IN less than a year, Lyme Bay Arts CIC successfully created and developed two new venues, The Gallery and The Space on the popular Symondsbury Estate, near Bridport, as showcases for the work of more than 150 participants from the South West’s arts community.
During this time, it presented 14 curated exhibitions of paintings, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts, furniture, books, cards and prints, with the gallery environment each time being specially re-designed to enhance the work on show.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, The Gallery and The Space had to close in mid-March. Several exhibitions and a first series of workshops have been postponed, as were some of its outreach projects – two in its series of exhibitions at the Lyme Regis Museum and a Lyme Bay Arts showcase in Barfleur, Normandy.
The company directors and all those involved in this creative enterprise want to send a huge thank you to the National Lottery and its players who have made it possible for Lyme Bay Arts to receive funding from the Arts Council’s Emergency Response Fund and to Dorset County Council for its small business grant.
This financial assistance will be used to help cover fixed costs during the months of lockdown while there have been no income streams and make possible the re-opening of the galleries, which would otherwise have been extremely difficult. In the meantime the directors will be exploring online services and other new avenues for the future.