Chesterfield Champions

Junction Arts

Junction Arts is one of Chesterfields leading arts charities. They are committed to working with communities to co-create transformational art experiences that empower people, improves wellbeing and inspires change.

Junction Arts give communities facing social issues such as loneliness, poor health and low aspirations the chance to make a better future for themselves using the arts. Working with North East Derbyshire, Bolsover District and Chesterfield communities for the last 45 years, their festivals, workshops and events offer people the chance to be creative, learn new skills and build stronger communities.

Best known locally for being the force behind the annual Tapton Lock Festival, a free family friendly event that brings the community together to celebrate the great outdoors along the banks of the Chesterfield Canal. Each year new friendships are made and old ones rekindled as people come together to remember all that is good about their community and the people within it.

Junction Arts Tapton Lock Festival Coordinator says, “Now, more than ever the arts have a crucial role to play in helping people’s health and wellbeing. Taking part in the arts activities with others is an opportunity to be social, escape reality, be creative, learn new skills, make new friends and feel part of a community.”

Paul Steele, Managing Director of Junction Arts, says: “We are passionate about the impact that participation in the arts can have on individuals and communities and passionate about Chesterfield. Having worked in and around Chesterfield for over 40 years we know how creative the community is and we’re incredibly optimistic about the future for Chesterfield. We’re excited to play a part in the development and growth of the creative ecology of the town and showcase the artistry of the people and places that makes Chesterfield so special.”

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