Arts groups in grant boost

TEN arts projects have been given a boost after they were awarded grants at a special ceremony.The winners were picked out by judges who selected high quality and innovative projects that would appeal to a range of audiences and enhance cultural activity in Ipswich.

TEN arts projects have been given a boost after they were awarded grants at a special ceremony.

The winners were picked out by judges who selected high quality and innovative projects that would appeal to a range of audiences and enhance cultural activity in Ipswich.

The winning projects included artists Caroline Wright and Helen Rousseau, Eastern Angles, Great Bricett Art Group, Inside Out Community Arts in Mental Health, Ipswich Children's Book Club, Ipswich Orchestral Society, Ipswich Transport Museum, Lielow and Sketch, Key Arts and Suffolk Artlink.

The Ipswich Arts Grants, run by the borough council, have been supported for the second year by Turnstone, which is redeveloping the former Civic Centre site.

Ipswich Arts Grants supports performers, artists, arts groups and organisations and provides a number of small awards designed to help local talent with costs.

The awards ceremony was held on Thursday at the Town Hall Galleries.

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Councillor Judy Terry, arts, culture and leisure portfolio-holder, said: “It has been rewarding to see so many deserving projects and to work together with Turnstone to promote so much innovation in our town's arts scene.”