Since 2014, the team behind Brigantia has led the Creative Scene programme in North Kirklees. As part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, they have been creating more opportunities for people in North Kirklees to choose, create and take part in brilliant art experiences across the Batley & Spen and Dewsbury areas.
We are proud to be the North of England hub for the new Tandem Regions project - a constellation of changemakers in European neighbourhoods and regions, connecting together for learning and exchange through collaborations and placements.
Grown out of our participation in the Tandem project over the past 5 years, with partners the European Cultural Foundation, we will be collaborating with Hubs in Athens, Greece, Berlin, Germany, and Aveiro, Portugal, developing cultural innovations to support communities and neighbourhoods that are often ‘left behind’. We will be developing joint initiatives and bringing good practice to the attention of European and regional decision makers, through international ‘light-house’ events.
A multi-media performance with 100 different groups and communities from across Kirklees - each telling their stories of the last year, and looking forward to the one fine day when they can all meet together. More info coming soon.
“In a small dark room, where I will wait
Face to face I find, I contemplate
Even though a man, is made of clay
Everything can change, that one fine
Then before my eyes is standing still
I beheld it there, a city on a hill
I complete my tasks one by one
I remove my masks when I am done”
We know great creative places need creative spaces, and at Union, our new 3 storey base in the town centre, we will be running a wide programme of events and activities as well as creating space for our vibrant and diverse communities to make their own events and activities. Want fun creative things to do with all the family, to set up a writer’s group, host a poetry event, find out about local events, watch performances, find rehearsal or meeting space, develop your arts career?
Union will be for YOU: come make it what you want. More info coming soon.
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Nancy was born and grew up in Seacroft on the outskirts of Leeds. Of Irish heritage, she was reeling and jigging from an early age. Nancy began her career working as a community artist with Ordsall Community Arts in inner-city Salford, before taking on roles in local authority arts and cultural development, and leading the Arts Council’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships, across Greater Manchester. She joined Creative Scene as Director in 2014. Away from her life on land, Nancy is the co-owner of a sailing boat and loves to take to the open seas in her free time.
Born and bred in Huddersfield, Vicky began putting on shows with her mates in the school holidays and hasn’t stopped since. Beginning her career in participation and outreach with Peshkar Productions, Theatre Centre and artsdepot, Vicky returned to work in West Yorkshire when she joined Creative Scene in 2014.
When she’s not creating new opportunities for people to see, hear and take part in the arts, Vicky enjoys ballroom and Latin dancing and exploring the local area on her bike.
Sara returned to her hometown of Dewsbury in 2017 to complete her MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School. After spending her 20s working in London for The Corner Shop PR, Sara got stuck back into the community while working at Batley Girls’ High School before joining Creative Scene in May 2019. Away from the office, Sara enjoys rummaging around Yorkshire’s best charity shops for vintage treasures and dusty books.
Lisa grew up in Manchester and moved to Wakefield to study Theatre and Performance in 2005. Since then, she has worked and lived on both sides of the Pennines; working for contemporary theatre greenroom and cultural research agency Morris Hargreaves McIntyre in Manchester, before joining Creative Scene as Administrator in 2014.
Born and raised in Leeds, Simon moved to Dewsbury in his late teens. After working in many different industries, including healthcare and owning a cafe in Heckmondwike, Simon found his way into the arts.
When he's not making sure everything at Brigantia runs smoothly, Simon loves to travel around the country to experience street art and graffiti and create his own work and installations.