Funding boost for our Fellowship arts projects

Updated: 8 May 2018 at 14:37pm

The community-based arts activities that are running alongside our multimillion pound restoration of the Fellowship Inn in Bellingham have been given a £32,736 lottery-funded grant from Arts Council England.

Works are continuing at the Grade II listed building, which when it reopens in late 2018 will host a pub, a microbrewery, a performance space, a cinema, a café and the headquarters of Lewisham Music.

The Arts Council England grant will go to support our three arts projects that will come together to provide entertainment and a taste of local history at the Fellowship’s official reopening. The projects, which are also receiving part of the Heritage Lottery Fund support of the Fellowship restoration, aim to have involved 700 local residents by the time of the Fellowship’s official reopening.

Funding from the Arts Council England will be used to improve the production quality of the Fellowship Inn arts projects.

All the projects are designed around maximum public participation.

The first of the activities, an oral history project leading to a film organised by The Working Party, is nearing completion. Fifty people have taken part in the workshops, sharing their memories of the pub and the area. The film will be shown at the Fellowship reopening and the oral history gathered will form a permanent online archive.

Currently underway is a community tapestry that will be displayed at the Fellowship when it reopens. Three local schools are taking part, alongside volunteers – please get in touch if you would like to take part. This is being run by Stitches in Time.

The final project is a play and a parade, looking back at part of the history of the Fellowship. The play is being developed by Greenwich & Lewisham Youth People’s Theatre (GLYPT) in collaboration with local schools. It will be performed during the official launch weekend, and on the first night a lantern parade will set off from three points and lead to the Fellowship.

Phoenix Chief Executive Jim Ripley said: “The restoration of the Fellowship Inn is going to transform the area and put Bellingham on the map. The additional funding from Arts Council England will allow us to get even more people involved in these truly community-based activities. So many people have already shared their memories of the Fellowship and contributed, and we want many more to take part in the tapestry and the play. I can’t wait to see the end result at our launch event.”

If you would like to get involved in the Fellowship arts activities, contact us.