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community ARTCART - Ellesmere Port

Funded on Spacehive 17 November 2023

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community ARTCART - Ellesmere Port

community ARTCART - Ellesmere Port

Caroline Brader By Caroline Brader

A bespoke tricycle, converted into a quirky, ART CART that enables us to 'pop up' all over Ellesmere Port with portable arts workshop for children and families and reduce our carbon emissions

Whitby Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 Nov 2023!

Theatre Porto take inspiring arts activities everywhere - reaching children & families in their own schools, parks & communities. We invite them to continue their relationship with us at the popular 'Family Hang out' at our fabulous new theatre in Whitby Park. With your support we will - commission Chester based 'Urban tricycles' to design and build an eye-catching, versatile and portable ART CART. A pedal-powered unit that carries art materials and converts into a 'making space' allowing us to create even more 'pop up' experiences to wow, delight & inspire creativity across Ellesmere Port. We will take it to events, schools and parks all year round. - We will also use the investment to secure another 6 months of the FREE Family Hang out project, piloted this summer to meet the needs of many families struggling through the cost of living crisis. - The initiative will support us to reduce our carbon footprint - replacing local car journeys with bike travel around the new cycle lanes

What we'll deliver:

  • puchase a bespoke art-cart
  • take it to a minimum of 20 events/venues each year
  • deliver arts activities to an estimated 1000 children and families
  • deliver 20 weeks of creative 'Family Hang Out' sessions at Theatre Porto

Why it's a great idea:

There will be Benefits to the environment Benefits to children and families Benefits to the town Who will it benefit, and how? It will benefit all children and families but particularly those who for socio-economic reasons need FREE creative & cultural opportunities . Why does your area need this? Theatre Porto is an amazing new asset for the town - it increases civic pride & makes theatre accessible for many facing disadvantage. This new ARTCART will ensure more people are introduced to those opportunities who don't yet know we exist & don't yet walk through our doors. It will animate parks, schools & community spaces - bringing a wow factor to many events & workshops It will also support us to ensure we meet our ambition of reducing our Carbon Footprint & contribute to positive action for climate change. Family Hangout was created in direct response to consultation with families about the impact of the cost of living crisis and will continue to be a free weekend "lifesaver"

Steps to get it done:

  • Jan -planning meeting with Theatre Porto and Urban Tricyles
  • Feb - Tricycle (artcart) design and build
  • March - launch the new initiative on Socials
  • April - begin visiting schools, parks and community events
  • Jan - July - deliver 'Family hangout' each saturday morning


Location Whitby

About the space

Custom Location


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,282

Bespoke ARTCART - £2,750 (64%)
50% contribution to cost of venue hire for family hang out - £750 (18%)
50% contribution to artists time delivering family hangout - £600 (14%)
Other - £182 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

50% contribution to cost of venue hire for family hang out
50% contribution to artists time delivering family hangout
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • additional features for the tricycle such as counter top, parasol, branding etc

Total £4,282

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