Funding boost for the arts

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A £2.4million funding boost has been given to Northumberland to establish a new community arts programme.

The grant was awarded by Arts Council England to a consortium of community organisations aiming to establish a three-year arts initiative in the south east of the county, including Lynemouth.

The group is led by the Woodhorn Trust and includes Northumberland County Council, Queens Hall Arts, NHS North of Tyne, Northumberland College and Connect 4 Change, while playwright Lee Hall has championed the bid.

Just seven projects nationwide were selected for funding in a competitive bidding process.

The Northumberland work will begin with a six-month development phase to find out what Great Art means to local people, before a programme of arts activity is organised.

Arts Council England Regional Director Alison Clark-Jenkins said: “I am thrilled that south east Northumberland is one of seven areas in England to receive Creative People and Places funding.

“This is a game changer for the area, enabling the programme’s partners to work with national and international artists to deliver fresh and engaging projects to a localised area where it will make a huge difference.”

Funding has also been committed by the county council and NHS North of Tyne.

Work will begin on the project next month.