The scheme, which has been set up to support grass-roots community, arts and cultural activities linked to Mayflower 400, is a partnership between The Box, Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, and Vital Sparks.

It’s supported by a grant of £100,000 from Arts Council England and the Government Treasury.

Sixteen different projects have been awarded bursaries in this round for activities ranging from storytelling to street parties, and historical talks to giant tapestries.

Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader said: “This is brilliant news for everyone involved and takes the number of projects currently being funded by ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ to an amazing 29! I’m really proud of this initiative which is a vital part of Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme. I can’t wait to see how it helps all the successful individuals, groups and organisations realise their ideas and ambitions during 2020.”

In this second funding round:

Twenty five of the most deprived primary schools in Plymouth will be offered ‘The Story of The Mayflower’ – a one-hour dramatic storytelling performance. A bursary of £4,800 will fund Katy Cawkwell to deliver this though-provoking session which will enrich the lives of school children, teachers and the wider school community.

Katy Cawkwell said: ‘I’m so glad to have this opportunity to bring the ‘Story of the Mayflower’ to Plymouth’s school community. This show follows the journey of Squanto, who played a key role in the Pilgrims’ first year in America, and the journey of William Bradford, who travelled on the Mayflower.
It would be wonderful if every child in the city could grow up having an understanding of this and dramatic storytelling is a really great way to make history exciting and entertaining and memorable.”

Art, Craft and Laughter has received £3,000 to produce a sail for the vintage sailing boat Tectona. This unusual art project will take a large sail and cut it into 80 pieces which will be decorated by people struggling with mental health issues. Once sewn back together the sail will symbolise how people can make better progress through life when they are supported.

Feminist Fusion has been granted £3,000 to hold challenging community discussions around the themes of the Mayflower including immigration and patriarchy. They will also host an innovative art project with students from Lipson Community College and showcase art from local artists. ‘We Are All On A Journey’ will culminate in a show and exhibition in November 2020.

The Plymouth Brick Project has received £3,000 towards its goal to deliver a lively public artwork on Glen Park Avenue Steps in Mutley. Devised by artist Dan Petley, the project is aiming to engage with over 3000 people who will each paint a design on a brick in the wall next to the steps, transforming this neglected space into a vibrant art gallery. Dan will be supported by local artists, The Shekinah Mission, Open Doors International Language School and PADAN.

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Image courtesy of Dan Petley

Routeways has been granted £3,000 to run a series of workshops creating 17th century artefacts and developing its own Mayflower production and environment to stimulate young people with autism, ADHD and learning disabilities.

£3,000 goes to Transforming Plymouth Together in support of an Arts Council application for a faith-based production for Plymouth schools and the wider community.

A celebratory event for people in the city with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities has been given seed funding of £3,000. Social worker Jane Devlin will deliver a ‘Respect’ style event that celebrates difference and allows people with disabilities the freedom to express themselves.

Jane Devlin said: “We are thrilled to be putting on this festival and our event will be fun packed with guest speakers, performances and interactive activities. Although our focus will be on celebrating difference, this ‘first of its kind’ event in Plymouth will also help people recognise that we all share similar aspirations in life.”

The bridge on Gdynia Way is the focus of a project working with the Polish Community in Plymouth. £3,000 has been awarded to support community action that will see the faded Polish folk art flower mural get a much-deserved revamp. This is part of the wider ‘Road to Mayflower’ project being led by the local construction industry through Building Plymouth.

Adelaide Street residents will need to dust off their bunting and unpack their tablecloths for a special Mayflower 400 event. The street has been given a bursary of £3,000 to run a traditional street party with complimentary art workshops.

Plymstock Community Forum has successfully secured £2,423 for an ambitious project to produce a large-scale tapestry. Local embroiderers and needlework volunteers will document the extensive and colourful history of Plymstock, from the Roman invasion through to the present day. The finished work will be sited at Plymstock Library.

What was life like in 17th century Plymouth? A consortium led by the Plymouth Archaeological Society has secured £2,000 towards a heritage symposium called ‘Plymouth 1620: The Place, The People, The Evidence’ and a series of walks and talks which will reveal a picture of life in Plymouth in 1620.

Devon Family History has been granted £2,000 towards its International Genealogical Conference in August 2020 at Plymouth Guildhall. A diverse programme of talks will investigate DNA, tribal history and the experience of tracing your family tree by Mayflower descendants.

£2,000 goes to Plymouth Hope for an art workshop that will take place at its festival celebrating the sport, art and culture of Plymouth’s diverse communities.

Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council has secured £2,000 towards artist workshops at the Respect Festivals leading up to 2020. The funding will help pay for artists of colour to produce exciting sessions for children.

Plympton St Maurice Civic Association will receive £2,000 for a Mayflower-themed picnic on Castle Green. Their bursary will also support a guided history walk and week-long Anglo-American Film Festival at Plympton St Maurice Guildhall.

Members of the University of the Third Age will be treated to a fun workshop of 17th century popular dances courtesy of a £1,300 bursary to Toute Ensemble Renaissance Windband. There will also be opportunities for the public to experience dance and music from the time of the sailing of the Mayflower.

The third round of ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ is now open. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019. More information and an application form can be downloaded from Mayflower 400 Community Sparks page in our Arts and Culture section. If you need help with your project idea you can contact Fiona Evans at Vital Sparks on [email protected].

The deadline for this application round is 31 October 2019.


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