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photograph of John Roles Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds Museums and Galleries Forge Ahead

Client News

16 January 2013

Leeds Museums and Galleries has recently announced that is able to forge ahead with its ambitious investment plan as a result of its success in securing a £5.1m grant over three years from Arts Council England from April 2012.  The funding award was granted in recognition of Leeds Museums and Galleries continued investment and their innovative approach to attracting new audiences and improving the visitor experience.

The service, which is run by Leeds City Council, has seen visitor numbers double in just five years, from 525,511 in 2007/8, to around 1.1 million visitors annually including 268,000 children and young people.

The increase in funding from Arts Council England is being used to create 14 new positions within the service following a programme of refurbishment in 2012 which has seen more than £1.68 million spent on physical renovations and improvements across its venues.

Commenting on the developments, John Roles, head of Leeds Museums and Galleries: “This is a difficult time in the arts and public sectors and every week we hear of the impact of cuts in our communities. Leeds City Council has pledged its commitment to ensure the city continues to have a rich cultural offering. Leeds has a wealth of cultural assets and it is fantastic that over one million people a year, both residents and visitors, choose to explore them. With our physical spaces in better shape than ever we want to ensure that everyone in Leeds and beyond has access to the city’s cherished cultural riches. Part of our vision for the future is to be the best city to live for children and young people and the cultural identity of Leeds plays a huge role in this."