Arts projects secure funding

More than £106,000 has been awarded to ten projects across the UK to support artists in regeneration in the first round of a national funding scheme.

The PROJECT initiative, launched in June and funded by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Arts and Business, awards grants to artists working with the public and private sectors on built environment projects.

The ten schemes, selected from more than 40 submissions, include plans to regenerate key roads into the city of Belfast, a housing scheme in Lancashire and regeneration projects in Preston, Reading and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

An award to quarrying company RMC will enable artist and architect Charles Jencks to work on sculptures to transform large-scale tips and excavations.

All ten projects will be developed over the next year.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: "The amazing response that we have had to the award scheme illustrates the growing interest in artists' involvement in regeneration."

Maggie Bolt, director of Public Art South West, which manages the initiative, said that the choice of schemes was based on those that "genuinely needed to involve an artist at the conceptual stage". PROJECT will award a total of £300,000 to schemes over the next two years.

The ten schemes can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.


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