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Jack Drum Arts

Project Type:
Mobile Renewable Energy Powered Arts, Cinema & Theatre Facility


Jack On Wheels Concept


Fountain Design Ltd has recently been approached by Jack Drum Arts, a local community arts group, with the request to draft ideas for a mobile renewable energy powered arts facility.

These ideas will be presented as part of an application for local council capital funding. The local public will be able to vote for their preferred projects determining which projects will be able to go ahead by  being awarded the funding.

The Jack Drum Arts project application is based around a mobile arts, cinema and theatre facility and has a funding request detailed below:

  • Grant requested 73,414
  • Other funding confirmed 8,592
  • Total project 82,006

Project submission description

The following text is taken from the completed funding application received by the 3 Towns AAP from Jack Drum Arts:

"Jack on Wheels will be a mobile arts facility comprising solar powered caravan with photovoltaic panels, wind turbine and pedal-power plus a 17 seater minibus with tow bar, designed to provide a range of performance, exhibition, film / cinema and participatory art activities alongside a programme of renewable energy workshops."

"A solar generator will create renewable energy and power the facility day and night for use as a cinema, performance and workshop space. Provision will be for all ages and abilities including local children, young people, families and adult groups. In addition to the interior caravan facilities a temporary performance area will be possible under traditional caravan awning, providing space for music, theatre, youth circus, dance and other events / activities. The minibus will also be used to transport beneficiaries who live in the 1.5 miles area to various linked activities, events and workshops etc further afield."

"The facilities will be offered to local schools and community groups in the 1.5 mile area either free or at a highly subsidised rate. Any activity outside the 1.5 mile area will be offered at commercial rates in order to maximise the benefits to the residents of the 1.5 mile area by generating income for the upkeep of the facility, staff etc. This capital project will provide an exciting range of micro facilities, extending the work that Jack Drum Arts already provides in partnership with Durham County’s Adults and Community Education and Youth Service, Durham Music Education Hub, Kids for Kids UK, and the NHS. The project will involve local people, young and old, in the programming and implementation of activities alongside paid workers. This participatory approach will ensure the project has high enjoyment, success and achievement factors and promotes economic wellbeing through the development of leadership skills and training.

Jack On Wheels Panorama

Durham County Council, in partnership with 3 Towns Partnership, have 500,000 of capital funding for projects in the Crook area. The Jack Drum Arts project is one of twelve projects that have applied for funding.

Please help to support us and Jack Drum Arts by coming along to vote at  Crook Primary School on Saturday 23 February between 10.30am - 2.30pm. Thank you.

Read more and watch a short application video here.

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