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Public art projects in Lichfield share £134,000 funding pot

Four art public art projects have scooped a share of a £134,000 funding pot.

The presentation to the Lichfield City Art Fund recipients

The presentation to the Lichfield City Art Fund recipients

The money was handed over by the Lichfield City Art Fund, which was set up by Lichfield District Council and the Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust to reinvest the proceeds of the sale of the statue Donna Che Trattiene il Tempo into new art projects.

The artwork was auctioned off in 2008 after no permanent home could be found for it in the city.

The four beneficiaries of the fund are:

  • Lichfield Cathedral’s project to create a bronze sculpture of St Chad has been awarded £50,000.
  • St Mary’s in the Market Square has been awarded £44,979 to create a performance space for community groups to use.
  • Erasmus Darwin House will receive £25,050 to create a sculpture based on the work of Erasmus Darwin as well as a project to help the local community create smaller sculptures.
  • Lichfield Festival’s project to create a Puppet Parade has been awarded £13,752.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet member for economic growth, environment and development services, said: “We received a good range of applications to the Lichfield City Art Fund, and I am delighted with the four projects we’ve chosen to support.

“From community art projects and art spaces to sculptures that celebrate two notable Lichfield figures, there is a great mix of schemes.

“We are all looking forward to seeing the completed projects that will no doubt have a big impact on the city.”

The money was handed over at a reception at District Council House last month.

David Smedley, Chairman of Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, added: “It will be wonderful to see the eclectic art projects that will be helped by the kindness and philanthropy of Colonel Swinfen Broun.”

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4 Comments

  1. Steve

    9th April, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Lovely to see the Church of England getting so much money.

    They only have £6 billion in the bank.

    Good to see such a needy organisation benefiting.

  2. AgitatorofPeople

    10th April, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Lichfield Diocese has over £130 milllion in funds and made a surplus of over £7 million according to its 2016 accounts, St Marys church owned by the Diocese is been renovated using over £1 million of our public money from the sale of our publicly owned friary building which houses the current library and they continue to suck the money out of the council in this case nearly £100,000 due in part to councillors having held directorships or board members in the Diocese.
    The “Godfather” would be impressed at the. Shameless capacity of the Lichfield Diocese’s ability to fleece its own flock.

  3. Ken

    10th April, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    “New” art projects? The St Chad statue was launched in 2015! The St Mary’s plans are nearly as old – how lucky for them that the Arts Fund were “keen to fund commissions that focus on creating art space”.

    This is a Tory stitch-up enabling their cronies to get their hands on cash raised from the sale of something gifted to the people of Lichfield (now where have I heard that before?).

    Perhaps, in the spirit of transparency, Cllr Pritchard will reveal the other projects that were in the running for the money? I won’t hold my breath.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    10th April, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    it is good to see that Mike Wilcox still comes to Lichfield. Apart from irregular messages about Friarsgate delays, we never hear from the Council Leader. Is he still taking the Leader’s Allowance?

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