BLACKPOOL’S cultural scene has received another boost after the town’s Grundy Art Gallery secured £135,000 of funding over three years.
The cash from the Arts Council is a timely birthday present for the venue on Queen Street which celebrates its centenary this year.
It follows on from the town’s Grand Theatre which has received a £120,000 cash boost from the Arts Council.
The Grundy Art Gallery is among 85 theatres, galleries and arts organisations in the North West receiving just under £77m in funding over three years from April 2012.
It has been awarded in recognition of its contribution to Arts Council England’s ‘Achieving Great Art For Everyone’ 10-year strategy for the arts.
The funding, which will be £45,000 a year, will be spent on exhibitions and outreach work with schools and the wider community.
Polly Hamilton, assistant director of culture at Blackpool Council, said: “This is a real testament to the hard work by the Grundy staff.
“They have worked tirelessly over the last few years to inspire people with great exhibitions, and to find imaginative new ways to engage young people through the education programme.
“They are strong advocates of local artists, as well as building an excellent reputation, helping to put Blackpool on the contemporary arts map. ”
Grundy Art Gallery curator Stuart Tulloch said: “I am thrilled Grundy has become part of Art Council England’s National portfolio of funded organisations, and excited about the work this will enable us to bring to the Fylde Coast.”
He added: “What the Grundy has done is raise the quality of exhibitions and experiences as well as working in new ways with local communities, artists and creative groups.”
The council was also involved in the bid for the Grand Theatre which is to become a regional centre of excellence for contemporary dance.