Wakefield’s Art House gets £1.3m grant

w1834c019 Anne Cunningham - New cheif exec at The Art House Wakefield.
w1834c019 Anne Cunningham - New cheif exec at The Art House Wakefield.

A £1.3 million grant will help to The Art House grow into a vibrant city centre hub for artists.

The huge windfall, from Arts Council England, will allow the former Drury Lane Library to be transformed to provide an extra 34 accessible artist studios and public spaces.

The original Art House building opened in 2008 on Drury Lane, and helps artists to reach new audiences, work with big organisations and improve their skills.

And this new space will enable more disabled artists to work while attracting new artists and audiences to Wakefield.

Anne Cunningham, CEO of the Art House said: “Arts Council England is vital to the support The Art House provides for disabled and non-disabled artists, including the contribution we make to the visual arts in Wakefield.”

Arts Council England’s capital programme is funded by the National Lottery.

Cluny Macpherson, regional director at Arts Council England, said: “Our lottery investment in The Art House will help increase studio provision and other opportunities for visual artists, all in an exemplary and accessible working environment that meets everyone’s needs.

“It is a brilliant resource for Wakefield and Yorkshire. With leading facilities, it can host national and international artists, provide a flexible and supportive workspace for visual artists in the region and showcase the best of the visual arts.

“It is a real example of how lottery investment enriches the communities we live and work in.”