Funding for Arts in the Workplace
to a £12,150 funding award from Arts & Business, the University of
Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre (RAC) is extending a recently developed
partnership and setting up a programme of visual arts for HSBC staff at the
nearby UK Commercial Service and Sales Centre in De Montfort Street.
Commercial Service and Sales Centre recently committed to exclusively sponsor
four concerts per year for three years under the banner “A New Musical
Generation at the RAC”. Now the Richard Attenborough Centre and HSBC have
received an investment from Arts & Business New Partners to further develop
their creative partnership. Arts
& Business New Partners is funded by the Arts Council of England and the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Arts & Business funding will enable the Richard Attenborough Centre to put
together a visual art programme with HSBC over the same three-year period.
Regular exhibitions of work by RAC students and staff will be displayed
in the HSBC building, where over 600 employees are based. In addition, on 4 March
a programme of workshops in the visual arts will commence for HSBC staff, with
topics to include painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture and life drawing.
Development Officer Steven Pegg said, “Arts & Business exists to help
businesses and arts organisations develop more effective ways of working
together, and this New Partners investment will significantly deepen our
relationship with HSBC. It will allow the RAC to reach a brand new audience for
its arts education activities, while at the same time helping HSBC to have a
working environment where creativity is nurtured and valued.
whole enterprise has been fuelled by an overwhelmingly positive response to the
idea from HSBC staff, who will now have the opportunity to work with the RAC and
professional artists, developing new skills and making artwork that can then be
exhibited in their own workplace. The quality of artists associated with the RAC,
the Arts & Business New Partners funding, and the admirable commitment shown
by HSBC as an employer are all coming together to make this possible.”
part of the project, the Richard Attenborough Centre will also address issues of
disability awareness through the involvement of artists with disability in the
exhibitions and as tutors in the workshop programme for HSBC staff. While open
to everyone as an integrated arts and arts education centre, the RAC was
established with the needs of disabled people at its heart.
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Steven Pegg at the University of Leicester Richard
Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a photo opportunity on Tuesday,
March 4, at 4.30 pm during the first Painting & Drawing workshop.
Venue: HSBC UK Commercial Service and Sales Centre, 51 De Montfort Street,
Leicester. (Access to the Centre’s reception is via the car park off Regent
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