It was announced this week that The NK Arts Partnership has been awarded £55,700 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting multi-arts project, Ridges & Furrows in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire.
Initiated by The NK Arts Partnership (artsNK, Design Factory, Design-Nation, the National Centre for Craft & Design and the Terry O’Toole Theatre), Ridges & Furrows, is a creative heritage project that draws on and celebrates the history and rich heritage of towns and villages across North Kesteven. The project will focus on three locations in the district, the villages of Welbourn and Waddington and North Hykeham town.
Communities in each location worked with artists in residence last year to explore initial ideas and generate interest in the project. The Heritage Lottery Fund support will allow the next phase of the project to come to fruition bringing artists, historians and local people together to further research local heritage and social histories through memorable and exciting activities and workshops that will culminate with celebratory events. A programme of cultural activities will begin in Welbourn in autumn this year, moving to North Hykeham in winter 2016, and taking place in Waddington in spring 2017. The project will ultimately inspire the creation of a new arts & heritage trail that links the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham and the National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford through the participating towns and villages.
Speaking on behalf of the NK Arts Partnership Nick Jones, artsNK Visual Arts Manager stated:
We are so delighted with the grant from HLF that will enable us to delve deeper into the history and heritage of Waddington, Welbourn and North Hykeham. We are looking forward to working with these communities to help them understand how their town/village has changed over the 20th Century. The artists and historians employed by this project will undertake research and deliver activities and events with community groups and schools to explore how local traditions, customs and folklore, now rather hidden or even forgotten, can be revealed and creatively re-imagined.”
The partnership are currently seeking a freelance historian to work on the project. For more details of this position please visit our jobs page.
For more information about Ridges & Furrows and to keep up to date with the programme please visit and like the facebook page.