£3.5m Levelling Up fund for F.E. McWilliam Gallery

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Pictured at the official announcement of the £3.5 million Levelling Up fund for F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio (L-R) Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Greenfield, Heather Beck, Manager, Chair of the Economic and Regeneration Committee ABC Council, Alderman Ian Burns, and Riann Coulter, Curator and Manager.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council announce successful £3.5m bid to extend and enhance the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio.

One of ten successful Northern Ireland projects from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Welcoming the announcement, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Councillor Paul Greenfield said,

“I’m delighted to welcome today’s announcement from the UK Government to support the expansion and upgrade of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio.

“The £3.5m funding is a significant investment for Banbridge and our borough, which will positively enhance the gallery as an internationally renowned cultural space.

“Situated along with A1 corridor, the gallery and studio is a major gateway to drive and boost tourism across our borough.”

Commenting on the investment, Chair of the Economic and Regeneration Committee, Alderman Ian Burns said,

“This significant investment will transform our tourism facility, by expanding the exhibition space it will increase visitor capacity and create more engaging opportunities to host events and educational programmes.

“As a council we will continue to deliver on our commitment to improve and enhance our tourism facilities to attract international visitors and develop our borough as a key destination.”

The project is supported by an additional £397,000 investment from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio opened in 2008 attracting over 500,000 visitors in its first decade.

The UK government has announced that more than 100 projects will be awarded a share of £2.1 billion from the second round of its Levelling Up Fund.