OUR HERITAGE RESTORATION
The grade II listed Spilsby Sessions House (aka Spilsby Theatre) has been on the national 'Theatres at Risk Register' since 2015 and is also recognised, by East Lindsey District Council's Historic Environment Officer, as a heritage site at risk.
We are working on a full project of restoration that will bring the building back into use as an outstanding facility that will benefit people and the town of Spilsby and the surrounding area.
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A current community engagement project across the 5 market towns of Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby & Wainfleet produced by Spilsby Sessions House in partnership with Different Light and commissioned by East Lindsey District Council.
Working with professional artists we have created a touring roadshow
visiting the market towns from 1st December to 15th December 2021. A combination of street performers, a projected animation film, an interactive sculpture, staging and lighting is bringing the wintery town centres to life and providing a contemporary twist on the idea of a traditional travelling fairground.
The local community have been engaged in the project, submitting artwork that has been incorporated into the animated film. Many contributions have come from local school classes and care homes. Local shops, galleries and businesses are also exhibiting a selection of the original artworks.
MARVELLOUS MECHANICAL MUSICALMACHINE
As part of our Festive Fabuloso project for East Lindsey District council we were able to commission artist Dave Cranmer, a sculptor and engineer, to create an interactive sound sculpture.
One part of this wonderful project has been recycling parts from an old church organ that for many years had sat unused and neglected on the balcony of Spilsby Theatre.
The highly visual spectacle is designed to be transportable and incorporates the latest technology to enable the public to operate the machine and create a musical soundscape. The sculpture can also be reprogrammed to create differently themed soundscapes .
The musical machine will have a future beyond the Fabuloso project being available for bookings for outdoor arts and community events..
Spilsby Sessions House produced this special event for Boultham Park in Lincoln, as part of Boultham Park's National Lottery funded Heritage Activities Plan.
Artists worked with pupils at the nearby Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School to create lanterns for a parade that took place in the park in October 2021.
The parade was also combined with a partnership event - a touring exhibition of artworks from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust marking the end of the 3-year NHLF funded #LoveLincsPlants project.
More than 1,000 people attended the event.
We have worked with partners Grubby Knees to develop an ongoing kids and youth programme in the the Sessions House venue. We are also playing a small role in assisting Grubby Knees with a mental health programme for adults taking place across the region throughout 2022.
Spilsby Light Night 2020 took place on one evening in March and was attended by more than 2000 people. Highlights proved to be the Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif-Paf Theatre inside St James’ Church, the video projections by Barret Hodgson with live DJ on the front of Spilsby Sessions House, the VR headsets by Leicester-based MBD at the New Life Church, the Illumaphonium by the statue of Sir John Franklin, the incredible digital dance performance by Tom Dale Company inside Franklin Hall and the fantastic community light parade through the centre of town.
In the weeks preceding the event two professional artists worked with a wide range of local schools and community groups to create specially themed lanterns for the Community Parade.
By working with creative partners Different Light, two successful years of 'Spilsby Light Night' in 2019 & 2020 have been delivered, funded by Arts Council England with local support from East Lindsey District Council, Spilsby Town Council and local businesses.
During the 2020 winter lockdown we produced "Hope & Light" a Covid-safe community engagement project for East Lindsey District Council.
More than 1000 local people took part in this digital project that provided community connection without bringing people physically together.
In Spilsby, Horncastle, Alford and Louth, the community's contributed artwork and projected onto buildings. Empty shop windows were also brought to life with displays and digital screens.
Prior to the Covid pandemic approximately 150 events were taking place each year in this entirely voluntarily run venue. Despite the poor condition of Spilsby's Sessions House, one small room in the building (seating capacity 35) was made useable in 2017 providing some use whilst the restoration project gained momentum. Since then the venue has hosted comedy, music gigs, theatre, dance events and more.
A small programme of regular events is now up and running again. For details list our Events page