Grimsby to get millions to spend on cultural events and new creative businesses
An artist at the Cleethorpes Urban Arts Festival. Grimsby has received a share of £20m to invest in art and new creative businesses (Image: Rick Byrne)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Jan 2019
Grimsby is to get more than £3m in culture funding for events and public art celebrating it’s heritage.
The money comes from the Cultural Development Fund which the government said will help “drive local economic growth through investment in culture, heritage and the creative industries”.
The announcement was made by Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright.
North East Lincolnshire Council will take the lead on the investment, creating what Mr Wright said would be “a major programme of events and showcases of public art that pay tribute to the town’s rich heritage”.
It is understood money will be used to regenerate historic areas of the town to provide workspaces for “creative businesses”. The council hope to support more than 30 new businesses as part of the project.
It is part of a £20 million Cultural Development Fund launched by Mr Wright “to use investment in heritage, culture and creativity as a catalyst for regeneration".
Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said the grant for Grimsby would help drive the local economy (Image: Getty Images)
Grimsby was among five areas to successfully secure funding along with Plymouth, the Kent Thames Estuary, Wakefield and Worcester.
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Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “Creativity, arts and heritage make our towns and cities unique and our communities better places to live.
“The Cultural Development Fund will support tailored local plans that use culture to create jobs, boost tourism and ultimately regenerate communities.
“This funding provides an incredible opportunity for Grimsby to harness the power of its heritage and history to create a programme of events and new art for local people and help build a successful future for its creative businesses.”
Councillor Gaynor Rogers, portfolio holder for Tourism, Heritage and Culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded this money. We’re on the cusp of a very exciting time for our area, with the pioneering Great Grimsby Town Deal looking to regenerate our area.
“Combined with this funding, the potential of our heritage and culture can finally be realised.
“This funding will help us attract more people to our area, increasing audience and community involvement in cultural activities, creating new major international events, new art and more creative spaces for people to enjoy.”
The government said the fund was part of its Industrial Strategy which has seen more than £150 million jointly invested by Government and industry through the Creative Industries Sector Deal to help cultural and creative businesses across Britain thrive and consolidate the country’s position as a global creative and cultural powerhouse.