North East Lincolnshire Council leader, Cllr Philip Jackson, today applauded his authority’s ambition to grow arts and culture within the borough.
In doing so, he wanted to highlight how that work would continue at a local level, meaning the authority would not be pursuing any partnership with other regional local authorities at this stage.
Commenting on reports that North East Lincolnshire Council was interested in partnering with two other district councils and one city council in Lincolnshire to work up a county City of Culture bid for 2029, he said:
“Of course we will watch with interest the progression of any such bid. However, the authority here is not in any position to actively take part at this stage. I wish to be clear too of the importance that North East Lincolnshire Council puts on considering the whole of Greater Lincolnshire when looking at future partnerships.”
Of the local North East Lincolnshire arts and culture sector, he added: “We have made great strides in our arts and culture offer locally in recent years and will continue to do so. I would like to take this opportunity to thank organisations, such as Arts Council England for their support.
“We have been successful in winning significant grant funding for projects that are changing our borough’s perception of art, heritage and culture. Grimsby Creates in particular, has done some fantastic work and it continues to do so. This is where our focus will remain presently – to change our cultural landscape within North East Lincolnshire.”
Events and activities across North East Lincolnshire recently have included The Festival of the Sea, the mural artwork across Grimsby (the Town Centre artwork is pictured), and this weekend’s Grim FalFest. Future events include Edible Grimsby, next month. For more about Grimsby Creates go to www.grimsbycreates.co.uk and for more on all events across the borough go to www.discovernortheastlincolnshire.co.uk