Arts Council England has awarded two further grants to Weston’s exciting museum project. The first award of £15,000 will commission a series of high-impact installations for the revamped courtyard from well-known artist Mary Flower.
A series of collaborative workshops will also be set up enabling local schools and community groups to help Mary create an eye-catching wood print mural for display on the building’s atrium wall.
Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, Chairman of the Museum Working Party which is overseeing the £1.2 million pound rejuvenation project said ‘These installations will be icing on the cake; they will have an immediate impact on all who enter the courtyard. Involving the local community and students is part of the Town Council’s commendable outreach agenda’.
The image below shows a draft of where the mural will be placed alongside the new bridges within the courtyard space.
A Resilience Fund grant of approximately £52,000 has also been awarded by Arts Council England to appoint café, retail and audience development consultants who will advise the working party how to establish a unique visitor destination within an economically sustainable business so that council subsidy will be kept as low as possible.
Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk said ‘It’s fantastic to have this support from Arts Council England to enable community involvement and to further our aim of long-term sustainability’.
Despite closure of the building museum work is continuing at numerous events throughout Weston and nearby villages. Many people have come forward to join the volunteers group. Further details from Lisa Clemons 01934 621028 firstname.lastname@example.org or Zoe Clements 01934 632567 email@example.com