Arts Council to give theatres more than £200,00 per year

Photo: MSMP160812-016ow'Stamford Arts Centre. File picture.

Photo: MSMP160812-016ow'Stamford Arts Centre. File picture.

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Two council-run theatres have secured more than £200,000 funding for the next three years.

Arts Council England has revealed the amount it will give to Stamford Arts Centre and the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham per year until 2018.

Collectively the theatres, which are run by South Kesteven District Council Cultural Services, will receive £207,194 each year.

The council’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Coun Bob Adams (Con) said: “The confirmation of support from Arts Council England is fantastic news.

“Securing this key funding will ensure that we continue to develop our high quality and varied programme of arts performances here in South Kesteven as well as in Lincoln, Louth, and Spalding, working with our consortium partner venues across Lincolnshire.

“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 the arts programme we produce and present.”

The application to the National Portfolio Organisation Programme was made by the core Lincolnshire One Venue consortium on behalf of the two South Kesteven centres and three other key performing arts centres in the county - the South Holland Centre in Spalding, Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre and Lincoln Drill Hall.

It will provide commissioning funds to develop new work.