6th July 2004



Music, drama, dance and art will take centre stage at the University of Lincoln on Saturday (10th July) when around 200 county schoolchildren showcase their talent.


School pupils will step into the spotlight for a day to celebrate the Lincolnshire NOF (New Opportunities Fund) Arts Project.

The five-year project, which began in 2001, involves pupils from Lincolnshire schools getting together to learn new skills in weekly workshops led by professional artists and performers. 

The university will be the venue for the celebration day which will feature clay-work, sculpture, drumming, circus skills, drama, textiles, singing, samba and much more.

Visitors will be able to enjoy performances by children as well as joining in a diverse range of arts from circus skills to playing the didgeridoo.  The day will also include performances from professional artists living around Lincolnshire.

“As well as the children themselves, the artists, teachers and other adults have noticed how the programme is beginning to have a real impact on areas such as confidence, concentration and behaviour,” said Councillor Mrs Maureen Spencer-Gregson OBE, Executive Member for Education and Special Education Needs at Lincolnshire County Council.

The project is funded by the government's New Opportunities Fund (NOF) and supported by Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire School Improvement Service.

The event takes place between 12.00 and 3.30pm in the main academic building at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.

Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.


For more information contact:

Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886625                                   lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


For more information contact Robert Pitman, Horncastle Curriculum Centre, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle LN9 6BW, Tel 01507 527793