into a Creative People programme.”
Miranda Plowden, Director of Commissioning, Communities, Sheffield City Council