What is LOV?

LOV is a network of 9 arts venues across Lincolnshire who work together in lots of different ways to let people know just how much is going on in this vibrant county. We currently run a young people's programme enabling 12-25's to become audience members, participants and decision makers in their local arts venue.

LOV Network:

In 2005 arts venues from the across the county came together to offer a more coherent arts offering to the people of Lincolnshire, this was to make the venues stronger and more adaptable in the current economic climate. The network allows venues to create jointly commissioned work which then can go tour across Lincolnshire and beyond. The 9 venues continue to programme individually but constantly work together to ensure that the arts offer across Lincolnshire is exciting and relevant to our local communities.

In 2012 the network set up the LOV Young People's Programme to support young people in being a part of the cultural landscape in Lincolnshire and to create a culture shift amongst young people, schools and families in the way they access and perceive what we offer. The programme is designed to find the best way to work with young people and get them involved with their local arts venues, in order to make a genuine contribution to the venue and bring more young people into the venue. Through the work the programme does, we have put on some of the first un-ticked and free events for young people at some of our venues, brought brand new audiences into our venues, created opportunities such as shadowing and training in working in a theatre and commission work for young people by internationally acclaimed theatre companie and so much more.

We have achieved a lot and learnt a lot; not only about how we can work with young people but also how we can work together as a network and with external organisations...see our Opportunities pages to see our job opportunities, professional development and opportunities for young people. Have a look at our Take Control page to see what our young people have been creating and producing within our venues.

We are keen to share our learning and experiences from our young people's programme and from working as a consortium, for more insight into LOV go to our Resources page for the Young People's Programme report and evaluation and our LOV Film Toolkit. For more information about our 9 venues can be found in the drop down menu on the right of this page.

LOV Young People's Programme:

Whatever you're interested in, whether its visual arts, crafts, photography, theatre, film, music or learning new skills through workshops, we're here to help.

Since 2012 we have been working together with arts venues across Lincolnshire, to support young people aged 12-25 in our rural county to access the arts. We offer a range of projects and opportunities, designed to allow you to become audience members, artists, producers and programmers within our venues

With funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, BFI Film Audience Network and National Foundation for Youth Music, we run a varied programme with opportunities such as Producing, Programming, Commissioning, Skills Development and Workshops in many different art forms. We have a young decision making group in each of our venues, each group is unique and work towards arts projects they have chosen and are interested in.

Over the past few years our young people have programmed and produced a variety of successful events such as the LOV Film Festival, this ran across four of our venues and engaged with many new audience members. Each event had different themes like music, comedy, youth and included pre-show entertainment and activities. With funding from BFI, they programmed British Independent Films and the group 'Parallax Film Festival', invited film makers to submit their work. Our decision makers have also ran numerous brilliant music events such as 'Breakout Festival' with talented local artists They Pylons, Vigilantes, Nick Wilson and Lucinda Flynn. Youth Takeover in Spalding run regular Acoustic Nights in their venue which attracts a large audience and offers up and coming local acts a chance to perform. Our visual art groups have work towards creating art for exhibitions in the form of photography, fashion and zines.

We have also offered many opportunities to our young people such as our annual trip to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Across four days we see as many different shows in a huge variety of art forms and feedback our thoughts to the venues with the opportunity to programme some of them into the venue. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, it is an amazing chance to visit the exquisite city, take in the artistic culture and watch some of the best performances the arts have to offer. We also run trips to other arts festivals, exhibitions, run an annual summer art school, and offer bursaries for people developing projects with and for young people.

If you are interested in joining our young people's programme for 12-25's please get in touch by emailing lovmadmin@litc.org.uk or calling 01529 411199. You can also drop into one of our venues for more information.


LDH Outreach Day

LDH Outreach Day

  • The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    The Collection & Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln

    The Collection and Usher Gallery is Lincolnshireʼs premier contemporary Art gallery and Museum. The buildings sit side by side in the centre of the city close to Steep Hill and enjoy spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.

  • Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

    Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

    The Guildhall is the impressive focal point of Grantham’s town centre, and the building used to be the site of the Town Hall and jail (where the UK’s first female police officer worked!) Now it’s just a top notch arts centre with a rich programme of drama, dance, music and workshops. It’s also a favourite with local amateur groups.

  • Lincoln Drill Hall

    Lincoln Drill Hall

    With a host of innovative and varied events, the Drill Hall is one of Lincoln’s most exciting venues, with a full programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature events, drama and workshops.

  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

    Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

    The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art performance and conference venue at the University of Lincoln. Opened in January 2008, the 446 seat purpose built theatre hosts a wide variety of performing arts and events including drama, comedy, ballet, contemporary dance and classical music programme.

  • Riverhead Theatre

    Riverhead Theatre

    Riverhead Theatre is a modern local community owned venue. It is maintained and run by a dedicated team made up almost entirely of volunteers and sucessfully runs a varied arts programme and participation programme

  • The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford

    The National Centre for Craft and Design

    The National Centre for Craft and Design is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of national and international craft & design. We’ve five stunning gallery spaces open all year so there’s always something to see and entrance is free, a fantastic learning programme catering for all ages and skills, a superb on-site craft and art shop, and a great café.

  • Terry O'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham

    Terry O'Toole Theatre

    TOTT is a friendly and accessible professional theatre situated at the very heart of Lincolnshire’s North Kesteven district, serving both the local community and the greater Lincoln area. The theatre stages a mixed programme of high quality professional drama, dance, music and workshops, alongside a wide range of community performances and shows.

  • South Holland Centre, Spalding

    South Holland Centre, Spalding

    At the heart of Spalding in south Lincolnshire, the South Holland Centre is a thriving modern arts centre and cinema. It mixes a busy programme of professional touring theatre, dance , music and comedy with regular youth and community performances and activities. The Centre’s cinema programme takes in everything from the latest from Hollywood, to independent and foreign language releases. The two-tier auditorium has 340 seats and there is also room hire, a café bar with great views over Spalding Market Place, and a tourist information service on site.

  • Stamford Arts Centre

    Stamford Arts Centre

    Drawing on a rich heritage dating back to the 18th Century, Stamford Arts Centre provides you with the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide selection of art forms from theatre, music and film to sculpture, dance and drawing, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.