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Chief executive: We're becoming an arts capital
7:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
THE chief executive of Thurrock Council has welcomed the borough becoming an arts centre for the future.
This comes after Communities Minister Don Foster said Thurrock could bid “for up to £80,000 for projects to increase participation in the arts”.
The funding could be spent on getting theatre touring companies to visit, organising for artist residencies locally and making more use of public display spaces.
Graham Farrant welcomed the news, saying: “We have been saying for years – since the arrival of the Royal Opera House and its local work – Thurrock is the coming place for the arts.
“The opening of the Backstage Centre and the National Skills Academy has added further weight to Thurrock’s key position.
“In the coming weeks we will talk with partners to see if we can put together an innovative proposal that will not only ensure we secure the money, but also that it will be used to create something Thurrock can be proud of.”
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