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New Lichfield Arts Foundation appoints executive committee

An Arts Foundation for Lichfield and the surrounding area has held its inaugural meeting at The Garrick Theatre recently.

The meeting at the Lichfield Garrick saw an executive committee appointed. Those on the committee include local sculptor Peter Walker, Arts Development Officer Celia Houghton and Councillor Bernard Derrick, Chairman of the Lichfield District Arts Partnership and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Other members of the Foundation include Jennie Arthur, Alison Churchill, Robert Carr, Adrian Jackson, Barbara Haycock, David Wallington, David Harper and Mary Baker.

Peter Walker, who created the new sculpture at Lichfield Tesco, led the Son et Lumiere at last year’s Samuel Johnson birthday celebrations and is now working on a new sculpture to celebrate Erasmus Darwin. He explained:

“The aim of the Foundation is to enhance the district’s cultural life. The arts is so important to our local and national economies, but often suffers from a lack of infrastructure and support, which means it doesn’t always make the impact it could to local lives. The Foundation will aim to help change this locally, so more and more people can get involved.

“It will develop a local infrastructure and actively encourage local people and artists to get involved in all art forms which the foundation hopes will help to elevate Lichfield district to become one of the leading arts destinations in the country. Key strategic aims are being put in place which will be revealed during the Foundation’s development.”

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