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Lincoln Drill Hall and Collection museum art funding renewed

Arts Council England reaffirmed both The Collection Museum and Lincoln Drill Hall will receive a further three years of support for their arts programmes.

The Collection will receive £214,233 yearly over the next three years to fund a varied series of exhibitions and events.

Meanwhile, Lincoln Arts Trust, the charity behind Lincoln Drill Hall, was awarded £207,194.00 yearly.

The funding will help develop high quality arts programmes, provide funds to commission more work, and enhance the delivery of a Lincolnshire wide Young People’s Programme.

Chris Kirkwood, Lincoln Drill Hall CEO, added: “The confirmation of support from Arts Council England is fantastic news.

“Securing this key funding will ensure that we continue to develop our superb and varied programme of arts performances here in Lincoln as well as in Louth, Spalding, Grantham and Stamford, working with our consortium partner venues in those towns.

“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 arts products we produce and present.”

The Collection. Photo: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite
The Collection. Photo: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “This is great news for art lovers everywhere, and should ensure that The Collection continues to be the most popular museum in the county.

“Over the last few years, we’ve created a popular and critically-acclaimed contemporary arts programme, with the support of Arts Council England.

“Visitor numbers have almost doubled, and we’ve also won a Contemporary Arts Society Award for an innovative 3D-scanning project, which will go on show from July 25.”

In the last three years, The Collection exhibitions have varied from residencies from international artists, exhibitions featuring works by Picasso, Dali and Matisse, to support for local artists through competitions such as OPEM.