NE Lincolnshire Council News

17 Dec 2020

Your chance to get involved with creative work in Grimsby next year

Your chance to get involved with creative work in Grimsby next year: A5 Grimsby Creates Final Logo

How would you like to be a part of delivering a brand new creative programme in Grimsby for 2021 and beyond?

Jason Bradbury, former presenter of Channel 5’s Gadget Show, will be joining the Grimsby Creates team to spark a creative conversation about the creative programme early next year at a special online launch.

Grimsby Creates has funding available to fund up to four major strands of creative activity which will take place in Grimsby over the next two years.  The four funded projects could include one off events, or a series of activities, artists’ residences or public art.  The vital aim is that work is of a scale and ambition which hasn’t been seen in Grimsby before.

From the proposals, it is expected that a creative programme of a series of activities and events will happen throughout town centre spaces, within heritage buildings and found spaces throughout Grimsby’s ‘Heritage Action Zone’.  The aim of this programme will be to celebrate shared pride in local origin, heritage, food and future in new, exciting and innovative ways. 

The four key themes for the creative programme are:

  • Origins: local legends, myths inspired by Grimsby’s unique heritage and place, based on telling the story of one of the legends of Grimsby’s origin the story of ‘Grim and Havelock’.  
  • Food: Grimsby is nationally and internationally renowned for its food and specifically food linked to the Sea. This presents an exciting platform to increase focus on Grimsby as a town that is still a key area for the food industry.
  • Heritage: Our heritage as a fishing port, including all the associated heritage assets in the dock area have a significant place in Grimsby’s story of life and place.
  • Future: Grimsby has huge significance with the renewable energy sector through its relationship with major international organisations.

The total budget for the creative programme of the project will be more than £400,000, with activities to be delivered between 2021 and 2023.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for culture, said: “We’ve lots of exciting plans and ideas already in the pipeline, but we need creative people from across the borough, and beyond, to help us and get involved. Through the Cultural Development Fund we want to encourage organisations to come forward collaboratively to bring ambitious, fun and engaging activities to Grimsby town centre in 2021 and beyond. 

“2020 has been a very challenging year, especially for the creative sector, where activities and events have been postponed.  This time has allowed creative organisations to innovate and engage with audiences in different ways.   We are looking for ideas that capitalise on this innovation, blending events with digital content, encouraging participation at home in the build up to events, during and afterwards.”

If you’re interested in getting involved, the online launch with Jason Bradbury will be at 4pm on 14 January 2021. To register through Eventbrite, please visit  

“Grimsby Creates” has been launched to provide an umbrella brand for the cultural activity in Grimsby over the next three years, being funded through the Cultural Development Fund money.

The programme, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), is providing a unique opportunity to transform Grimsby into a vibrant town centre where heritage and creativity are enjoyed. 

For further details about the Grimsby Creates Programme please email


Contact Information

Liz Marsden
Communications Advisor
North East Lincolnshire Council
01472 325965
07834 691949

Notes to editors

Jason Bradbury biography

With an infectious passion for technology, science and the arts Jason brings a natural confidence to his work as a tech influencer and public speaker. Best known for Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, he has been at the centre of the social media influencer movement since the early days of Twitter and now with Instagram.

Jason is also a very accomplished keynote speaker and has spoken for brands including Vodafone, Samsung, Intel and hundreds more. His 'Thousand Year Decade' and ‘Lockdown Decade’ speeches, predict the dramatic changes to come over the next ten years in A.I, Blockchain, Energy and Health. Jason has been part of the team behind Grimsby Creates and as a Lincolnshire local he understands the wealth of talent the county can draw from.

Picture: Jason Bradbury