Funding for museum art installations confirmed

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 January 2017

Weston Museum.

Weston Museum.

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Two more grants have been received by Weston Museum as part of its £1.2million revamp.

The museum, in Burlington Street, is receiving a makeover, which will include new galleries and improved access throughout the building.

The money, from Arts Council England, includes £15,000 to commission a series of new art installations. These will be created by artist Mary Flower, who will host workshops with schools and community groups to create an eye-catching mural for the atrium.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of Weston Town Council’s museum working party said: “These installations will be the icing on the cake; they will have an immediate impact on all who enter the courtyard.

“Involving the local community and students is part of the town council’s commendable outreach agenda.”

An additional £52,000 will be used to appoint café, retail and audience consultants who will advise the council on how to ensure the museum becomes a unique visitor destination. This will help it remain financially sustainable.

Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “It’s fantastic to have this support to enable community involvement and to further our aim of long-term sustainability.”

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