£200k to get kids into performing arts

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SPALDING youngsters will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the South Holland Centre thanks to an award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) consortium, which includes the Spalding centre, has announced that an application to the Foundation, for just under £200,000, has been successful.

Now LOV is embarking on a three-year project that will provide young people with opportunities to become more deeply involved with the venues and with the artists who use, work and perform in them.

The project will help youngsters to develop as aspiring artists, programmers, promoters, consumers, critics and creative entrepreneurs.

Régis Cochefert, Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Head of Arts, said:

“We are pleased to be supporting a project that sees so many organisations coming together from across a range of rural settings.

“It will be exciting to see how the dynamics of artistic programming change in the venues through the deeper involvement of young people.”