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Small grants programme boost local cultural work

11:48 am, Friday, 24th November 2023 - 3 months ago


A poetry and jam night, RED SAIL, dedicated to delivering a night of musical and poetic entertainment will be held this Saturday (25 November) at the Turntable Gallery in Grimsby.

This is the first of a series of funded activities through the Create North East Lincolnshire Small Grants programme, which aims to support local creative talent in the borough to get their work to a wider audience.

RED SAIL stands above other country-wide jam nights by committing to the pledge of incorporating every possible artistic discipline to the event’s organisation and proceedings as well as giving back to a selected charity through means of a charity art raffle.

The doors open at 7pm with the evening starting at 7.30pm  and tickets are available from Eventbrite.

Sam Moody, a local poetry night producer and performer, said: “We had our first event in August this year, and were absolutely sold out! RED Sail is an all-inclusive event, inviting people from any background to take part and express their views openly and freely in a safe space – be it through performance, or as an audience member.

“Our audience can look forward to local poets, a house band/musicians, and a full art exhibition for everyone to explore and enjoy within the gallery. A ‘jam’ form is available throughout the evening for audience members to sign up and step up to the stage to perform their poetry/music.”

Cllr Hayden Dawkins, Cabinet member for culture, said: “This is the first set of several small grants the programme is supporting, helping enhance cultural activity across the whole borough. It’s a rolling programme that people can bid in to grants of between £500 and £5000 available.”

During the event, The Turntable Gallery will be running its latest winter exhibition, Contagion, which the audience are invited to enjoy, free of charge.

Other projects supported through the small grants programme include:

Local filmmaker, Danny Fowler is documenting the story of John Hopkinson, an alumni from Grimsby School of Art and will encompass Grimsby’s cultural heritage and the legacy of artists on our place. The film will be shot locally and shown in person and posted online for wider reach.

Photographer Richard McClean is focussing on an interactive photographic exhibition entitled ‘Better than watching TV’ which documents the Freeman Street flats prior to and during demolition collated alongside stories from people who lived or worked there. Richard is working with Grimsby library, Grimsby and Cleethorpes Civic Society and Jane Hyldon-King as well as The Turntable Gallery for the exhibition space.

Sarah Palmer’s Waterworks Woods research project involves artistic investigation of the unique blow well in the woods.  She aims to create art based on her findings, what’s on the ground and then exhibit the results in a new space in Grimsby. During her project, Sarah is working with James Elliot (Canoe River Cleaner) and local photographer Chris Frear as well as the Council’s ecology team.

If you wish to apply for a small project grant, please visit

Alternatively, come and chat to us at our next monthly drop-in on Thursday 7th December 9am to 12noon at Projekt Renewable, Alexandra Dock, next to Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby.

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