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Burnley's Towneley Hall wins funding for arts network
HISTORIC Towneley Hall is set to join an arts network which will bring international artists to the Burnley landmark.
The venue will cements its growing reputation as a cultural mecca after a £150,000 bid to the Arts Council's Strategic Touring Fund was successful.
Established as the backdrop to BBC2 cultural quiz Antique Masters, with Nelson-born Eric Knowles and host Sandi Toksvig, the hall also recently hosted filming for Antiques Roadshow, with Fiona Bruce, which is set to air on Sunday.
Towneley will team up with Durham's DLI Museum and city art gallery, Berwick Visual Arts and the Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne as part of a consortium designed to bring major players who can produce family-friendly interactive works to bear.
Coun John Harbour, the borough council's cultural services cabinet member, said: "We’re really pleased that the bid has been successful, and we can continue to bring new and interesting exhibitions to Towneley Hall.
"This funding will allow us to provide more interactive art for families visiting the hall, and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the consortium to deliver this exciting project."
One of the key parts of the initiative will be to involve local communities in challenging artworks and the Action for Children in Burnley Wood will be the borough's partner.
Those involved from the centre will help in choosing which of the artists on offer they wish to work with. The commissioning process beings early next year with the tour projected to start in late 2014.
Jane Tarr, northern director of Arts Council England, said: "This project offers creative ways to give family audiences across the north access to high quality work.
"We’re delighted to support the partnership of these four organisations with an award from our Strategic Touring Fund and we’re excited about the potential of their plans and programme of exhibitions to get more people involved in the arts."
The borough council also recently secured £80,000 over two years from a Whitehall project designed to foster more inclusivity in the arts.
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