Spout Yard setback over art gallery

A lack of funding means the gallery at the well-loved Spout Yard in Louth will unfortunately not be host to art exhibitions and workshops in the year ahead.

According to Spout Yard’s management trustees, the current financial climate has ‘taken its toll’ and from the end of January the gallery will not be occupied by the trust.

A spokesperson said: “The current financial climate has undoubtedly taken its toll on many national and regional ventures and the park has not been exempt from this.

“Indeed, from the end of January the gallery will no longer be occupied by the trust.

“Sadly the East Lindsey District Council withdrawal of funding support and increased rental costs over a period of time means that the trust can no longer afford to maintain the gallery.

“ In spite of their best efforts both to generate and to seek income sources to sustain the gallery, management trustees have been unsuccessful, so art exhibitions and workshops have been withdrawn from the annual programme.”

Despite this, the management trustees are looking forward to 2013 and are planning a packed program of family events.

Look out for some of Spout Yard Park’s forthcoming events this year which will include the ever popular strawberry fair, picnic in the park, music in the park, chess in the park, poetry in the park, pumpkins in the park and carols in the park.

This year there is also a new event, Festival of the Bee, presented in conjunction with Louth in Bloom and Transition Louth.

Spout Yard Park will also remain at the forefront of Louth Visual Arts Trail 2013, having found this venture to be very successful last year and having built it as an integral part of the O Degrees Festival.

For more information about Spout Yard visit the website www.spoutyardpark.org.

Or find them online on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/spoutyardpark.