Berwick Visual Arts has secured £150,000 as part of a consortium bid to commission fun, inspiring and thought provoking artwork.
The Arts Councils Strategic Touring Fund has awarded the money to Berwick Visual Arts, the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery in Durham, Towneley Hall Museum, Lancashire and Central Art Gallery at Ashton-under-Lyne.
The award of £150,000 over two years will allow the consortium to commission four national visual artists to create inspiring, thought provoking, fun and challenging artworks that will aim to engage with and enable interaction from family audiences.
The art works produced will tour all four of the consortium members venues over the two year period and be supported by a programme of workshops and participatory opportunities delivered by local and regional artists, and partnerships with local children’s centres.
James Lowther, head of Visual Art at Berwick, said: “We’re delighted our bid to the Arts Council’s strategic touring fund has been successful, which will enable us to bring even more amazing contemporary art to Berwick, and it supports our aim to commission and tour high quality art across the north.
“We’re looking forward to developing new partnerships with the consortium members and Berwick’s Children’s Centre to encourage more people to enjoy contemporary art over the next two years.”
The consortium will begin developing the project with a period of audience research to learn more about family audiences across the north of England and will then begin to commission artists for the new work in spring 2014 with exhibitions beginning to tour across the north in late 2014.