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£65,000 Arts Business Boost for Ryedale


3:32pm 19th June 2013

After confirming the major contribution that creative businesses and arts and heritage organisations are making to its local economy, Ryedale District Council has commissioned six new creative projects to create more jobs and encourage economic success.

“Ryedale’s landscape, wildlife and heritage are inspiring and we are fortunate to have many creative people and cultural businesses based here” said Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council. “But Council budgets are under extreme pressure and we want to prioritise investment where this will help create and sustain jobs and make a difference to the lives of local people. We have looked closely at the impact of creative businesses on providing jobs and drawing visitors and investment into Ryedale and this has shown it to be a valuable and expanding area.”

Ryedale District Council has now decided to use its former grants budgets to commission a range of creative activities that will deliver specific economic benefits.

Ryedale Art Works (a membership organisation for creative businesses) will establish a programme of development initiatives to encourage artists (both professional and amateur) to create sustainable businesses and provide further opportunities for artists, makers and galleries.  “We are excited at the prospect of further developing Ryedale as a destination for quality art and design and creating a business network that our artistic community can benefit from" said Sue Gough, Chair of Ryedale Art Works.

Other commissions include:

  • Helmsley Arts Centre, which will provide a hub of creative activity in northern Ryedale;
  • Rural Arts and The Shed, working with communities to  support profitable  event management;
  • A collaboration of Ryedale’s four major museums, focussed on  improving visitor numbers.;
  •  The Ryedale Open Art Exhibition will continue and a small grants initiative will enable pump priming for new, small scale initiatives in the creative sector that have a close link with the visitor economy / tourism sector.

The commissions by the District Council enable the organisations involved to draw significant match funding into the District from investors and funding bodies.

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