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Exciting £730K arts and culture project plans for Nelson

Published: Wednesday, 29th June 2022

Exciting £730K arts and culture project plans for Nelson

Residents in and around Nelson are being alerted to a new and exciting arts and culture project due to commence later this year under the brand This is Nelson.

In the coming months, people in the community will be asked to contribute their ideas on how best to maximise £730K of funding earmarked for the project.

It’s being spearheaded by In-Situ, an organisation based in Pendle involved in the arts, community engagement and ecology.

And it’s one of eight projects being backed by the Nelson Town Deal board as part of the £25 million new towns fund which has been won for Nelson.

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, Leader of Pendle Borough Council, said: “We are making the most of this once in a generation opportunity for our town.

This is Nelson has been granted approval by the Council and we are now waiting for the green light from the Government later this summer to invest £730,000 in this exciting project.”

In-Situ will actively engage with Nelson’s community for the project which aims to encourage a shared sense of ownership and pride in the town. 

This is Nelson will include a programme of activities and events and the reactivation of places and spaces, bringing a sense of new life and energy to the town. 

Paul Hartley, Head of Organisation and Engagement at In-Situ, the arts organisation leading the project, said: “We’re delighted to announce these early details about This is Nelson.

It’s a massive opportunity for people to have their say on the future of our town.”

Activities will support community cohesion through the renovation of empty shops and other commercial spaces and events to celebrate cultural diversity through music, art and workshops.

Pendle Council leader, Cllr Nadeem Ahmed, added: “This is Nelson has the potential to improve the town in so many ways.

“It will improve health and wellbeing through activities in open spaces, will reinforce the town’s role as a key service centre for the needs of the community and breathe new life into heritage assets and redundant buildings.”

Stephen Barnes, Chair of the Nelson Town Deal Board, echoed Cllr Nadeem Ahmed’s words, adding:

This is Nelson has the potential to have a major impact on Nelson town centre and our local community.

“It is a vital building block as one of the eight projects of the Nelson Town Deal which will transform Nelson and have a positive impact on Pendle, improving the quality of life and prospects for local people and our economy.”