Arts Centres host splash-hit online

SKDC's online arts programme scored a splashing success with a webcast adventure about the wonders of water.

Dripping with fun, the Bone Ensemble's Gulp! was streamed on the Stamford & Guildhall Arts Centres Youtube channel

They are using the internet because live entertainment is subject to Coronavirus restrictions around social-distancing, leaving schools unable to engage in external visits and events.

Gulp! online had 82 at-home views and was also enjoyed by 90 students from Bourne Westfield Primary School. Afterwards they took part in a Zoom Q&A, where Adam Ledger and Jill Dowse from Bone Ensemble were on screen to answer the children's wide ranging questions.

Rebecca Beavis, the Arts Director at Bourne Westfield, said: "This was a great opportunity to make a live link between the cast, the show and the students."

SKDC Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, said: "It is important that schools are able to maintain a connection with arts events across all disciplines.

"Being able to engage directly with the cast will have added extra impact to this show, allowing even greater connection to the important messages of the production."  

SKDC's cultural services creative team would like to hear from more schools about how they can help support delivery of their curriculum content in creative and imaginative ways. They can contact Arts Projects Officer Jo Dobbs at

Plans are already in place to develop a cultural services educational offer in association with the University of Lincoln and the Lincolnshire One Venues project team in 2021.

Notes to editors:

Gulp! was developed in association with the University of Birmingham and Severn Trent Water and included extensive educational resources and support material. Curriculum links to the environment and climate change were part of the story about learning to care about the world, its people and its natural resources.

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