A £134,000 fund has been created to support art projects across Lichfield.
The money came from the sale of the Donna Che Trattiene il Tempo statue – known as Old Father Time – by Lichfield District Council in 2008.
The item was bequeathed to the city by Colonel Swinfen Broun, but was sold after a suitable permanent home for the statue could not be found.
Now the Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust and Lichfield District Council have created the Lichfield City Art Fund with the aim of reinvesting the money from the sale into supporting new art projects.
Councillor Ian Pritchard said: “I am delighted to launch this art fund with the trust. We’re all looking forward to receiving the applications and funding some fantastic public art.
“It is thanks to Colonel Swinfen Broun that we have this funding, and we hope to invest the money wisely so local people and visitors enjoy the resulting public art.”
The fund is particularly keen to commission projects that focus on creating art space.
Cllr David Smedley, Chairman of Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, added: “This art fund is a fitting tribute to the kindness and philanthropy of Colonel Swinfen Broun.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the council to award the funding and look forward to receiving a range of applications for exciting projects that will boost Lichfield City.”
For more details visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/artfund. The deadline for applications is 4.30pm on December 22.