To read examples of successful library-based Grants for the arts projects visit our pages on funded project case studies.
The latest libraries case study is on Circuit Live, a spoken word project inspired by London 2012 and involving children not in education, employment or training (NEET) in workshops held in libraries across London in Camden, Lambeth, Lewisham, Waltham Forest and Westminster.
We also have a playlist of videos about Libraries and Grants for the arts on our youtube channel.
See below a selection of recently funded project summaries:
Yardstick - Bristol City Council
Bristol City Council received £9,100 towards the Yardstick project, a partnership between Bristol Libraries and Bath and North East Somerset Library Service that aimed to showcase African and African Caribbean writing, and to develop the skills of local writers from diverse backgrounds. The project included a programme of four author talks from professional literary writers (novelists and poets), and one workshop with a high profile author.
The writers that the applicants had chosen to work with all had strong artistic track records. The application clearly articulated its artistic aim to develop and broaden engagement with high quality, diverse literary work, and to encourage participation in creative writing activity by new writers from diverse backgrounds.
Key artistic outcomes for participants in the workshop activity included the opportunity for new and emerging writers of diverse backgrounds to work closely with a professional writer to develop their creative writing skills.
Tell us another one - Cartwheel Arts
Cartwheel Arts, an experienced participatory arts organisation based in Rochdale, received £60,000 towards their Tell Us Another One community literature project, designed to engage the culturally diverse local communities of Rochdale, Bury and Oldham.
Incorporating monthly 'Story Groups' for adults in libraries across the three boroughs, showcase performances and a quarterly publication, this project is a strong example of what can be can be achieved when organisations pool funding, resources and expertise (in this case Arts Council England through the Grants for the arts scheme, the Big Lottery Fund, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale councils and their library staff, and Cartwheel Arts' participatory arts expertise and strong links with North-based writers). Cartwheel Arts and participating libraries were able to run a richer programme than would have been possible if they had been working alone.
(Please note that this project was funded through our wider Grants for the arts programme, so Cartwheel Arts were able to act as the main applicant for the project.)
Write Queer Project - untoldLondon
untoldLondon received £9,200 towards the Write Queer London project, which aimed to uncover the hidden LGBT significance of items in the collections of a range of museums and institutions (British Library, Islington Museum, Museum of London, and the London Metropolitan Archive), then use these items as a catalyst for writer-led creative writing workshops that the public could attend for free to develop their own creative work.
A literary competition on the untoldLondon theme was held, and new works of poetry were commissioned from the workshop facilitators. Very high quality writers of fiction, poetry and drama were engaged to deliver the workshops, which were supported by curator talks.
This example from the museums and archives sector helps to demonstrate our approach to funding heritage-related projects.