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£30,000 funding secured for project at museum
LYME Regis ArtsFest has secured £30,000 funding for a major new project with the town museum.
ArtsFest has received the grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England for Re:collection, an initiative launched last month in which artists take inspiration from artefacts in the museum to create original, new works.
Sixteen Re:collection projects involving more than 20 artists will now be supported.
ArtsFest organisers Karol Kulik, Christine Allison, Wendy Davies and Peter Wiles are delighted with the news.
They said: “To achieve significant public funding in today’s climate is a huge vote of confidence in the quality of our artists and their proposals as well as in ArtsFest’s ability to deliver results.
“We’d like to thank the museum staff and volunteers who’ve shared our enthusiasm for Re:collection from the start, but ultimate credit goes to the artists whose projects were so well conceived.” Museum director David Tucker said: “It is fantastic to see the museum's collections being interpreted in new ways and providing inspiration to Lyme’s current artists.
“The success will no doubt invigorate further the town’s already vibrant arts community and the museum looks forward to playing its part in this new activity.”
The majority of artworks will be unveiled next year, but there will be some sneak previews of the work in progress, with five artists curating their own exhibitions in the museum’s Rotunda Gallery over the next 10 months.
First up will be Annie Ward, whose sculptural 3D objects and paintings emanate from her research in local and family history. Her exhibition, ‘Looking at the Overlooked’, will run from Saturday, December 1 until Sunday, January 27.
Photographer Maisie Hill and art teacher Lynda White will follow in February/March and April/May with exhibitions that provide a showcase for photography in miniature and beach-combed treasures.
Next summer, illustrator Keith Robinson will offer a taster for his children’s book, and Sarah Thomas creates an underwater world with her art installation.
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