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Successful funding bid for Lancaster Arts

John Freeman

Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University’s award winning arts organisation, has announced continued Arts Council England funding for the next four years. 

The organisation has been awarded £412,212 between 2018 and 2022.

Lancaster Arts has won this coveted place in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio acknowledging the organisation’s contribution to the cultural life of the UK.

The successful bid recognises Lancaster Arts strengths in high quality artistic presentation and participation developing "its reputation for supporting emerging and established artists through commissioning and showing work".

The organisation is delighted to have the opportunity to work with a broad range of artists ranging from new associate partner the BBC Philharmonic to local aerial company, Turn Around Dance, who’ll spend a fortnight using the facilities and expertise of Lancaster Arts to develop their new show The Thief, the Fox and the Phoenix in August.

Two Destination Language, winners of the Lancaster Arts bursary, will receive financial and technical support, during September, to develop their latest show based on identity and Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

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Two Destination Language, winners of the Lancaster Arts bursary
Two Destination Language, winners of the Lancaster Arts bursary


The Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University Professor Mark E. Smith said: “Lancaster University and Arts Council England enjoy an excellent relationship which supports artists and arts organisations to improve the quality of arts and culture across Lancaster and the UK. I am particularly excited by the developing relationship with the BBC Philharmonic.

“We are delighted that Arts Council England will continue to support Lancaster Arts and recognises the high calibre of their programme. Thanks to their reputation they have secured high profile performances from artists such as: Nicola Benedetti, Gob Squad, Ockham’s Razor and Andy Holden whilst showcasing innovative work devised and co-created with our local communities and artists.”

Director of Lancaster Arts Jocelyn Cunningham said: “We are thrilled to receive this national recognition of our work here at Lancaster Arts and excited to build on our history of showing amazing work at The Nuffield Theatre, Peter Scott Gallery and Lancaster International Concerts. This will enable us to continue our artist development programme with particular attention to talent retention within the region.”

Lancaster Arts’ full autumn programme will shortly be announced. Their arts season will launch with an author talk featuring Anthony Horowitz in the University’s Great Hall on 12th September. Tickets for this event are now on sale. For full details see or call 01524 594151.