Major boost for arts vision

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The project to restore and develop facilities at an Arbroath cultural hub has received a massive boost over the past week.

Hospitalfield House is embarking on a fund-raising programme costing over £10 million to make it an international facility for research, production and presentation of the arts.

And on Thursday it was announced that they had successfully bid for £1 million of funding from Creative Scotland’s capital funding programme.

This is in addition to Angus Council pledging to work in conjunction with the trustees of Hospitalfield House to support their plans, which it is hoped will be completed by 2017.

And the latest developments in working towards Hospitalfield’s vision has delighted director of the property Lucy Byatt.

She said: “We could not be more delighted to receive this news, we have quite a long way to go in terms of raising the full funding package but this is a very positive start.

“This is not something that Hospitalfield can do alone and we are very grateful to Angus Council who have already shown us great support and we expect to continue to work in collaboration. These are very exciting times.”

And in a report to the policy and resources committee, council chief executive Richard Stiff was also keen to lend his support.

He explained: “There are a number of aspects of the proposed development that are supportive of the council’s agenda. These include the enhancement of opportunity of local residents, the provision of new opportunities for learners, the improving the attraction of Angus to visitors and tourists and the creation of local employment opportunities.”

The Hospitalfield estate was left in trust in 1890 by Elizabeth and Patrick Allan-Fraser to support education in the arts.