Egremont and Area Regeneration Partnership Ltd – ‘Florence Arts’

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).


  • 1 Social Enterprise Created
  • 1 FTE Job Safeguarded
  • 1500 Volunteer Hours
  • 1 New/Improved Cultural Facility
  • 6000 attendances at a Tourism Attraction/Community Venue


  • To have a thriving arts centre, with increased paying attendances, which is able to support its core running costs through earned income
  • To plan and fund successful projects building on arts and heritage in the area and at Florence creating opportunities for access and engagement with arts and heritage
  • Provide opportunities for people to develop creative skills and professional arts practice
  • To have a more energy efficient arts centre and to improve the facility year on year