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Vital Sparks round 3

In our third round we awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects.

Seeds ‘N’ Feeds

Seeds ‘N’ Feeds works to turn tired urban spaces into places of colour, beauty and recreation. We awarded a bursary of £4,420 for a project that will bring neighbours together to create and enjoy community gardens in the St Peter & the Waterfront ward. Overgrown planters will have vegetables, fruit trees and flowers chosen by the community and a living willow sculpture will also be created.

LGBT Community

The Plymouth LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Archive shines a light on the rich life and histories of the city’s LGBT communities. A Vital Sparks bursary of £3,700 will enable the archive to be explored by five writers. They will create new pieces of writing for stage and an opportunity to share this part of Plymouth’s history with a wider audience.

Alzheimer’s Society

We awarded £3,300 to help three memory cafes in Plymouth come alive with percussion and improvised storytelling. ‘Sharing Stories’ is a project hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society for people living with dementia. Participants can express themselves creatively without having to rely on failing memories. Led by Nigerian artist, Abimbola Alao, this unique approach to storytelling uses improvisation, drama and reminiscence-based techniques and is especially designed for people who experience memory loss.

One Red Dot

Devonport will host six unique exhibitions during 2015-16 led by community organisation, One Red Dot thanks to a £3,500 Vital Sparks bursary. ‘Art in the Park’ will be an innovative weather-resistant art show mounted on lamp posts in Devonport Park. It will showcase community art projects and work by artist, Brian Pollard amongst others.

Jon Brown

We awarded £350 to a project that will see a tree stump outside St Budeaux Library transformed thanks to local resident Jon Brown who will use the funds to commission a sculptor.