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Creativity is here: sharing our stories

1:47 pm, Friday, 21st October 2022 - 1 year ago


A brand new soundscape has been released which explores what North East Lincolnshire actually sounds like.

From the sounds of the seaside in Cleethorpes to the testing of alarms in the power plants in Immingham, this new film is an audio journey around the borough, highlighting the uniqueness of our place.

Developed by Duncan Chapman, the soundscape is one of three creative commissions exploring what creativity is and what it means in North East Lincolnshire, which follow the development of the Creative Strategy earlier this year.

Duncan Chapman explained: “Talking with the communities of NE Lincs about how the sounds of the district have changed and what sounds they most connect with where they live has revealed connections between people and place as well as the industrial and rural character of the district.

“Some of the sounds evoked individual and personal memories (the sounds of grandchildren laughing), while others are a more shared experience (the fog horns on the Humber Bank).

“Tracing a journey between the individual and collective, they create a sonic portrait of the area. Asking people about the soundscape and how it has changed is a valuable way of discovering things about place and the people who inhabit it.

“It has been fascinating to explore this and to collect and work with the sounds and now to be able to share them with the rest of the world.”

Meanwhile, Grimsby-based lowercase theatre also hosted conversations with young people at a range of venues including Docks Academy, Freeman Street Market and Nunsthorpe Community Centre and specific sessions for Franklin College students and Flourish, for adults with additional needs. These sessions captured what creativity means to young people, and what their aspirations are for the future.

During drop-in sessions, participants were provided with a large map of North East Lincolnshire which was used prompt questions such as ‘Where do you find creativity in North East Lincolnshire?” and “What are your favourite places in the area?” to spark conversation, storytelling, and to delve further into what creativity means to participants.

Participants’ also discussed their creative journeys; their upbringing, whether they were influenced by their family or friends, if they studied a creative subject, to where they are today and aspirations for the future of North East Lincolnshire’s Creative Sector.

Comments from participants included:

  • “I used to think that in Grimsby, people typically didn’t see creativity as a strong value to have or something to appreciate, but actually going to uni and coming back I’m realising there actually is a strong body of creativity and people who do want to keep making it better.”
  • “Creativity is picking it up and figuring it out. That’s what makes you creative. It’s also about connection, conversation, friendship and supporting each other.”

Micky Parsons, who created the videos, said: “It was a great experience to document and showcase the strengths of local talent, to highlight the unique landscape of North East Lincolnshire, which illustrates why our corner of the world is so special.”

To listen to the soundscape and view the videos, visit the Arts Culture and Creative feed on the Council’s YouTube account: Arts, Culture & Creative – YouTube.

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