Arts that matter in places that matter

A licence to dig up buried treasure!

As hinted at in our last newsletter, we have some great news in times of funding scarcity. We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded a two year grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our project – ‘UNEARTH – Discovering the Hidden Histories of Devon’s Rural Communities’

The project will involve eight ViA rural communities researching and exploring their local stories, customs and traditions, with a particular focus on stories connected to their village hall. Kate Green, our Creative Communities Officer, has already heard some fabulous stories, including one about a villager who used to embrace and whisper sweet nothings to his cider barrel.

Only in Devon.

The villagers’ research will be supported by the South West TV and Film Archive and the South West Heritage Trust, based in Exeter’s Great Moor House, including a special film night in each place. (Some promoters who are longer in the tooth will remember with fondness the film nights that SWFTA used to run in village halls across Devon.)  

The part of the project that makes it extra special and definitely a ViA project is that the stories unearthed in each location will be shared with commissioned performers and artists. They’ll then create original multi-media performance pieces to be performed in each hall.

A great all-round project for those taking part – Brentor, Buckfastleigh, Chagford, Colyford and Colyton Parish, Crediton, Rattery, Starcross and Whimple.

We will keep you all updated with progress and hopefully you will be able to catch up with all that is going on if one of your neighbouring villages are taking part. You will definitely be able to go along to the film nights and the final performances. 

We are very excited to see what gems of local heritage are soon to be UNEARTHed!


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