Florence Arts Centre is based at Florence Mine, just south of Egremont town centre. The Mine was – until 2008 – the last working deep iron ore mine left in Western Europe.
The project aims to deliver sustainable growth in arts participation and interest in heritage whilst making Florence Arts a sustainable centre for visual arts, music and comedy; where all people can develop their creativity.
Part of the funding was used to continue to improve the building, making it more user friendly and energy efficient.
The majority of the funding was used to grow arts audiences in West Cumbria through artist residencies, exhibitions, workshops, music and comedy performances.
This will be supported through growing the number of volunteers who regularly volunteer at Florence Arts and by developing a marketing campaign for the venue.
Alongside this the Centre plans to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support people to explore the heritage of the iron ore mining industry and its link to the local community.
Other funding for the project is being provided by Arts Council England (£75,000) and the venue’s own earned income (£23,305).