£365k lottery funding boost for High Peak arts project

The new sculpture gate at the Granby Road play area
The new sculpture gate at the Granby Road play area

A successful community arts project has secured lottery funding to continue its work across High Peak for another five years.

The Reaching Communities Fund of the Big Lottery has awarded a grant of £365,255 to High Peak Community Arts for its Project eARTh.

For the past five years, Project eARTh has been responsible for a host of participatory arts projects for people experiencing mental distress, physical impairments or long-term conditions. Over 30 artworks have been created, including a ceramic human sundial in High Lee Park in New Mills, and an aluminium archway in Granby Park Road, Fairfield. Some projects involved partnerships with schools and community groups.

Project co-ordinator Alison Bowry said: “We look forward to starting a whole range of exciting new projects now.”

The new project starts in June, with groups in New Mills and Fairfield. Each session will be led by a professional artist, with support from mental health workers and volunteers. Admission is free and transport is available.

The Big Lottery grant also includes £15,000 of a ‘Building Capabilities’ grant for the first year, for the organisation as a whole to review, develop and undertake any training needs.