Submission from Amie Slavin, Freelance arts-type and Sound Artist

Why do you think people in the South Holland and Boston areas don’t get more involved in the arts?

I think people don’t feel there are things going on that interest or excite them enough to overcome the barriers to arts participation in rural areas, and motivation to join in is key, centring on the offer and marketing we can muster. Sorry for jargon; hoping to be concise :o)

What do you think should happen to encourage people to get more involved in the arts locally?

I think we need high callibre participation and engagement opportunities with a wow factor, a hint of celebrity perhaps, and a highly accessible program of public art and chances to get creative.

What ideas do you have for exciting, innovative ways to get more people involved in the arts in the area? Please also estimate how much it might cost.

Well of course I’m here, hoping I haven’t missed the boat, throwing SoundSpiral into the mix:

I’d like to suggest including that SoundSpiral is brought in, both to show this wild system, with its unique and striking playback capability, and to give people chances to join in making sound works to playback in the space. I’d like to see SS hosting workshops with people of all ages; offering people chances to try out each aspect of making SoundArt, so that they make work which can playback by the end of, say, a week’s workshopping.

SS can also serve as a venue for all sorts of workshops and gigs, and it can run an entire program, earning its keep way beyond its own opportunities to get people making complex sound works from a standing start.

SoundSpiral will cost somewhere between £2000 and £10000, depending how hard we want it to work (anything from basic install to full program of workshops and performances).