27th August 2021: IPSE Freelancer Awards shortlist

Yarmouth Springs Eternal is up for the ‘Freelancing Project Award’ category of the IPSE Freelancer Awards! This feels like brilliant recognition for the project, which not only had significant community impact, but also highlights the expanded potential and momentum that freelance artists can make in their community when they collaborate together

I’ve been invited to give a short pitch on Zoom for the judging panellists to consider and the winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in London in October

These are some of the things I said about the project:

“Community participatory arts is an often overlooked area of the cultural sector, but often has the deepest impact. Yarmouth Springs Eternal – led in partnership with originalprojects; – recognised the anxiety, disconnection and inequality faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and turned it into an uplifting, welcoming and joyful creative project that engaged local people in their familiar environments

The project, led by arts freelancers, overall supported 15 self-employed cultural practitioners with paid opportunities to make the project to happen. This included leading creative activities, producing events and marketing”

Thank you to all the generous and creative practitioners who helped the Yarmouth Springs Eternal project to bloom in 2021. The seed has already been planted for a second year to grow again in Spring 2022, and this shortlist acts as an extra ray of sunlight to nurture its potential