UK Art Fund supports ABC culture, art and heritage programme

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THREE culture, art and heritage facilities within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have been revealed as partners for the development phase of Art Fund’s new collaborative touring programme, ‘Going Places’. A new UK-wide programme that will engage underrepresented audiences with museum collections.

F.E McWilliam Gallery and Studio, The Market Place Theatre and Armagh County Museum will work together with local communities in creative engagement programmes which will reinterpret museum collections to tell new stories. If the Art Fund is successful with a subsequent delivery phase application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and with further fundraising, the programme will be developed to deliver for audiences across the country from 2025-2030.

Jill McEneaney, Arts Culture and Heritage Manager at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council said:

“We are delighted to be selected as one of the projects working to engage new audiences with museum collections through creative engagement. The project will deliver a series of outreach programmes connecting with those who are underrepresented within the sector, giving them an opportunity to share their story.”

Announced today, 23 arts and heritage organisations have been selected to take part in the development phase of Art Fund’s ‘Going Places’.

Stuart McLeod, Director of England – London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“It’s fantastic to hear that the first heritage organisations have been chosen for Going Places. This project will touch all corners of the UK and will allow these museums to come together to develop their skills and resources to plan towards their future, particularly through touring exhibitions. These museums are integral to telling the stories of the places we call home and give communities a chance to engage with the heritage that is on our doorsteps. We are looking forward to working with Art Fund as we support their application for a full grant at a later date.”

The development of Going Places is made possible with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and additional support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.