Children's Chance To Get Creative In town Centres

Local children in Cannock Chase will have the opportunity to get creative and support the regeneration of town centres this summer, through a project funded through Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The funding for the project ‘Creative Corners’ has been awarded to Cannock Chase Cultural Education Partnership (CCCEP), delivered by Inspiring healthy lifestyles on behalf of Cannock Chae District Council.

The project will be delivered in Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley town centres alongside organisation, East Street Arts, as part of their ‘Temporary Spaces Programme’. Across the country, former offices, industrial units, shops and other empty premises have been transformed into usable and unique spaces to host artists, creatives and community arts spaces.  As part of the project, children and young people will work alongside artists to produce art installations and shop window displays across the towns.

Louise Rose, Chair of Cannock Chase Cultural Education Partnership, said: “It’s great news for our area to receive this funding. The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for our children and young people. By using creativity to shape our town centres, this will not only support town centre regeneration, but it will also support our children and young people’s own wellbeing through participation in the project.”

Councillor Christine Mitchell, Portfolio Leader for Culture and Sport, said: “I am delighted to see funding awarded to the Creative Corners project. This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to express themselves creatively and to feel part of their local town centres.

“I look forward to seeing the project take shape this summer and for our residents to be able enjoy the creations that come about as part of it”.

The funding is through GBSLEP’s Cultural Capacity fund, which is part of the wider Cultural Action Framework, which was launched in 2019 to create a unified approach to supporting cultural and creative organisations and enable long-term partnerships based on shared goals.