Community-led cultural activities will be brightening up Weston-super-Mare’s town centre thanks to new funding from Historic England.
Weston is one of 60 towns across the country to share a £6m pot of funding to create and deliver cultural projects which reach out to diverse communities.
Weston’s High Street Heritage Action Zone’s cultural programme has been granted £119,690 of this to develop a three-year cultural project, 21st Century super Shrines.
This exciting programme will be co-created by professional artists, in partnership with local emerging artists and communities and will see a series of innovative contemporary ‘shrines’ appear on the high street.
These shrines may be permanent installations or live arts experiences, creating a sense of shared values and a new sense of ‘worth’ on the high street.
Heritage and culture play a central role in people’s lives and investing in this thriving sector will play a key part in helping the town recover and prosper from the pandemic.
The first shrine will be a performance-based bandstand in the town centre co-created by internationally-acclaimed artist Morag Myerscough.
The bandstand, which will make its premiere as part of Weston’s Whirligig Festival in September, will become a performance platform for other cultural events within the town.
Another shrine will build on a recent Culture Weston project ‘Let’s Get Visible’ with Weston’s LGBTQ+ community.