Good Stuff in St Leonards

Good Stuff in St Leonards

Good Stuff in St Leonards is a creative programme of projects in St Leonards, designed and led by local residents and facilitated by Home Live Art. It is a celebration of the diversity of our community both creatively and culturally. Projects were developed from a public consultation alongside an open-call for residents to submit ideas and dreams of what they wish to happen creatively in our town.

Projects have included a senior’s dance club, an LGBTQ+ drama group, an exhibition of local Black artists and a large-scale public artwork designed by and for the people of St Leonards. Each group has come together to create positive change in our community and to feel proud of where we live – building a community that is creating, reflecting, thinking, listening, giving, receiving and learning.

I got to know new people and made new friends, I love seeing passers-by interact with the project and I feel very proud to be part of something so beautiful that I genuinely believe makes our town a better place.
Painting the Prom participant

We supported twenty resident-led projects including:

Painting the Prom

A series of public murals created by and for the people of St Leonards

Playing the Race Card

An exhibition and town-wide conversation on race

One Foot in the Groove

A weekly dance programme for folks aged 60+

All Choired Up

A welcoming LGBTQ+ choir for all abilities

Remote Local

A space for young migrants to think about what local means to them

Being part of the dance troupe has been such a great experience in many ways. Inhibitions are thrown aside, restrictions on movements due to stiff joints which in many ways prevents a beautiful fluid movement to the routines doesn’t matter. We do what we can and hope for the best.  The best part is making new friends and laughing at our mistakes. It has been so much fun.
One Foot in The Groove member

Looking to the future

Our legacy is far-reaching in the ways it has brought about tangible changes to the town and all the participants that have been involved in Good Stuff in St Leonards. The projects were a source of connection and creativity through COVID-19 and many of the relationships, networks and projects continue to grow.

Our ambition is to find ways to continue to support the community’s projects as they develop and inspire others, by leveraging our learnings, connections and dedication to bringing people together to make a lasting difference locally.

For more information about Good Stuff in St Leonards visit the website.

Good Stuff in St Leonards is coordinated by Home Live Art and funded by Creative Civic Change – a partnership between Local Trust, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation, and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

  • When ongoing project

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