Lincoln protest march ‘to save’ Usher Gallery

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A campaign group is inviting Lincoln residents to march against plans to turn large parts of the Usher Gallery into a wedding venue.

Protesters will meet in the Cornhill Quarter at 12pm on Saturday, April 13 before walking up to the Usher Gallery for a picnic.

When the group arrives in the grounds of the gallery, they will have music, games, face painting and other art-based activities.

People attending are being invited to dress up as an artists or a work of art. The march is being organised by the Save Lincolnshire’s Usher Gallery (SLUG) campaign.

A spokesperson for SLUG said: “This may be our only chance to show the county council, in a public manner, just how important the Usher Gallery is to the people of Lincolnshire.

“We want this to be an incredible celebration of creativity and art, bringing together families, artists, creatives and people of all ages and backgrounds.”

As previously reported, Lincolnshire County Council revealed their plans to turn large parts of the Usher Gallery into a wedding venue.

The plans would see most of the gallery’s artwork moved into a dedicated space in The Collection.

However, the City of Lincoln Council has come out against the plans and said that the Usher Gallery “must not be touched.”

A petition has been signed by 3,347 people calling for art to be kept “freely accessible in the Usher Gallery.”

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