Funding Announcement

Friday 9th November

Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, I am really pleased to be able to tell you that Ossett Observer has been awarded Arts Council Funding for our winter projects.

We are absolutely thrilled as it will allow us to carry on making work in Ossett and to continue to develop audiences and participants for our work.

This funding will allow us to do 3 things.

1/ To commission Tony Wade (Sheep Maker Extraordinaire, Faceless Arts) and Cassandra Kilbride (Yarnstorm Artist) to make the Jack Frost Sculpture that will form the centrepiece of our #1000snowflakes installation. We have already received support from Building Ossett Better who gave us some start up funds for this project, which allowed us to design and print Flyers and spend some time promoting the project. But now we can make the installation we want, to showcase the beautiful woolwork that Ossett people are doing for us.

2/ To work with Trinity Church in bringing London Community Gospel Choir to Ossett on Dec 6th. This funding will allow 40 Ossett Schoolchildren to take part in a workshop with the choir and for their parents to attend the concert free of charge. We think it’s really important for children and their families to be encouraged to particpate in and see high quality arts activity in their home town and this money will allow us to do this.
3/ Some time for us to develop Ossett Ukulele Club as a community music project, finding new participants and working in partnership with other arts organisations and local groups to create opportunities for our participants. In December the Ukulele Club will peform at Slunglow Theatre’s Christmas Fayre in Leeds, At Kala Sangam’s Christmas Craftivity in Bradford and at Building Ossett Better’s Festive Feature.

These are small things but I hope they will make a difference to the activities we can provide in the town, thank you for getting involved.

Thank you Arts Council.

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