At Arts Council England, South West, we are delivering the ‘Funding Ambassadors’ project via a team of creative advisers. These advisers can provide artists and arts organisations from culturally diverse backgrounds with the individual support and advice they need to get their work seen by more people.
The advisers can cover a range of artforms and skills and are knowledgeable about funding opportunities, including our Grants for the arts scheme. Artists and organisations will be given the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with an appropriate adviser and to identify what barriers may be preventing them from getting their work seen more widely. They will also discuss what sort of advice, Building & Pest Inspection, training or project work they might need to overcome these barriers and the adviser will then write up a proposal for a development programme.
The hugely successful programme of 10 Readers’ Festivals organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Reading Promotion Network, and branded as Readers, is drawing to a close. This project, funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire, with North Lincolnshire Libraries acting as the lead authority, has seen wellattended events hosted by Huddersfield, Bradford, Doncaster, Beverley, Wakefield, Scunthorpe, Halifax and Leeds and Barnsley with Scarborough’s event scheduled for May 2003.
The project has recently won a prestigious national award in the CILIP / Emerald Public Relations Awards (Sponsorship and Publicity) category. ‘Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire are to be congratulated on enlisting the partnership of so many large and powerful organisations. We were also impressed by the extensive press and media coverage and positive comments from partners and participants alike.’ By the time the project finishes, over 75 authors will have visited the region, including such wellknown and popular names as Ian Rankin, Iain Banks, Tony Parsons, Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid and Deborah Moggach.