Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. C4CC oversees Transported and its impact research programme as part of our commitment to building better places, by widening access to cultural and creative opportunities.
Transported’s Mission is making a difference – to individuals, communities and places – by putting culture at the heart of what they do; Self-Making, Community-Making and Place-Making.
Transported works with its partners to deliver cultural experiences that enrich the lives of people in South Holland and Boston. The programme empowers local people – artists, businesses and organisations of all sorts – to improve how they live and the places in which they live. Everything Transported delivers aims to be of the highest quality – innovative, ambitious and sustainable. As part of the University of Lincoln through C4CC, the Transported team share its commitment to fostering civic and cultural development in the county and the region.
Since 2013 Transported has delivered almost 600 activities to approximately 26,000 people, 98% of whom usually don’t engage with the arts.
The Centre oversees the Transported programme as part of our remit to invest in and secure resources for strategic cultural development in the region. The embedded action research programme connects researchers with real-world cultural projects to create new knowledge about the impact of culture and creativity on places.
Transported launched in 2013, taking work and performances by commissioned artists on the road throughout Boston Borough and South Holland. Information was gathered about what arts activities the community would like to see in their area, and then in 2014 the team delivered 11 different strands of activity to local people. This included innovative projects like Burntwater, a two-day durational theatre piece which took place across Spalding and art projects which popped up in allotments. Putting art in everyday places meant more people got to engage with it.
As Transported moved into its third year, the programme evolved to focus on activities that would stand the best chance of being sustained. Every element of the programme was shaped to deliver clear value and purpose, in partnership with the voluntary, public and private sectors, empowering local people and delivering great art to the people, places and spaces of Boston and South Holland. This included exciting new ideas like Haulage, where artists were commissioned to create mobile artworks on lorries, arts events in libraries and projects using the arts to support health, including disability dance groups and aerial movement classes.
In October 2015 Transported was successful in getting further funding from Creative People and Places to continue the strategic programme from 2016-2019.
Transported’s ambitious arts programme is underpinned by public, private and community sector co-producing partnerships. The business plan for this second phase was informed by evidence and learning from the first phase of Transported. It sees a shift in approach, from delivering projects directly, to delivering them in partnership in order to build and embed capacity to deliver arts activity within the local community.
Over this period Transported has gone from strength to strength, delivering bold strategic programmes alongside grassroots local events to build demand for – and connection with – local culture. Projects have included public realm work with artists to redesign park landscapes, the Emerge festival created by young people from Boston, and regular community art groups for woodcarving, sketching and stained glass.
Transported aims to increase the number of people engaging in and enjoying high quality arts experiences in Boston and South Holland.
The 10-year vision for Transported sees the arts as essential to enriching and improving life in Boston and South Holland; celebrating its distinctive heritage, improving people’s lives and building communities.
A key aspect of the Transported programme is the idea of valuing where we live and celebrating what makes it special and distinctive. Much of this comes from understanding shared history, the stories of the people that live here, local communities and villages and even the landscape itself. We work with artists and communities to commemorate and share that history.
Local people, businesses, artists and communities are key to the success of Transported. Working together we make more opportunities for everyone to benefit from getting involved with the arts.
Sophie is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Transported. Her job is to make sure as many people as possible know about the fantastic work that Transported deliver across Boston and South Holland.read more
Nick is the Director of Transported, the Arts Council-funded Creative People and Places programme for Boston and South Holland. Nick first moved to Lincoln in 1982 to work for Lincoln Community Arts. He later founded the artsNK rural arts team, reflecting his commitment to socially-engaged practice.read more