Creative Scene is the Creative People and Places programme for North Kirklees, West Yorkshire, a three-year arts and social change initiative funded by Arts Council England. We are developed and led by a consortium including Lawrence Batley Theatre, Kirklees Council, and Batley Festival.
The Creative People and Places programme sets out to develop sustainable approaches to engage new audiences and participants in the arts, in parts of the country where people’s involvement is significantly below the national average. It’s about more people creating and experiencing great art in the places where they live.
The Creative Scene is being grown with the people of Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Birstall, Liversedge, Gomersal and Birkenshaw – and all places in between. This is a rural-urban area of historic towns and villages around the steep valleys of Pennine Yorkshire, the triangle between some great cities and at the heart of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, that’s home to 180,000 people.
We set out on this three-year project in 2014, with an initial £2m investment, to explore not just new ways or presenting and producing the arts, but also to develop a cultural infrastructure locally that is responsive to the current economic climate, resilient to change, and self-sustaining.