East Durham Creates is one of 21 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England. It is managed by Beamish, Forma Arts, and East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Durham County Council via the East Durham Area Action Partnership and Culture and Sport Services.
Beamish is the biggest visitor attraction in the North East, welcoming more than 650,000 visitors a year, employing over 370 staff and working with 420 volunteers. Beamish involves local people in making decisions about how their history is represented at the museum. As part of its ambitious Development and Engagement Plan for 2013-2025, setting out how the museum will continue to develop and thrive, Beamish has started a £17m project to transform the site, telling the story of time periods in living memory. The scheme includes a complete 1950s town and farm, and an expansion of the 1820s area. www.beamish.org.uk
Forma Arts is one of Europe’s leading creative producing agencies, working with British and international artists to develop and deliver new projects across the world. Established in 2002 in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now based in London, the company is widely acclaimed for its high-quality, contemporary productions which are shown as exhibitions, films, performances and public art projects in partnership with major museums, venues and festivals in Britain and internationally. www.forma.org.uk
East Durham Trust offers a wide range of services to all sorts of community groups, from cricket clubs to regeneration partnerships, music groups to youth clubs… and anything in between. Services include Funding Advice, Volunteer Centre, Community Engagement, Information and Advice, Research and Consultation and Encouraging Social Enterprise. Examples include Cree – community support groups to tackle social exclusion and mental health and wellbeing, Chit Chat – trained volunteers who ring elderly or isolated people for a chat, and Feed – a food bank set up and run by volunteers. www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk
- East Durham AAP – will embed the project within the East Durham Action Plan, linking to the community-based action groups that can influence funding. The AAP will play an important role in linking to councillors and local networks of community groups, assisting with community engagement activities and securing funding.
- DCC Culture and Sport Services has an advisory role, connecting East Durham Creates with existing arts provision and networks, learning from past development projects and supporting the project to make longer term, sustainable change.