£2m to celebrate

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Sheffield, Milton Keynes and London get rewards for ‘ambition’

Three organisations, Artichoke in London, the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes and the Sheffield Culture Consortium, are to share £2m from the Arts Council fund set up last year to promote talent, ambition and excellence in the arts.

Artichoke, the creative group responsible for the recent Lumiere events in London, gets £750,000 from the Ambition for Excellence fund for its London’s Burning centerpiece of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London this year.

MK Gallery in Milton Keynes also gets £750,000 for its City Club, a project to bring together artists and the community to mark 50 years since the new town was created.

And Sheffield gets £550,000 for Making Waves, a three year project to showcase contemporary art made in the city through a consortium including Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield Theatres Trust, Museums Sheffield, the Site Gallery, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The project starts this year with a Year of Making Sheffield visual art programme.

“This round of Ambition for Excellence awards really illustrates the power that art and artists can have in celebrating and defining place” said ACE’s Alison Clark. “Each of these three projects will work with a wide range of partners to reimagine and regenerate their city through creativity, whilst producing some extraordinary art. Although each project is very different in nature, a strong talent development programme sits behind all of the projects ensuring that the legacy of the investment will be a strengthened and more diverse arts workforce.” 

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