More quality acts on way

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Theatregoers in South Holland can expect to see more high quality productions on stage in Spalding – thanks to an annual £207,194 grant.

South Holland District Council, who own and run the South Holland Centre, has secured the Arts Council England funding for the next three years.

The application to the National Portfolio Organisation Programme (NPO) was made by the core Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) consortium on behalf of five key performing arts centres in the county – the South Holland Centre in Spalding, Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre, Stamford Arts Centre, Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham, and Lincoln Drill Halln.

The award of £207,194 per year between April 2015 and March 2018 will be used to support the development of high quality arts programmes in all five venues venue, such as National Theatre Live productions, provide commissioning funds to develop new work, and enhance the delivery of a countywide Young People’s Programme.

Over the past three years of NPO funding (2012 – 2015) this group has successfully brought new funding into the county’s venues to support young people as artists, audiences and arts programmers, as well as created 13 new paid internships and apprenticeships. One of them is Thomas Bellamy (17), who is a box office marketing apprentice at the South Holland Centre.

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of SHDC, said: “I am particularly pleased that the partnership approach taken in Lincolnshire, which has resulted in so many beneficial new activities, has been recognised and rewarded”.

Sally Harrison, manager of the South Holland Centre 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 events and activities. It is a real show of confidence in the role multi-purpose arts centres play.”