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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Goes Online

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Goes Online

13 July 2020

Emergency funding from Arts Council England is enabling the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair to reinvent their 2020 edition, to support designer-makers affected by Covid-19. The GNCCF show will go on - online - from 25th to 31st July 2020.

Lancashire County Council invests in UK City of Culture 2025 Bid

Lancashire County Council invests in UK City of Culture 2025 Bid

13 July 2020

The cabinet for Lancashire County Council have agreed to make a £620,000 contribution towards supporting the programme development costs for the county's bid for UK City of Culture. Winning Lancashire 2025 would bring an economic boost to the county, supporting our regeneration post-Covid.

ICG named Global Integrated Digital Agency of the Year

ICG named Global Integrated Digital Agency of the Year

09 July 2020

North West marketing agency, ICG, has been named Global Integrated Digital Agency of the Year (Small) as it continued to provide high client service levels during the difficult trading conditions of lockdown.

New fund to protect Cultural, Arts & Heritage Institutions

New fund to protect Cultural, Arts & Heritage Institutions

06 July 2020

The Government has announced £1.57bn investment to support and protect world-class creative, cultural and heritage organisations. This is a much-needed rescue plan, as many organisations are on the brink of collapse due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Nesta launches new Creative Hub Leader's Toolkit

Nesta launches new Creative Hub Leader's Toolkit

02 July 2020

Nesta has designed and released a new toolkit for Creative Hubs. The toolkit can help to enrich individual learning journeys, clarify thinking for hub or community leaders, or be used by teams to engage more effectively to acquire different perspectives and align ideas.

Digital Catapult focus on kickstarting the Economy

Digital Catapult focus on kickstarting the Economy

02 July 2020

Digital Catapult continues to serve the community of startups, scaleups and corporate partners. It's offering a range of exciting programmes designed to help businesses work through the impact of the pandemic, and explore innovative opportunities to come out stronger on the other side of Covid pandemic.

Applications open for the Prosper North Business Support Programme

Applications open for the Prosper North Business Support Programme

29 June 2020

The final edition of Creative United’s business support programme, Prosper North, for cultural heritage organisations in the North of England is open for applications until 3rd August. The project, backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will help organisations recover from Covid 19 lockdown, secure investment and create impact in their communities.

Lancashire to be represented at Contemporary Art Society Talk

Lancashire to be represented at Contemporary Art Society Talk

29 June 2020

Professor Charles Quick, UCLan Art Design & Fashion faculty member and Co-Curator of Certain Places, has been invited to contribute to a distinguished online panel event for the Contemporary Art Society. He is the only UK panelist not based in London. The talk, about Public Space and Culture after the Virus, is being held on 2nd July 2020, read more for details.

Consultation Callout - Your Opinion on the #HarrisYourPlace Project

Consultation Callout - Your Opinion on the #HarrisYourPlace Project

29 June 2020

The Harris is being reimagined and they need your help! This Grade I listed building, which opened in 1893, will be completely refurbished to make it a community and cultural hub for Preston and Lancashire through the #HarrisYourPlace project. They need feedback for their latest phase of consultation work.

Society1 Is Investing In Their Digital Future

Society1 Is Investing In Their Digital Future

18 June 2020

Preston city-centre coworking space Society1 has invested in a lease line internet connection. This new infrastructure guarantees one gigabyte data connection to their coworking space, which serves over 100 businesses that use their facilities.

New Report Confirms Creative Industries Under Threat

New Report Confirms Creative Industries Under Threat

17 June 2020

The Creative Industries Federation has shared research findings on the serious economic impact of Covid-19 on creative sectors. Find out what's at stake and what you can do to help support the future of our culture, society and economy.

John Bridge Studio And Etc Urban Collaborate On Furniture Design Showcase

John Bridge Studio And Etc Urban Collaborate On Furniture Design Showcase

15 June 2020

A Preston-based architects firm has launched a range of innovative, bespoke furniture, which has led to a creative collaboration with Etc Urban to showcase these new designs at the Union Lofts in Guildhall Street, Preston.

Creatives In Residence #10: Scott Bradley - Northern Heart Films

Creatives In Residence #10: Scott Bradley - Northern Heart Films

11 June 2020

In the latest kitchen table story of Lancashire's creative community in lockdown Scott Bradley describes how this has become a transformative time for Northern Heart, the film company he launched with Natasha Hawthornthwaite following their return to the county three years ago.

Creatives In Residence #09: Esther Ferry-Kennington

Creatives In Residence #09: Esther Ferry-Kennington

05 June 2020

We appreciate all of the positive feedback about our "Creatives in Residence" blogs. For the next in the series of kitchen table stories of Lancashire's creative community in lockdown Esther Ferry-Kennington, Director of Horse + Bamboo and Executive Producer of Lancashire Encounter Festival shares a deeply personal and insightful perspective on how she is navigating these extraordinary times.

Creatives In Residence #08: Eleanor Wood & Jill Cowgill - NWDC

Creatives In Residence #08: Eleanor Wood & Jill Cowgill - NWDC

02 June 2020

Our next Creatives in Residence post arrives at a time when the UK, like much of Europe, considers how to navigate a new phase of reopening. Eleanor Wood & Jill Cowgill launched North West Design Collective (NWDC), just six months before the pandemic struck. Among the tragedy of the situation and uncertainty they've also found time to slow down, take stock and reflect.