Leach Pottery Restoration Project receives another major award
The Leach Pottery Restoration Project in St Ives has been
awarded a further £99,438.00 from Arts Council England
South West. This is to support the creation of a new pottery
workshop to accommodate both business start-up studios and
students from University College Falmouth, as well as a new
showcase gallery for the sale of contemporary studio pottery.
Lady Carol Holland, Chair of the Bernard Leach (St Ives)
Trust said: "This second grant from Arts Council
England South West makes it possible for us to go ahead with
confidence to plan an education and training programme that
will make the Leach Pottery once again an inspirational place
for young potters to improve their technical skills and to
learn the necessary business expertise to help them to set
up on their own. Some of this money will also go towards the
exciting showcase gallery that will introduce the work of
contemporary potters to a wider market."
Nick Capaldi, Arts Council England South West Executive Director
said: "We are delighted to be able to provide nearly
£100,000, almost doubling our financial support for
this project. When restoration is complete, the Leach Pottery
will support ceramicists by helping them to increase their
skills, develop professionally and build up their businesses.
Projects like this are part of our investment in the fast-growing
creative industries sector which is key to the region's future
prosperity and identity."
Harry Isaacs, former potter at the Leach Pottery and St Ives
Town Councillor said: "I see the major challenge
for this project to be the creation of opportunities for future
generations to learn and work in the unique environment of
the Leach Pottery. This funding will enable this to happen."
John Bedding, speaking on behalf of St Ives Ceramics, a flagship
contemporary studio pottery selling gallery, said: "This
is a major boost to the Cornish pottery community for both
training, and the selling of pottery. The international name
of the Leach Pottery will add to the credentials of anyone
that trains there, whilst the new gallery will be a vital
new showcase for local potters under a recognised name for
excellence. I am in full support of this new resource for
the town." John Bedding is also a trustee of the
Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust.
Tamsin Daniel, project coordinator said: "St Ives
has the real potential to become a centre for the provision
of high quality education, training and skills in the arts
and creative industries, as well as a destination for visitors
interested in drawing, painting and now pottery holidays.
The St Ives School of Painting already has an excellent reputation
in this field which, combined with the Leach Pottery project
and other cultural attractions in the town, should enable
St. Ives to attract more schools, colleges and visitors interested
in 'art activity based' holidays."
The Leach Pottery Restoration Project is being led by Penwith
District Council and is supported by the European Regional
Development Fund, the Rural Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall County Council,
Creative Kernow and Penwith District Council.
For further information please contact Tamsin Daniel, project
coordinator on 01736 336818 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in The Leach Pottery Restoration
project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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