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SeaChange lead, deliver or partner in a number of local, national and international projects which support artistic and sector development and bring creative and cultural opportunities  to the people of Great Yarmouth.

European Heritage Day

A Celebration of Great Yarmouth Migrant History & the Transformation of King Street

‘Celebration of Great Yarmouth Migrant History Project’ is  supported by The Council of Europe, The European Commission and European Heritage Days.  Seachange Arts was one out of only eleven European project applicants to be awarded the 10,000 euro grant, and the only UK recipient.

The project has three main strands: A heritage learning programme; community décor making workshops and a multicultural celebratory event on King Street (subject to Covid related Govt. guidelines on social distancing and activities in outdoor public space).

The project tells the story of the transformation of the historic ‘King Street’ area of Great Yarmouth, viewed through the eyes of Portuguese migrant workers who have built their lives there over the last 20 years. It provides a platform for community voice, for people to tell their stories, share their experiences and celebrate together, promoting a deeper sense of community cohesion, unity and belonging.

The project will be led by Seachange Arts and delivered in collaboration with Time & Tide Museum, Creative People & Places: Freshly Greated, St. George’s Theatre and the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. The partnership is currently in the process of developing programme content and will seek to build on existing resource in order to maximize the scope and reach of the activity. The project provides a key opportunity for local partner organisations to work together across a common community engagement and audience development agenda.

Architectural Heritage Fund

Ice House Project

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK.

The AHF believes that better places can be built through community enterprise. Historic buildings and places play an essential role in our everyday lives, our cultural identity and our economy. Our historic environment can inspire creativity and enterprise, it brings communities together, and it makes people happier about where they live.

The Ice House is an attractive, historic structure situated in an idyllic riverside location. Since 2016, SeaChange Arts has used the property for storage only.

We feel that the property does not fulfil it’s full potential and wish to explore different ways in which the property could be reused as a commercial business to support our organisational resilience beyond our existing NPO. We envisage an all for profit business model that could still include partnerships with not for profit organisations and networks across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Roundabout Europe

A European circuit of residencies for outdoor arts

Roundabout Europe is an EU supported project which will help artists to interact with different outdoor arts festivals across the continent.

The project will be carried out in partnership with five main partners responsible for respectable outdoor arts festivals around Europe: Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts in the UK, Imaginarius in Portugal, KoresponDance in Czech Republic, Passage in Denmark and Spoffin Festival in The Netherlands of which is lead coordinator for the project.

Together, the partners will build a European circuit of residencies and outdoor arts festivals, targeting artistic companies that are either emerging or are at a turning point in their artistic development. Artists based in countries eligible for Creative Europe are applicable to apply.

The aim is to reinforce the capacity development of outdoor arts and making it a well recognised art form that provides opportunities for artistic companies to form a solid career and access new audiences, networks and markets. The goal is is to empower artists by making their work more professional, self-critical, sustainable, economical and profitable without losing artistic values.

Each selected artist or artistic company is invited to do 2 residencies in different countries and each with a special focus, depending on their needs and wishes. The residencies will offer time for artists to work on their shows as well as access to several workshops and coaching sessions: practical, artistic and inspirational. The result of these residencies will be presented at each of the five festivals contributing to the project.

Applications are currently open, with a deadline of 31st December 2018. Five artists/artistic groups will be selected by the end of February 2019. The application process is available online, you can apply via roundabouteurope.eu. Access the form directly here. The selection will be made by the artistic directors of the participating festival.

Roundabout Europe is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Roll Up! Roll Up!

A celebration of Circus in Great Yarmouth

Seachange have received a grant of £48,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Roll up! Roll up! A celebration of Circus in Great Yarmouth. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players the project will celebrate and explore the history of Circus in the town.

Coinciding with Circus250 – a national celebration around 250th anniversary of UK Circus, SeaChange will deliver an exciting heritage learning and community arts project for 2018 to 2019.

The project will raise awareness of the wider history of circus but with a special focus on the long tradition of seaside entertainment and circus heritage within the town.

The programme will involve local people in an exploration and celebration of the history of Circus in Great Yarmouth through a series of themed events, participatory performances, heritage skills training, oral history collection and other creative educational workshops and activities.

Professional artists will work with communities and draw on the heritage for inspiration. Creative responses will inform the creation of imaginative educational interpretation materials and performance presentations as part of The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Festa Fiesta and other events in the SeaChange calendar.

Do you have any photos or circus memories to share? Would you like to volunteer or get involved in the project in another way? If so, please email us: hello@seachangearts.org.uk 


A UK-wide celebration of all things circus

250 years ago, Philip Astley drew a circle on English ground and enriched it with a fantastic spectacle of radical theatre that we now know as modern circus.

In this UK-wide celebration of all things circus, Circus250 sets out to promote, collaborate, educate and develop many different projects from many exciting talents across the country as it recognises that very important place circus has in the heart of our communities.

Under the Circus250 initiative Great Yarmouth and Norwich has been recognised as one of the Six Cities of Circus. Born from the belief that circus is for everyone and everywhere (#circuseverywhere), organisations and institutions from museums, film festivals, libraries and schools to contemporary and traditional circuses are encouraged to collaborate and celebrate the infectious joy circus has brought to their communities for quarter a millennium.

At SeaChange Arts we are set to celebrate this very special historic occasion with a number of celebratory events scheduled in Great Yarmouth throughout the year.

Coming up in June, we are collaborating with the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival  with a special community carnival. To celebrate the history and influence of Barnum & Bailey”s Circus, ‘the Circus Comes to Town” in a project, bringing life-sized elephants, created in partnership with Norwich City Council. We”ll also be working with the community to create giant banner flags along with internationally renowned Kinetika.

The carnival will launch a day of Latin themed street and circus celebrations across the town”s Cultural Quarter in Festa Fiesta. There”ll be music, mirth and food, plus a chance to see Ocham”s Razor”s acclaimed Tipping Point.

For the Out There Festival, this year, we welcome back French street arts titans, Générik Vapeur who will be collaborating with Gorilla Circus to create a special Circus250 version of their legendary street show Bivouac – itself celebrating thirty years of world-wide success. We”ll be looking to recruit 250 local people to be part of this street spectacular. Want to be a part of it?

Follow our social media to stay updated on all our upcoming Circus250 celebrations. Follow @seachangearts, @Circus250 and browse #Circus250 and #Circuseverywhere to see how Britain is celebrating circus this year.

For further info on Circus250, visit www.circus250.com
For info on events in Great Yarmouth, visit www.circustalk.com/circus250programme/great-yarmouth

Catalan & Balearic Residency and presentation programme

Showcasing artists from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands

A long term reciprocal partnership between Institut Ramon Llull (Catalonia) Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (Balearic Islands), Trapezi Festival and SeaChange Arts which launches a new programme of residencies and performance opportunities for Catalonian and Balearic street art and circus companies.

The programme will see SeaChange presenting a number of Catalan and Balearic artists at UK events as well as offering a bespoke package of residencies designed to encourage the promotion of Catalan and Balearic culture.

SeaChange will support artists to develop shows, not only for Spanish, but for English speaking audiences and encourage collaborations between Catalan , Balearic and UK artists, providing opportunities for companies to access wider markets across the UK and other areas of Europe.

Coasters Touring Network

Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Coasters is a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

SeaChange Arts lead a consortium of 10 organisations with the shared ambition of building relationships with audiences in areas of lower engagement and helping transform perceptions of coastal towns.

Coasters will see top quality UK and international circus and street arts work programmed in events and festivals around the coast of England.  Each Coasters partner will work with their own local partners to build audiences among the lowest engaged, while the project will also look to increase visitor audiences to each location.

Brilliant, exciting, engaging, entertaining and accessible, the work presented will be programmed with the coast in mind – resonant and reflective of coastal locations and audiences.

Coasters Partners:

SeaChange Arts –  an independent arts development charity based in Great Yarmouth but collaborating internationally and dedicated to delivering outstanding Circus and Street Arts events including the annual Out There Festival.

Activate, Dorset  are leaders in outdoor and landscape art, producing, promoting and developing performing arts in Dorset with the belief that artists can affect and provide positive change in our communities.

Worthing Theatres  is the Connaught Theatre, Studio and Cinema, Pavilion Theatre and Assembly Hall. Working with renowned theatre makers, music promoters and producers throughout the UK and Europe, Worthing Theatres recently launched Summer of Circus the third largest contemporary circus festival within the UK, set to be repeated in 2017 and beyond.

Hastings Borough Council  is a strong supporter of arts and culture, with culture-led regeneration a key priority. It supports Stade Saturdays, a series of free performances on Hastings seafront, and the St Leonards Festival, a two day celebration of culture and community.

LeftCoast  programme arts  and creative activity across Blackpool and Wyre. It produces amazing art – from jaw-dropping spectacles to  intimate experiences to  inspire and support those who  live, work and study there.

Hull’s  Freedom Festival  is the flagship arts event within the city’s growing cultural landscape (Hull is UK City of Culture  2017). Now in its ninth year, Freedom Festival  celebrates – through artistic and cultural expression – Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom as the birthplace of slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival  is a four day cultural celebration showcasing the award winning coastline. It features live music, free street entertainment, activities for under 5’s and their parents and a colourful pageant.

Theatre Orchard  is an arts development charity that both produces and presents inspiring performance and creative opportunities in a diverse range of places and spaces in North Somerset …  and beyond.

SO Festival  is an exciting and innovative outdoor arts festival that promotes and presents the best festival arts and entertainment across East Lincolnshire, ending with an explosive finale weekend in Skegness.

Dreamland, Margate  is a unique heritage amusement park at the heart of the Thanet tourism economy. It will continue to play a significant role in the regeneration of Margate.

Without Walls

Street Arts Consortium

Without Walls is a consortium of festivals led by XTRAX dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector on the international stage.

The Consortium uses its collective extended networks to work with artists, promoters and commissioners, from across the UK and internationally, to ensure that high quality, well researched outdoor shows – on both the large and small scale and suitable for national and international touring – are generated.

Without Walls nurtures talent and skills by producing new work through commissions and co-productions that support the growth of the outdoor performance sector.

The partners are:

Up & Out Network

Up and Out is a collaborative network of creative organisations across the UK committed to supporting the creation and development of work in the circus and street arts sectors. Additionally the network supports cross-over work between these genres and other areas of performing arts.

With the intention of developing and promoting work of the highest quality, with the greatest potential to succeed in the UK and European markets, the Up & Out Network is made up of:

The network operates a rolling programme, inviting  proposals  to develop both new and existing indoor and outdoor work.   Successful applicants will have access to the partnership and will be offered a valuable package of support which includes creation space, access to partner”s networks, direction and production mentoring, and guidance on funding and creating commercially viable work.

For further information contact Veronica Stephens on 0044 1493 745458 or email veronica@seachangearts.org.uk