Herefordshire is rich in its quality and quantity of artists and arts businesses, and to support the growth and development of these creative industries the Arts Council for England has awarded funding to Herefordshire Council.
The Council has a fast track record of supporting creative industries and this has been enhances un the last three years with EU and regional investment to enable businesses in the areas of crafts, media, design, visual and performance arts to flourish.
That investment comes to an end in April but the Arts Council has enabled elements of that programme to continue and new schemes to emerge. The new programme starting in May 2005 will include continued support for H.art Week and Hereford Contemporary Crafts Fair.
New projects that will be supported by the funding include a mentoring scheme between emerging and experienced artists; a scheme to promote relations between manufacturers and artists.
There will also be training for businesses interested in starting creative industries; plus a range of marketing schemes that promotes arts products made in Herefordshire at a regional, national and international level.
Natalia Silver, Cultural Services Manager for Herefordshire Council said: The investment by the Arts Council means that arts businesses can really flourish over the next few tears to become viable in the long term, with the whole industry benefiting from a higher profile, she added.