Where it Happens
38 partners in over 25 countries, mostly within Europe but also in Japan and Columbia.
June 2018 - 2022 (We joined in 2019)
What is RURITAGE?
RURITAGE is a four-year EU-funded project that aims to strengthen the role that culture and heritage plays in the survival and success of rural communities.
With a €10m budget funded through the Horizon 2020 programme, RURITAGE intends to make a significant impact on rural regeneration initiatives and includes UNESCO among its 38 partners from 25 countries.
Led and supported by a consortium of academic and research institutions (including University of Bologna; UNESCO; and University of Plymouth), organisations are working on a range of different cultural and rural collaborations, under six headings, that are delivered through a RURITAGE HUB:
Where does Take Art fit in?
In January 2019 we were invited to become one of 38 partners in the project, profiling the impact and success of our touring scheme.
The project offers us all sorts of intriguing possibilities, including the opportunity to learn from, and share our experiences with, many other European projects and partners. We also co-ordinate the local Ruritage Hub.
What is the Local Ruritage Hub?
In the UK, the Ruritage Hub is a creative partnership between the local food and arts sectors for the benefit of people, communities and the natural environment in, and around, Crewkerne, South Petherton, Ilminster and Chard.
The Hub aims to:
- exchange knowledge, learning and experience between the local food and arts sectors for mutual benefit and development;
- bring people together through the sharing and enjoyment of local food and high-quality arts;
- offer opportunities for people to learn about, and participate in, activities that lead to better health, wellbeing and environmental outcomes.
What's happened so far?
A small steering group has guided the Hub’s development, facilitated by Take Art. This includes co-developing a draft strategy framework, structure and activity programme.
The Hub was launched in November 2019 at Speke Hall in Dowlish Wake. We then planned to grow the Hub and pilot a range of activity throughout 2020, all focusing on developing better and stronger connections between the local food and arts sectors and exploring ways in which the arts can help tell the local food story.
Just before we went into lockdown, we started a Commissioning Project, which brings together three pairs of artists and people working in different processes in the food sector to produce three short ‘pilot’ pieces of work. We plan to showcase these (either digitally and/or ‘live’) later this year.
After the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to press the pause button on all other activity.
We took time over late summer to consider what the hub could effectively do over the next few months. And we’ve now come up with some exciting ideas and plans.
The hub is now known as CULTIVATE and you can find out more about it here.
Ruritage Photo Contest
Earlier in the summer, Ruritage launched a Photo Contest which gives people in Somerset the opportunity to show the world what makes our rural area special! The deadline has been extended to 30 November. Our colleagues have already received several entries from people in Somerset, but we’d love to see some more!
Ruritage Professional Master's Programme
RURITAGE is running a professional Master's Course next year on ‘Heritage-led sustainable strategies for rural regeneration’. It is open to all interested in further learning about how to regenerate rural areas through heritage.
For more information and application details please click here. The deadline is 30 November 2020.