May 12th, 2022

Newhaven Enterprize Zone release:

The inaugural Newhaven Grassroots Arts Awards Winners are announced, including money for an interactive underwater experience, a new show devised by youth club members, a community bread oven, and the Brighton Photo Fringe extending to Newhaven.

Did you know that Newhaven sits at the heart of a Marine Conservation Zone; home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plants and animal life? And that you can explore this incredible underwater environment, just beyond the harbour, without getting wet?! The Living Coast Undersea Experience – a cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality artwork and 360-degree film which explores the Beachy Head Marine Conservation Zone – will be coming to the Hillcrest Centre this
summer, thanks to funding from the Newhaven Grassroots Arts Awards Fund.

Grants have also been made to a further five projects as part of the BN9 Programme – a series of events taking place in Newhaven this year. Funded by the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, and selected by a panel from the Newhaven Creative Working Group with support from Towner Eastbourne, the funded projects and wider programme will offer local people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to get involved in something creative in 2022.

“Newhaven Enterprise Zone is delighted to support these great arts projects through the new Grassroots fund,” commented Corinne Day, Newhaven Enterprise Zone Programme Manager. “The activities are all taking place this summer in Newhaven, and are all going to offer the community excellent, challenging, and participatory creative experiences to enjoy. We congratulate the outstanding organisations delivering the projects and look forward to seeing them flourish.”

BOOM TEEN will bring together ‘Generation Z’, those aged 12– 25, and the ‘Baby Boomers’, aged 60+, to share their experiences of being a teenager in Newhaven, through storytelling, music, and dance. Arts collective Creative Force and Inroads theatre company will team up to begin this intergenerational project, creating an Immersive Promenade show in the town next year.

Local artist, Kathryn Martin, will lead Newtopias – a participatory photography project that will create photomontage artworks in a series of workshops. Local people will be invited to explore their personal hopes and dreams through the process of collaging their own photographs, self-portraits, found images, and local archival material. The finished works will be displayed in the town centre as part of the Photo Fringe festival later in the Autumn.

The young people of Newhaven Youth Club will use their grant to produce music, dance, and costumes for an immersive fashion show exploring the theme of Identity. The young people will work together with the support of three professional artists and will perform their showcase first to their peers at Newhaven Youth Centre, and, it is hoped, for the wider community at Newhaven’s Jubilee Fish Festival on 25th June. Project Manager Shannon Payne said, “This is a real opportunity for local young people with creative ambition and aspirations to acquire new skills, strengthen existing talent and showcase their creative expression in relation to the concept of identity, in particular gender and sexuality. This really is a ‘grassroots’ project, with the full concept coming from consultation with the young people.”

Seaford-based choreographer Katie Dale-Everett plans to work with local communities during the research and development of a new dance work responding to the mental health crisis, growing popularity of interactive media, and the isolation many felt during the pandemic. She will explore how motion capture and dance can open people up to play and improvisation.

And the final 2022 Grassroots grant recipient is Hospitable Environment – the community arts collective behind the bread oven at last year’s Tide Mills Project. They have received funding to relocate and refurbish the mobile earth oven to a new home at the Hillcrest Centre. Once refurbished, the community oven will be able to host a series of events and workshops and be a place for local people to share some fire-cooked food and rekindle the community spirit that was so warmly felt at Tide Mills.

Alongside a calendar of visual arts events, a new performance space at The Sidings courtyard, and the return of Newhaven Festival, Newhaven’s summer of culture is shaping up to be a busy one.

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