Sport, Leisure & Culture Cabinet Member – Minute – 1 December 2010

95 (13) CULTURAL OLYMPIAD – PROGRESS REPORT – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report to provide an update on progress on the previously agreed programme for the Cultural Olympiad, and seek approval for emerging proposals.

The Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture agreed the outline programme for the Cultural Olympiad on 19 February 2010 (minute 76 refers). The agreed theme was around cycling with a contemporary exhibition at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, historic exhibition at Normanby Farming Museum and related events.  In addition North Lincolnshire Museum and Normanby Hall were part of the regional strand of ‘Precious Cargoes’, which reflected movement of people into the region and was based on the national theme for Museums ‘Stories of the World’. Both elements of the programme linked to the regional signature programme of “I move”.

North Lincolnshire Museum had successfully bid for funding to improve the Archaeology Gallery as part of the regional ‘2012 Ready’ scheme, and support from Our Sporting Lives for the Scunthorpe United exhibition in 2011. These projects contributed to the build up to the games.

The Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir had submitted an expression of interest for funding to the Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad programming project: “I-move”. The project was a community opera/performance piece on a cycling theme, especially written for the occasion at Glanford Park Football Stadium.

Further work was underway to see if the cycling themed part of the programme was eligible for an application for the Olympic Brand of the Inspire mark. It was considered that the proposed programme would make a positive contribution to increasing participation in cultural and sporting activities with the strong connecting theme of cycling. In addition it was envisaged that elements of the project would engage with a number of community groups some who were potential new audiences for the service, therefore making a positive impact on diversity in relation to traditionally hard to reach groups.

Cycling was an environmentally friendly form of transport and elements of the programme would enable the positive reinforcement of this message.

In line with the proposal in the report agreed in February, officers were exploring opportunities with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to secure additional resources to maximise the impact of the exhibitions. It was suggested that a ‘Your Heritage’ bid for £50,000 was submitted for this purpose. This would include intergenerational work, with young people taking a lead on collecting objects, photos and oral history from community groups and creating short films.

It was also proposed to seek funding for a temporary community worker post for 18 months as part of the bid. The job would assist in working with the varied communities across North Lincolnshire to gather the content for the exhibitions. They would also assist in developing and delivering the events and activities related to the exhibitions

Resolved – (a) That the update on the planned programme outlined within the report be noted, (b) that the bid for additional resources to HLF in order to maximise the impact of the programme be approved, and (c) That further reports on the progress be received for consideration at future briefing meetings.