Our Approach

We are collaborating with others to develop three main work strands:

Discovering, connecting, nourishing, and letting loose the creativity of people in Amber Valley.
Weaving together a network of makers, connectors and shifters who have access to the support they need to make things happen together.
Testing new ways of working and learning together, which shift more power and resources to communities to make decisions, take action and make change together in the places they call home.

Our beginnings

In December 2021 a consortium of partners, led by the University of Derby was awarded a grant of £826,000 for its Make/Shift project in the Amber Valley area, becoming part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places National Portfolio 22-25 programme.

In April 2022 planning began with a focus on firming up the governance, partnership model and delivery team for the project. In summer 2022 the consortium partners were confirmed as being University of Derby, Amber Valley CVS, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Derby Museums and U3a. In autumn 2022 the delivery team was recruited with everyone in place by mid November. Winter 2022 saw the delivery team and consortium working together with Arts Council England to lay the foundations for the first phase of Make/Shift as part of a longer 10-year vision which will be brought to life with the people and places of Amber Valley.

Spring 2023 marks the beginning of a more active series of delivery phases. As a people centred, place based, action research project, each deliver phase will move through iterative cycles. As well as delivering activity, this initial three-year period will nurture the relationships, insights and learning from which the longer 10-year vision can grow.

Communities and their creativity

Make/Shift is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England thanks to the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in creative and cultural experiences in the places where they live.

Find out more about other Creative People and Places projects in the Midlands

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