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Feedback wanted on ideas to boost South Molton as an ‘arts destination’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 08 March 2017

Ideas are being sought to help boost South Molton as an �arts destination�. Picture: Andy Keeble

Ideas are being sought to help boost South Molton as an �arts destination�. Picture: Andy Keeble

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Town council given cash to deliver arts initiatives - what would you like to see?

South Molton could play host to live theatre and annual art festivals, or even a national maypole festival in the town square.

These are just some of the ideas being looked at to help boost the town’s status as an arts destination.

The town council has received a £9,450 grant from Arts Council England to research a raft of initiatives – and is now asking local people for feedback, as well as suggestions of their own.

Other ideas generated so far include developing an arts venue or an indoor venue for skateboarding and associated music and graffiti.

Ideas are being sought to help boost South Molton as an �arts destination�. Picture: Andy Keeble Ideas are being sought to help boost South Molton as an �arts destination�. Picture: Andy Keeble

Community groups could work with artists to create a wild flower event; a woodland sculpture trail, or a sculpture or mural trail around the town.

The town could make use of refurbished venues such as churches to host concerts, or it could host a winter light and projection festival, where historic images could be projected onto buildings.

Peter Newell, who is leading the South Molton Arts Destination Project for the town council, said: “These are only suggested ideas that have already come from community groups and by looking at what other towns and cities have done.

“Nothing has been finalised but we want to find out what people think and hear about any suggestions they have of their own.”

People can leave feedback on the ‘South Molton Arts Destination’ Facebook page or email their thoughts to pete.newell48@gmail.com. Alternatively, write to South Molton Arts Destination Project, c/o South Molton Town Council, 125 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU.

Mr Newell said he would be reporting back to the town council at the end of the month and delivering a presentation of the various ideas at a meeting on March 7.

“I hope the council will be able to make a decision on what it wants to pursue,” he added.

“We’ve tapped into a lot of energy and a lot of good ideas; it’s all got to be sustainable and community-led.”

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