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From page to screen: Kirklees community cinema established

  • Date: 12 October 2012
  • Area: North
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A community in Kirklees has launched a creative partnership and a community cinema based in the local library following a grant from the Arts Council’s Library Development Initiative which aims to place libraries at the heart of arts and culture in rural and urban settings.

Fresh Horizons, a social enterprise which runs the Chestnut centre in Deighton near Huddersfield, has used the £20,000 fund to appoint a co-ordinator to inspire, support, link and promote all creative activity within the Ashbrow ward. The organisation is placing the library at the heart of the community by providing access to information, learning and culture in a shared and trusted space. It hopes to attract more people into the library and engage with them through discussions and books linked to the films that are shown.

They have established a 20-seat community cinema in partnership with Open Cinema, an award-winning, international network of community cinemas for excluded people, and films are shown weekly. They also run film making groups and local young people have produced a short film on gun and knife crime.

Mike McCusker, Managing Director, Fresh Horizons commented, “The Creative Ashbrow Partnership uses culture to engage, raise aspirations and provide meaningful opportunities for people who live, work and visit the ward by developing the infrastructure to enable cultural activities to thrive and play a key role in local regeneration.”

The Arts Council’s Library Development Initiative is part of Achieving great art for everyone and Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone. Successful projects are exploring how embedding arts and culture in libraries can improve people's experiences, bring benefits to the library service and develop cultural provision in local areas.

Further information can be found on Fresh Horizons' website.