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Kirkley Creates

Led by artist collaborative The Third Person, a residency at Kirkley Pantry and the Kirkley Centre to connect local residents with the First Light Festival and create a high profile piece of work to be celebrated at the event.


We welcomed Kirkley residents to grow, eat and share through a series of inspiring, social and creative weekly get-togethers centred around Kirkley. 

From foraging and cooking, to drawing and dance, we creatively explored the area with residents, friends and neighbours.

Activities were led by artists, Carrie Phoenix and Kasia Posen, alongside guests including forager, Jon Tyler and dance theatre company Casson & Friends. 

‘It has given me a great start in growing my own things, meeting lovely people and learning a lot about our natural world’

#TinyDance Kirkley

What inspired this project?

Inspired through new partnerships working with First Light Festival, Community Action Suffolk and Kirkley Pantry, Kirkley Creates worked with local people to develop new connections and a sense of pride in their area. Sessions focused on wellbeing, developing new skills and confidence and increasing community ownership of First Light Festival.


Number of participants: 30

Number of partner staff and volunteers: 6

Number of artists: 6

Number of sessions: 17

First Light Longest Days of Summer audience: 4500

Project report downloads

Project contact

Kasia Don-Daniel, Project Development Officer (she/her)

Suffolk Artlink
Units 13 & 14
Malt Store Annex
The Cut, 8 New Cut
IP19 8BY

Telephone: 07704 068 327


Project partners, funders and supporters

Kirkley Creates was delivered in partnership with First Light Festival, the Kirkley Centre and Kirkley Pantry. It was made possible thanks to generous funding and support from Take Note and ft’work.