5th December 2006




The Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts, which will open at the university next year,  has secured an arts grant to encourage playwriting in the county.


The centre has been awarded £13,000 by the St Hugh's Foundation to work with Lincolnshire Country Council, the East Midlands Theatre Writing Partnership and smaller arts centres around the county to develop young writing talent.


The £13,000 the St Hugh’s Foundation Commissioning Award for 2006 will support the commissioning of a writer in residence to cover Lincoln, South Holland, Boston and North Kesteven.


The writer, to be selected, will run programmes of playwriting workshops for young people so that each participant can produce an original play.


 “We have been successful in our first bid for programme funding and we have received the trust’s largest award, which augurs well for future project funding,” said Professor Michael Earley, Head of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts.


“It also demonstrates the kind of collective community outreach work that will be done by both the school and the centre.”


A spokesman for the St Hugh’s Trust commented: “The foundation’s trustees were impressed by the strategic approach, joining up the existing countywide work of arts providers and services and building a new partnership with TWP.”


From September 2007 the Lincoln School of Performing Arts will be based at the new Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts which is currently being built at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


The purpose-built £6 million facility will feature a 500-seat theatre and will attract professional touring theatre productions as well as being home to drama and dance students.




Contact: Jez Ashberry           

Tel: 01522 837294           




or Chris Kirkwood, Community Services (Culture and Education)

Lincolnshire County Council   Tel: 01522 553235                  [uni26sthughs]