Arbroath cultural hub Hospitalfield House has successfully bid for a £1 million grant to help realise their future vision.
The arts centre wants to develop their facilities and restore the building at a cost of over £10 million to make it an international facility forresearch, production and presentation of the arts.
The funding has come from Creative Scotland’s capital funding programme a fund-raising programmewill be rolled out over the coming two years.
And Lucy Byatt, director of Hospitalfield was pleased with their first source of funding.
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.”
While Ian Townsend, chair of Hospitalfield added: “This is very encouraging, we still havea lot to do but this is a fantastic step in the right direction and I am so delighted that Creative Scotland has, through their contribution to our Future Plan, endorsed our vision for Hospitalfield.
“This is an ambitious and exciting time in the life of this hugely significant place and we aim always to live up to the impressive philanthropic legacy left by Elizabeth and Patrick Allan-Fraser.”
The plans for Hospitalfield also include to conserve the collections, architecture and carefully designed early arts and crafts interiors.
They hope to work closely with architects Caruso St John, to make the architectural additions and improvements that will support the development of vital cultural programme to be enjoyed fully by a growing audience.
The Hospitalfield estate was left in trust in 1890 to support education in the arts and is located in a coastal site overlooking the North Sea.