Drury Lane Library to get an arty new lease

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A PROJECT to transform Drury Lane Library in to high quality art studios has taken a step closer.

The Art House, which is next door to the century-old building, plans to refurbish the building and create 33 new spaces for different artists and groups.

Yesterday Arts Council England announced it will give the project £250,000 and could even award it up to £1.5m.

The Art House has secured part of the funding, but now needs to submit a more detailed plan before securing the rest of the cash.

The Art House chief executive Anne Cunningham said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding.

“The commitment from Arts Council England recognises the potential of this project to strengthen our facilities for artists, programming and financial sustainability.

“Their commitment is a vital part of our campaign for other funds.”

Arts Council England awards funds through the National Lottery and has chosen 26 projects from across the country through to its next round of funding.

The library is still open and is due to move to Burton Street in October as part of the new civic building Wakefield One.

It will accommodate various council services, including the museum, and around 1,200 staff.