Creatives are being offered a fantastic opportunity to come-up with bright ideas for artworks to boost Lincoln’s streetscape – and they could secure funding from an exciting new fund to make them a reality.
Lincoln BIG today unveiled the Lincoln Creates Fund - a £50,000 pot of money which is designed to support new projects with awards of between £500 and £5,000.
The fund has been created using some of the money raised through the public auction of the colourful sculptures which made-up the city’s much-loved Lincoln Knights’ Trail in 2017.
Funding Manager Sue Bell said artistic projects chosen for support could receive funding of up to 100 per cent towards their project.
“We are delighted to announce this new fund, which aims to encourage artists and businesses to work together on exciting visual artworks which will make Lincoln city centre more vibrant and a more attractive place in which to live or work, or to visit.
“Projects might take the form of murals, sculptures, special installations, created using many different materials and traditional or new processes. But we will be giving priority to concepts put forward by artists and businesses working together,” said Sue.
In some cases, Lincoln BIG may be able to match individual businesses with artists’ projects which might particularly appeal to them and be ideal for their location.
Lincoln BIG is keen to put the Lincoln Creates Fund to work as soon as possible and is calling for early expressions of interest.
“We are urging creatives and businesses to get in touch with Lincoln BIG and declare their interest in this fund.
“We want to know about their ideas, or any projects which they think will meeting our criteria for support.”
“Artists should respond by 12 noon on November 12 and they can get in touch via email.”
Applicants shortlisted for support from the new fund must be prepared to present their ideas to a panel at Lincoln BIG.