Keynsham’s Local Cultural Programme

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By the mid 19th century there were no resident gentry and no Great House. Keynsham was controlled by business and professional men, shopkeepers and farmers. Through the period Keynsham showed a marked independence from external authority and a determination to do things its own way.

Elizabeth White, Keynsham and Saltford: Life and Work in Times Past (1990)

Do you have a suggestion for a new cultural event or activity in Keynsham? Would you like to run your own?

The Keynsham Local Cultural Programme is now live and seeking suggestions and proposals for fun, innovative pop-up street events and activities.

The aim of the programme is to energise Keynsham’s cultural scene and bring its distinct local heritage to life through community-led events, installations and performances. From the founding of the Augustinian Abbey in 1166 to Keynsham’s modern history of industry and technology – we want to showcase the town’s stories like never before.

The programme is being led by Keynsham Town Council and Keynsham’s ‘Cultural Consortium’, a group made up of local representatives and stakeholders. It has been made possible by grants from Historic England and the Welcome Back Fund, which will allow us to develop the programme over the course of the next three years.

The Local Cultural Programme will include new markets on Market Walk in the Town Centre.

Get involved!

This is where you come in – we’re asking the community to help shape the Local Cultural Programme. There are two main ways you can get involved…

1. Have your say

Are you a resident, business owner or regular visitor to Keynsham? We’d like to know more about the kind of events and activities you’d like to attend in the Town Centre.

We invite you to complete this brief Feedback Form, which will help us to understand what people love about Keynsham’s culture and heritage, and what they’d like to see in future.

A poster bearing the question: "What kind of cultural events would you like to see happening in Keynsham in the future? Share it on a sticky note!" Several sticky notes read: carnival, museum, craft days, street food markets, repair cafe, etc

2. Apply for a Local Cultural Programme Small Grant (2022)

We have grants available to fund community-led pop-up events, workshops, performances and temporary installations, and are now inviting expressions of interest. We are offering up to £2,000 per proposal to support individuals and small organisations with big ideas.

We are looking for proposals for events and activities which reflect the vibrant culture, history, traditions, places and people of Keynsham. The Town Centre has experienced immense change in the twenty-first century – how should we commemorate the past, share new perspectives on the place we live in, and imagine new futures together?

There are two grants available – one for smaller ideas of up to £500, and a larger grant of up to £2,000. The Cultural Consortium will select up to five proposals for this round of applications. Works must be delivered by the end of March 2022. Subsequent rounds will be announced for 2023 and 2024.

What we’re looking for

While we’re keen to support as many creators as possible, there are four things we’d love to see in your application:

  • Local. We will prioritise artists and community groups with a connection to Keynsham.
  • Location. Events/activities can be indoors or outdoors, but they must fall within Keynsham’s High Street Heritage Action Zone.
  • Co-creation and skill sharing. We’re especially interested in artists or community groups working to create something together – for example, a local artist and environmental group making an installation for the library.
  • Innovation. We can support brand new ideas or the development of existing events/activities, but we cannot fund events that are unchanged from previous years.

Keynsham’s High Street Heritage Action Zone

What we’re offering

As well as offering funding, we can help you with:

  • Support to identify collaborators within Keynsham
  • Guidance on event organisation
  • Ongoing promotion as part of Keynsham’s Local Cultural Programme
  • Support in expanding your event in subsequent years

How to apply

We invite you to fill in this short Expression of Interest Form. We are looking to receive initial EOIs by midday on 29th November 2021.

We encourage applications from people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the cultural sector, including youth groups, people from low-income backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of the global majority.

We are committed to making our open calls accessible to all. Please don’t hesitate to contact if you need additional support with your application, or if you need to apply in an alternative format.

23 August 2021
Last Updated
15 November 2021