Extra funds for youth scheme

Artists Anonymous at the National Centre for Craft and Design.
Artists Anonymous at the National Centre for Craft and Design.

A young person’s arts scheme run at Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) and nine other venues has received extra funding totalling £500,000.

The Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) Young People’s Programme offers people aged 12-25 years the chance to organise a host of events and activities at 10 performing and visual arts venues from across Lincolnshire.

Since 2012, with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England, the project has seen more than 350 young people work with LOV.

In Sleaford, its sees the NCCD play host to a group of young artists called ‘Artists Anonymous’. The group’s main aim is to raise the profile of the centre and encourage more young people to visit and experience art.

Due to the youth programme’s success, LOV have been awarded extra funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and continued support from Arts Council England to carry on the work for another three years.

Regis Cochefert, of Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “We believe LOV is breaking new ground by creating a model of working with young people across arts venues that is unique in the UK.”

Artists Anonymous meet every first Saturday of the month from 1-4pm at NCCD. It is free to attend.