Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has welcomed Arts Council emergency response funding to support local artists and improve its digital channels during the coronavirus outbreak.
Arts Council England has awarded the museum in Terrace Road a total of £22,500 which will be used to commission artists and performers to develop work in response to the pandemic. The money can also be used to foster sustainability for artists, using the money to buy equipment and to train and reskill.
The funding will help the museum to develop a memory of the coronavirus pandemic for the collections, made by local people, and support further development of the Wonders of the Peak and Depicting Derbyshire websites.
These sites link the museum’s artefacts back to Derbyshire’s landscape and include articles about the Peak District written by people who live and work there, and artworks made by travellers who have passed through it.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said:
“This funding is extremely welcome and I hope it will enable us to attract more visitors to the museum and the county when it’s safe to do so and we’re fully back open for business.”