HOME Slough awarded £1 million by Arts Council England

HOME Slough was awarded £1 million through the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places Programme, to support a further three years (2019-2022) of community driven arts and cultural activity in Slough in November 2018.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Slough Borough Council says: “Arts in all its forms make a major difference to people’s lives in terms of their education, health and wellbeing, so we are thrilled that Slough Council for Voluntary Service has been awarded this grant to run the HOME Slough project. With this support from Arts Council England, Slough residents can look forward to exciting, fun filled and family friendly arts events and activities in the high street; culminating in a major festival making use of inspiring local, national and international artists. We will be working in partnership with Slough Council for Voluntary Service, to build on this as we develop a Slough Cultural Arts Strategy”.

Jamie Green, Chairman of Slough Council for Voluntary Service and Lead of HOME Slough’s consortium said “We’re delighted that Arts Council England and Slough Borough Council are investing further in Creative People and Places in Slough. The programme empowers and involves the community in its decision-making, enabling people to have brilliant art experiences in the place that they live. Over the next three years we hope that Slough CVS can add to HOME’s continued success in helping more people to get involved and take part in creative activities in Slough through its ambitious programme.”

Home Slough is a project delivered by Slough Council for Voluntary Service and is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Creative People and Places projects have reached over 2 million people, 91% of who do not regularly engage in the arts.