City of Culture grant for Pock Arts Centre

Arts Centre receives grant. Photograph from official opening
Arts Centre receives grant. Photograph from official opening

Staff at Pocklington Arts Centre have spoken of their “delight” as they receive a £2,500 grant in support of Hull City of Culture.

The grant comes following a successful application to East Riding 2017 Active Creative Grants.

The project, Voices of Freedom, will provide a platform for young, emerging musicians to reach a large audience base through a series of performances from July 2017 and will be launched at the venue’s Platform Festival.

The project aims to nurture talents, give each performer the opportunity to work with industry professionals, build a network of contacts and use the experience as a catalyst for their future careers.

James Duffy, of Pocklington Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant for Voices of Freedom.

“It will build on the success and supplement the Access to Music showcase stage at Platform Festival and increase the number of emerging musicians performing at the venue in 2017.

“We strongly believe in supporting and nurturing local talent and this project only goes to reinforce our commitment to this cause.”

Platform Festival, a four- day music festival organised by the Arts Centre and held at The Old Station, will host Voices of Freedom stage showcasing emerging music talent from around the region.

Building on the success of this year’s festival in July, artists will then be selected for slots in Pocklington Art Centre’s Autumn live event programme.

The centre’s All Things Dylan opened on Tuesday October 11.