ARTISTS and art lovers across the region are celebrating after £60,000 worth of funding for the new Tide Gallery in Mablethorpe was approved by East Lindsey District Council.
The scheme will give a new lease of life to the old library in Victoria Road which has been empty since 2007 as it is turned into a state-of-the-art and vibrant culture building. And with much of the site preparation already completed, the gallery could open by the end of this year.
The community led site will feature an open plan art exhibition space, a community café, craft space and conference rooms as well as a retail area.
The gallery will host courses for the long-term unemployed, children’s art classes and hospitality and business conferences. It will also act as a central hub of information on flood risk.
The £200,000 project has been bankrolled by a special seaside towns grant from the Government as well as from Coastal Pathfinder initiatives.
And it means local residents will no longer be met with the unsightly view of the derelict library on one of Mablethorpe’s busiest streets.
Helen Matthews, secretary of Mablethorpe Art Works as well as being involved in the East Lindsey Art Forum is excited about the project. She said: “It is very good news for the area. The gallery will be an asset promoting art and music and will be open all year round. It has always been an arty area and hopefully it will make art even more popular.
“The council have always been very good at supporting us, and the project will give new life to a building that’s been derelict for a number of years now.”
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