Protesters march to ‘save’ Usher Gallery

A group of protesters marched today (Saturday) to call for the Usher Gallery to be “left alone.”

The march started in the Cornhill Quarter at 12pm before the group made their way up to the Usher Gallery grounds for a picnic.

People dressed up in their favourite artists and works of art for the protest.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It was organised by the Save Lincolnshire’s Usher Gallery (SLUG) Campaign, which said it could be the last chance to show the county council the importance of the building.

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.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A petition has been signed by 3,629 people calling for art to be kept “freely accessible in the Usher Gallery.”