And this week we are in the Gazette and Herald, on the front page!
Windfall for arts and jobs in Ryedale
PROJECTS aimed at boosting the local economy and creating jobs have been given a major funding boost.
Members of Ryedale District Council have backed a series of projects with employment and economic benefits, ranging from museums and the arts to science and engineering.
Awards of up to £25,000 will be made towards the development of the Milton Rooms, along with a grant or loan to MaltonLivestock Market to progress the relocation proposals.
Further funding was approved for the Government’s Food, Environment and Research Agency (FERA) at Sand Hutton towards the business case to support grant bids for junction improvements.
A further four projects – employment land in Pickering, investigation of a possible Kirkbymoorside Engineering Park, high speed broadband to Ryedale business parks and expansion of Derwent Training – were deferred for further information.
Julian Rudd, Ryedale District Council’s head of economy, told the authority’s policy and resources committee that in total, £100,000 of New Homes Bonus funding had been allocated to progress projects as part of the Ryedale Development Fund.
“It is not to go to construction work but for research and investigation work into the various projects,” he added.
Coun Luke Ives (Cons) welcomed the schemes, adding that the FERA complex, being on the border of Ryedale and York provided major job opportunities for both areas. “It is a unique site,” he added.
Coun Lindsay Burr (Lib Dem) said: “For a relatively small amount of money we could see enormous benefits from these schemes. We need to be ahead of the game to attract new businesses to Ryedale.”
Further funding has also been given to six new creative projects in the area to create more jobs and encourage economic success. The commissions will enable the organisations involved to draw significant match funding.
Organisations which will benefit include:
• Ryedale Art Works
• Rural Arts and The Shed which work with communities to support event management
• A collaboration of Ryedale’s four major museums, to improve visitor numbers
• The Ryedale Open Art Exhibition.
Linda Cowling (Cons), leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “Council budgets are under extreme pressure and we want to prioritise investment where this will help create and sustain jobs and make a difference to the lives of local people.
“We have looked closely at the impact of creative businesses on providing jobs and drawing visitors and investment into Ryedale and this has shown it to be a valuable and expanding area.”
Sue Gough, chairman of Ryedale Art Works, said their aim was to establish a programme of development initiatives to encourage artists, both professional and amateur, to create sustainable businesses and provide further opportunities for artists, makers and galleries.
“We are excited at the prospect of further developing Ryedale as a destination for quality art and design and creating a business network that our artistic community can benefit from,” she added.
All we have to do now is get to work and plan the delivery of our three objectives which are to deliver high quality, more useful meetings, arrange training for would be mentors and deliver a programme of mentoring for members, and finally to organise and deliver a "pop up" exhibition, which will be of exceptional quality and that will advertise RAW to a wider audience. All three of these things will develop even further Ryedale district as a destination for visitors to experience and purchase quality arts and crafts.
The first meeting of our new programme took place last Tuesday, with Alice Fox delivering a really interesting and inspirational talk, RAW members words, not mine! Alice has since been praised in feedback for delivering a fascinating talk, for being really approachable and for her willingness to share information, something that not all artists/makers are willing to do, I've found.
Alice, right, talking to Ryedale ArtWorks member Moira de Lavenu
RAW members really enjoyed the opportunity to scrutinise one of Alice's large cloth pieces from her Spurn Point residency.
To see more of Alice's work go to: http://www.alicefox.co.uk/
(Press, please note that ARTWORKS is all ONE WORD!)