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Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation

Committed to Culture - Putting Arts and Heritage at the Heart of Regeneration

Culture board at Ayscoughfee

Putting Arts and Heritage at the Heart of Regeneration

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation!

What does this mean?

  • Arts Council England invest public money in nearly a thousand arts and cultural organisations through their National Portfolio. These organisations deliver Arts Council England Lets Create Strategy aims and objectives on a localised level.
  • The Partnership has been allocated NPO funding of £1,955,799 for 2023-2026
  • The funding was awarded to the Partnership to deliver an ambitious project which uses culture to strengthen area's heritage.

South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership has been successful in obtaining Arts Council England funding for a three-year National Portfolio project that puts culture at the heart of celebrating our heritage and local stories, to create a strong sense of place, increase our visitor offer and to upskill and engage our communities.

Our project focuses on developing three creative hub sites; Boston Guildhall, Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens and the soon to be built Sutton-on-Sea Colonnade. These sites will be an epicentre for activity, to encourage new audiences to access the significant stories of our areas.

Our programme links together the three council areas through succinct heritage themes, but will also respond to the local distinctiveness and community needs/wants in each area.

A key aim of our project is to continue engagement with our core audience but to reach out to new audiences and particularly to engage with young people, marginalised and underrepresented groups. Our goal is to provide opportunities for people to work with us on co-creation projects and develop their skills, ideas and ultimately share their stories in creative ways.

Our overall aim is to become an exemplar hub for regional cultural development, with the inclusion of heritage within arts and culture.


We will...

Inspire communities to explore, showcase and celebrate their stories, place and culture through creativity.


Re-imaging culture:

Using digital technology to create immersive commissions to re-ignite our heritage assets and tell the stories they hold.

Re-connecting culture:

A 21st Century Digital Assets Collecting Programme, to share the significant stories of our past as well as capturing the stories from today that are important to our communities.

Uplifting culture:

Introducing stronger cultural programming to our Creative Hub sites and in each district, encouraging touring programmes and developing visitor experiences.

Activating culture:

Programming a series of opportunities for sector development and growing local talent in our partnership area.

Leadership culture:

Developing our Culture Board to collectively work in partnership to compliment and support wider programmes and delivering an annual Cultural Conference to encourage collaboration across South and East Lincolnshire


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