Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange is one of just five organisations in the south west to receive money from the Arts Council small scale Capital funding programme

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange is one of just five organisations in the south west to receive money from the Arts Council small scale Capital funding programme
Newlyn Art Gallery

By: kathy Hill
Added: 04 March 2015

The award of £107,638 will support improvements to the gallery including new internal doors that will allow improved climate control and make the space more flexible; environmental monitoring and security that will give the ability to show work by high profile, internationally significant artists from major public and private collections; installation of low energy lighting; and repair and insulation of the roof of The Exchange.

James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, said: “We’ve had a great year at the gallery, with visitor numbers up by 11% and we are delighted to have secured this funding. This award will allow us to carry out repairs and improvements to the buildings that we couldn’t have done otherwise. The new doors mean that we will be able to show an even greater range of work, increasing the scope of our exhibition programming.”

As well as Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, the awards will support Exeter Phoenix in Devon; New Brewery Arts in Gloucestershire; Salisbury Playhouse in Wiltshire; and Watershed Arts Trust in Bristol. The grants will be used innovatively to increase the environmental performance of the organisation's buildings and equipment so as to support reduction in carbon emission and secure a higher quality of work for audiences.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We're delighted to be supporting these organisations through our small scale Capital programme. The grants will have a real impact on the future resilience of the organisations, consolidating and improving their existing spaces and resources, making them more innovative businesses and ensuring higher quality and more adventurous art and culture for audiences.”  

Arts Council England
Since 1994 Arts Council England has supported Capital developments with £1.5 billion of Lottery funding. This investment has supported an unprecedented number of building projects, both as refurbishments and extensions to existing arts buildings, and entirely new buildings in places where access and engagement in the arts was limited. This investment has changed the arts infrastructure of England and resulted in improved experiences for both artists and the public.

Over the period 2015-18, Arts Council England’s Capital investment will prioritise the consolidation and improvement of the existing arts infrastructure, rather than investing in significant expansion or new buildings. It will support organisations to develop the most suitable spaces and resources to deliver their work and become more sustainable businesses.

For more information see http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/organisations-south-west-awarded-125-million-arts-/#sthash.vWehKZSr.dpuf