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We Are Here!

It’s all about Making, Doing, Imagining, Creating, Watching, Enjoying, Reflecting, Learning, Fun, Excellence, and Getting involved.
Celebrating our place, our people, our past and future.
Using different ways to express what we care about and do.

ACT is working with a consortium of partners in West Cumbria

  • Allerdale District Council
  • Copeland District Council
  • Florence Arts Centre
  • Prism Arts
  • Theatre by the Lake
  • Rosehill
  • Lakes College
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Sellafield Ltd

Arts Council programme

Creative People and Places is an Arts Council England programme that supports amazing activities like singing, street art, drawing, dancing and many other experiences in your home town, village, library, beach or kitchen!

We will need your help, and your friends, and neighbours and groups and local businesses to talk to us and to each other, to shape the types of activity delivered and develop a longer-term creative programme. We plan to build local confidence to be the buyers of arts experiences and activities in the future.

The programme will build on the already great work done in West Cumbria, making sure that access to making, watching and being creative is something that everyone can be a part of.

At the end of each project, whether it be local people flashmobbing or high profile artists at large scale events, we’ll see the stories about the place, the people, the heritage, the holidays, industries and more.

It is an action research project which will run for three years from April 2022, and over the next 6 months, we’ll be kicking off with the launch of the Wish You Were Here Caravan touring the West collecting people’s thoughts, and offering make and do activities as tasters, tea and more.

This web page is currently a holding site whilst we get things organised. Our new co-directors were appointed in March so please do watch this space and check in for opportunities.

Wish You Were Here

Delivered by Helen Morgan and Janice Murray of Morgan Murray Arts in West Cumbria, this work was made co-creatively with 99 people from the local area. Emerging through workshops that connected with communities, gathering stories and ideas, the work was then transformed into this film which toured across West Cumbria as a roaming exhibition.

The We are Here! Project is funded by the Arts Council England, Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommission Authority and Cumberland Council.

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