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Young performers among Yorkshire Dales beneficiaries of arts funding

[Thursday 03 August 2006]

YOUNG performers and a Bedale based painter are among the beneficiaries of the latest round of funding for Yorkshire Dales arts projects.

Forty-three individuals and groups across Yorkshire and the Humber will receive a share of £662, 000 in the latest round of Arts Council funding aimed at placing arts projects at the heart of the region and local communities.

Zoe Windross struts her stuff in the
dance tent in the run up to
festival 2006

Young People across the county will benefit as North Yorkshire County Council receives £60,000 towards its Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) initiative.

Last month CYC held its annual outdoor festival in Northallerton, which included a wide range of arts events profiling the youth talent of North Yorkshire. Youngsters performed alongside regional and professional artists including Big Brovaz. Festival plans for 2007 will include a community arts day and will involve additional schools.

Sue Lawson, a painter from Bedale, will use her £4, 791 grant to purchase an etching press to enable her to diversify her artistic practice to include original prints and etchings. She will be able to produce new work for exhibitions across the North of England, helping to raise her profile in the region.

In the Southern Yorkshire Dales, Haworth Arts Group has received £5,000 towards the cost of staging the 2006 Haworth Arts Festival.

The Festival will include a wide range of arts activities and participatory events for the local community and visiting tourists, and will feature music, visual arts, comedy, theatre, street performance, circus, chainsaw sculpture, storytelling, poetry and ceramics.

Ilkley Literature Festival will expand its programme with a grant of £13, 229. The grant will allow the Festival to include work by artists from different cultural backgrounds, as well as allowing it to increase audience numbers and provide professional training for its core staff to enable the organisation to thrive in the future.

Craven Rural and Business Skills, based a Skipton auction Mart, will receive £5,000 towards a visual arts fair, 'Art in the Pen' on 26 and 27 August. The event will offer participating artists the opportunity to promote themselves to a large audience and visitors will see a wide range of work in one rural venue.

Commenting on the awards, Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council, Yorkshire, said: "These latest awards support a diverse and innovative arts sector, providing access to the arts and participation for everyone."

For information about the Grants for the arts programme, including how to make an application, contact Arts Council England on 0845 300 6200 or visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

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