Lyme Regis ArtsFest Gains Funding from Arts Council England

ArtsFest organisers Karol Kulik, Christine Allison, Wendy Davies and Peter Wiles are delighted to announce the success of ArtsFest's bid for funding of re:collection, its collaboration with the Lyme Regis Museum. Launched last month, re:collection is an initiative in which artists take inspiration from artefacts in the Museum to create original, new works across the arts spectrum. Sixteen re:collection projects involving over twenty artists will now be supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with a grant of £30,000.

Arts Council Logo'To achieve significant public funding in today's climate is a huge vote of confidence in the quality of our artists and their proposals as well as in ArtsFest's ability to deliver results,' say the organisers. 'We'd like to thank the Museum staff and volunteers who've shared our enthusiasm for re:collection from the start, but ultimate credit goes to the artists whose projects were so well conceived and imaginative. ArtsFest is truly proud that as we start our second decade of organising art events in Lyme Regis we now have the opportunity to support even more solidly the talented artists who live here and to provide for the first time a full year's worth of exciting art activities for the local community and visitors alike.'

ACE awardEqually pleased with the outcome is Museum director David Tucker: 'it is fantastic to see the Museum's collections being interpreted in new ways and providing inspiration to Lyme's current artists. The success will no doubt invigorate further the town's already vibrant arts community and the Museum looks forward to playing its part in this new activity.'

The majority of artworks being created for re:collection will be unveiled next year, but ArtsFest and the Museum were keen to offer the public some sneak previews of the work in progress over up-coming months. Following the success of Jennie Pearson's recent textile exhibition, the Museum's own small gallery was chosen as the idea spot for these previews. Therefore, five re:collection artists will be curating their own exhibitions in the Rotunda Gallery over the next ten months. The five selected artists work in different media, and each will offer a unique 'take' on the Museum-inspired theme and create intriguingly different worlds in the Rotunda, alongside a selection of their other recent work.

First up will be Annie Ward, a relative newcomer to Lyme, whose sculptural 3D objects and paintings emanate from her research in local and family history. Her exhibition, entitled 'Looking at the Overlooked', will run from Saturday 1st December until Sunday 27th January. Two well-known local artists, photographer Maisie Hill and art teacher Lynda White, will follow in February/March and April/May with exhibitions that provide a showcase for photography in miniature and beach-combed treasures. Next summer, visitors will be tempted to explore the Rotunda as a portal to another time or dimension in illustrator Keith Robinson's taster for his planned children's book or as an underwater world in Sarah Thomas's art installation.

'These "previews of coming attractions" are a great way to launch our collaboration with the Museum and will be perfect scene-setters for the re:collection activities, performances and exhibitions in 2013, as well as being exciting experiences in their own right,' says Karol Kulik who is co-ordinating the Rotunda shows.

If you are an artist, performer or writer and are interested in finding out more about the re:collection initiative, please contact ArtsFest at More details about the Rotunda exhibitions will be available from and

Published on 26/10/2012.

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