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Uplift Central Area: Growing Creativity

Following a series of pilot UPLIFT takeovers across the Central Area  (2019-2022), we have co-designed a new 18 month programme of creative interventions to realise a collective vision of a more creative, connected and healthier community in the Central Area of Barnsley.

The project will be artist driven, collaborative and targeted to work with vulnerable communities who experience barriers to culture and health challenges  across three neighbourhoods (Summer Lane and areas in Dodworth and Worsbrough). 

An Artist Developer will lead, alongside key partners, the Central Area Team (Barnsley BMBC), Berneslai Homes, Barnsley Libraries and residents to develop and deliver this work.

With a People Grower role, communities will also be supported to grow their own creative ideas and connections made into Barnsley’s wider cultural scene. 

We will commission 3 creative practitioners, responding to the creative visions of each community, to collaborate on ambitious ideas that are place-making, nurture wellbeing and shift perceptions on what it means to be creative.

If you would like to partner with us on the project or find out more, please write to Hayley at

Thanks to our funders Central Area Team and Arts Council England.

“It has given me a real lift and made me feel hopeful. Hope is important right now”  

Participant, Blow Out The Blues, 2021