Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham to benefit from funding award

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The Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham will benefit from a slice of a £600,000 award by Arts Council England.

South Kesteven District Council Cultural Services, which runs the Guildhall Arts Centre and the Stamford Arts Centre announced the award. Collectively, the award of £207,194 per year between April 2015 and March 2018, will be used to support the development of high quality arts programmes in each venue.

The application to the National Portfolio Organisation Programme (NPO) was made by the core Lincolnshire One Venue (LOV) consortium on behalf of the centres and three other key performing arts centres in the county - the South Holland Centre in Spalding, Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre and Lincoln Drill Hall.

The funding will help develop new work and enhance the delivery of a Lincolnshire wide Young People’s Programme.

Some of the funding will also be used with other partners who were successful in their applications, The Collection/Usher Gallery in Lincoln, and North Kesteven District Council who run two venues.

Over the past three years of NPO funding the group has successfully brought new funding into the county’s venues to support young people as artists, audiences and arts programmers, and created 13 new paid internships and apprenticeships.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for Leisure, Arts and Culture Coun Bob Adams said: “The confirmation of support from Arts Council England is fantastic news. Securing this key funding will ensure that we continue to develop our high quality and varied programme of arts performances here in South Kesteven as well as in Lincoln, Louth, and Spalding, working with our consortium partner venues across Lincolnshire.

“It is a real show of confidence in the unique role that multi-purpose arts centres play in communities across the country and the quality of the arts programme we produce and present.”