City Arts awarded £6,200 by Jigsaw Foundation

Date published: 17 Jul 2023

Posted by: Joe Pick

Drum circle in church hall, photographed from above.

City Arts has been awarded £6,200 by the Jigsaw Foundation to support a new project called My Voice, My Place!. The Jigsaw Foundation is part of the Jigsaw Homes Group and support projects that make a difference to Jigsaw Homes residents and their communities. Jigsaw Homes Midlands is a leading housing association. Jigsaw residents voted for the project to go ahead.

Woman reads booklet whilst sat at an arts and crafts table
A Blue to Green celebration event for Jigsaw residents. Photo by Lamar Francois.

The My Voice, My Place! project will work with Jigsaw Homes residents in Carlton, Gedling. It will bring residents together to form a ‘residents panel’ who will celebrate their area and local identity. They will work to design and produce a new artwork (or creative project), building confidence, learning new skills and boosting their mental wellbeing as the project progresses.

Four women playing djembes in a drum circle
A Blue to Green celebration event for Jigsaw residents. Photo by Lamar Francois.

Suzannah Bedford, City Arts Director, said:

We are delighted to receive funding from the Jigsaw Foundation again, for this exciting new project. Resident’s voices will be central to the decisions made during this project. Working in a place-based way means that we can co-design a project with people where they live, exploring themes and celebrating places and spaces and that are important to them. We hope to create something that has a lasting legacy for the area.

City Arts previously worked with Jigsaw Homes as part of our Blue to Green project.