Following the recent exciting news of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence (AfE) Award, we were delighted host a first meeting of our City Club programme partners last night, attracting good numbers despite the wet and windy weather!
The meeting gave partners the chance to hear about their respective organisations and activities via short informal presentations. In welcoming partners, Director Anthony Spira described the broad scope and ambition of the City Club project which already includes some 56 partners. Whilst the £750,000 enabling grant from the AfE is fantastic, Anthony noted that there is still a further £300,000 to raise in order to deliver the full project vision. Everyone was thanked for participating, especially programme strand lead partners Bletchley Park, The Stables, On the Verge and Milton Keynes Arts Centre. The proposal to meet again in three months’ time to hear how early ideas for the various project strands are progressing was agreed by partners.
Those who contributed short presentations last night were: Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery; Cllr Liz Gifford, (who will Chair the City Club Steering Group); Lucy Bedford, Arts Development Officer, MK Council; Monica Ferguson, CEO, The Stables; Iain Standen, CEO, Bletchley Park; Claire Sapsford and Thomas Eke, Milton Keynes Arts Centre; Dr Andy Hewitt, Freee (artist collective); Simon Wright, Curator of Public Programmes, MK Gallery; Myriam Metcalfe, On the Verge; Yaw Asiyama (Milton Keynes artist); Victoria Mayes, Head of Learning, MK Gallery and Claire Louise Staunton, Inheritance Projects & Research Curator, MK Gallery. There was also a short video contribution from Project Art Works, Hastings.
There will be opportunities for other partners to present their projects and ideas at future meetings.
A City Club Creative Producer post is currently being advertised. The deadline for applications is 21 March 2016. For full details visit our website HERE.