The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have just announced the cities short-listed for the prestigious title UK City of Culture 2021. Herefordshire’s bid to be UK City of Culture for the whole of Herefordshire was up against 10 other UK cities and despite an ambitious and distinctive campaign did not make the shortlist.
The Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP), the team who submitted the bid, expressed their disappointment but also acknowledged that the whole process had been an outstanding measure of partnership and collaboration working at its best.
Roger Morgan, Chair of Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP) said,
“We are proud of our achievements that have come from this highly competitive process. It has been extraordinary seeing the drive and focus from across the county, and the many who came together to make a compelling bid for the whole of Herefordshire. This work will not go wasted as we continue to celebrate Herefordshire’s rich cultural offering and seek out more opportunities for the county”
HCP has already been awarded significant funding to run the national Great Places project in Herefordshire from The Heritage Lottery Fund, working with Arts Council England and Historic England.
HCP will continue to meet as a partnership and look for new opportunities as well as being committed to developing the vision and cultural strategy for Herefordshire for the next 10 years. Their ambition to work together, to benefit all who live, work and visit Herefordshire remains as strong as ever – work goes on and Herefordshire will continue to have #thewellyforit!
The next Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP) open meeting will be on Thursday 22nd June at Hereford Cathedral, 6.30-8pm.
The next open meeting of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP) will be on Thursday 22nd June at Hereford Cathedral, 6.30-8pm.
This will be a chance to be updated on Herefordshire’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 as the time for the DCMS to announce the shortlist fast approaches!
We will discuss plans for what happens beyond the bid, post announcement, as well next steps for HCP, its governance, current projects and strategic vision.
New supporters are welcome to come along. Whilst this is an Open event it would be very helpful if you could register your attendance here.
Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP) notched up another success this week with the announcement that the County will be one of only 16 pilot areas for the Great Place Scheme, jointly funded over three years by Arts Council England (ACE) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to put heritage, arts and culture at the heart of its communities. HCP’s project called Herefordshire’s a Great Place has been awarded £748,000.
Through an ambitious programme of events, activities, competitions, promotion and research local communities will be able to work with artists, arts and heritage organisations to celebrate and promote the very things that make where they live special. Working closely with tourism, education, health and wellbeing sectors, Herefordshire’s a Great Place will demonstrate ways in which culture can play an integral role in the economic and community development of the County.
This major award is a huge boost to Herefordshire’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. It also comes hot on the heels of last week’s welcome news of Government support for Hereford’s new university. Inspiring and developing the County’s arts and cultural infrastructure will be essential to attracting students, retaining more young people locally, and building the visitor economy.
Herefordshire’s a Great Place has been supported by Herefordshire Council, Elmley Foundation, EF Bulmer Benevolent Fund, the Becket Bulmer Fund, and Friends of Herefordshire Museums & Arts. Rural Media Charity will be leading the delivery of the Herefordshire’s a Great Place project on behalf of Herefordshire Cultural Partnership.
Roger Morgan, Chair, Herefordshire Cultural Partnership, said: “It is wonderful news that HLF and ACE have recognised the potential of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership to make a difference to the wellbeing of the people of Herefordshire and its economy. It demonstrates the power of the arts & heritage organisations working together with the county’s business groups and the local authority. This vote of confidence is a big boost to our bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021″.
Cllr Tony Johnson, Leader, Herefordshire Council, said: “It is an exciting time to live in Herefordshire. We are in a changing economic climate and Herefordshire Council has helped to unlock funding through the ‘Herefordshire is a Great Place’ bid. This project will help us identify opportunities for the community to adopt and manage assets such as sports pitches, parks and open spaces, while the council moves to focus on its key priorities. The project will help create a sustainable model of cultural enterprise, cultural tourism and retail, and develop a cultural brand strategy for Herefordshire.”
Nic Millington, Chief Executive, Rural Media Charity, said: “This award is great news for Herefordshire communities and local culture. It is clear evidence that investment in culture by Herefordshire Council, local businesses and trusts, together with collaborative working is levering inward investment and creating exciting new opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages.”
The newly formed Hereford Cultural Partnership is holding its first networking event on Thursday January 12th from 6pm, upstairs at De Koffie Pot in Hereford (drinks can be purchased and brought up from the bar on the ground floor). From 6.30- 8pm there’ll be a chance to hear a series of short updates on the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership vision and mission and current activity including:
The UK City of Culture bid – comms campaign and next steps on bid development
Creative Connections – a new network to improve cultural opportunities for young people
The Great Places bid
Appointment of consultancy to develop A Herefordshire Cultural Strategy
The year ahead …from some individual members
Plus discussion of how to develop the network and make it as useful as possible to members across different areas and interests
This is open to all, individuals or organisations, interested in supporting the aims of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership
To find out more about the bid and to get involved watch out for more events in your county town on the following dates:
Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 , 5.00pm in Leominster at Leominster Town Council Offices (11, Corn Sq)
Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017, 5.00pm in Kington (venue tbc)
March 2017, Golden Valley (date and venue tbc)
The dynamic consortium of arts, cultural and heritage organisations and business representatives leading the bid for Hereford to be named UK City of Culture 2021 has now formally constituted itself as the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (HCP).
Throughout the next few months the HCP will be holding open public consultation meetings on the City of Culture bid, alongside its board meetings, in each of the county’s market towns. The series starts in Ross on Wye on September 27th. The meeting will be held at Ross Town Council Offices at 5pm and is open to all. In an informal meeting members of the HCP central strategy group will give an update on the progress of the bid to date and invite feedback and further ideas.
Abigail Appleton, Principal of Hereford College of Arts and Vice Chair of the Hereford Cultural Partnership, said:
“Winning City of Culture could transform the fortunes of the whole region and not just the city at the heart of the bid. So it’s vitally important that people across the county support and shape the bid so that it can really touch and improve lives in every town, village and hamlet.
It’s Herefordshire’s different market towns that give this county so much of its distinctive character and culture and the core team is really looking forward to discussing the bid with people in different areas so we can make it as relevant and exciting as possible to the whole of Herefordshire. There’s no need to book ahead, we just hope people will along on the night as this is a unique chance for us do to do something extraordinary together and shape our county’s future.”