£700k funding for arts group

A past-inspired event by Transported Arts held at the Guildhall Museum in Boston last year. Photo: Electric Egg.

A past-inspired event by Transported Arts held at the Guildhall Museum in Boston last year. Photo: Electric Egg.

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An arts group which is behind numerous projects, events and activities in the Boston area has been awarded a £700,000 grant.

Transported Arts has received the investment from the Arts Council England to continue operating in the Boston and South Holland area.

The group offers community-based projects, ranging from art workshops, street performances, commissioned sculptures, exhibitions and festivals.

It is one of six successful arts projects across England to receive a share of £5.2 million in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places funding programme.

The programme is designed to ensure more people create and experience great arts and culture in the places where they live.

Nick Jones, programme director at Transported, said: “We’re delighted that this funding will enable us to carry on the important and exciting work in south east Lincolnshire.

“Boston Borough Council has embraced the opportunity to work with Transported to develop exciting and ambitious plans for public festivals that harness high levels of participation and celebrate local history.

“This is especially exciting in the run up to Mayflower 400 international celebration, of which Boston is an important element.

“And of course Transported has allowed thousands of residents to have a go or enjoy great art locally.”

In August 2012, Transported received a £2.59 million investment from the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme.

Since launching, it has tried to find creative ways to take interesting artistic and cultural experiences to the places where people come together - from market places and food factory canteens, to the school gate and village greens.