Arts activities in both static and mobile libraries building towards a more vibrant community hub and combating rural isolation
Field & Dyke – Your Fenland Stories
Historian and musician Danny Pedler will be touring South Holland with the mobile library in September playing folk songs and tunes from South Lincolnshire; he will be collecting memories, anecdotes and tales from the local area which will go on to inspire a large scale community drama.
Transported Open Book – an explanatory booklet
Libraries offer an ideal location for participatory activity as well as innovative performance for rural communities and isolated villages reached through a mobile library van.
In 2015 library staff embraced the contribution the arts can make to their spaces and the experience of the users. Transported worked with librarians to co-commission new works that could tour permanent and mobile libraries ahead of decisions being taken about the long term management of the service.
- Boston, Long Sutton and Spalding were the centre of a four week participatory arts programme in the autumn
- The mobile library service offered an enriching arts experience for those in isolated villages over a four month period to build on existing provision
- Libraries came to life as characters emerged from the books in live performance
This programme is also about gathering evidence of impact and value, so that an arts in libraries initiative can be developed for the whole of the county as well as underpin activity in Boston Borough and South Holland.
Open Book Commissions – External Websites