Family pinhole camera workshop

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has been awarded a significant grant from Arts Council England National Lottery Project grants.


The gallery has successfully applied for a grant of £49,900, which will deliver an 18 month project that marks a new strategic and curatorial direction for THG – including a dynamic programme of exhibitions, events, collaborations and learning initiatives.

The grant also includes funding for an Engagement Officer role, which will enable THG to bring together contemporary art, craft, the environment, social engagement and wellbeing. The programme will reach diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds, through creative practice and processes, contributing to the cultural ecology of the region.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said:

This project signals an exciting shift for Thelma Hulbert Gallery and their ability to engage more people with enriching art and culture. Their partnerships with schools, museums, charities and artists creates a space that is relevant and accessible to the rural communities the gallery sits within. Bringing contemporary visual art, environmental concerns and health together through socially engaged practice helps us achieve our mission of Great Art and Culture for Everyone and wouldn’t be possible without the National Lottery.

THG’s Manager/ Curator Ruth Gooding said:

We would like to thank Arts Council England for this funding which enables us to enter an exciting new phase: enabling new partnerships, reaching new audiences and supporting artistic practice. We are uniquely situated in East Devon and supported by East Devon District Council to work with all our communities and the public to celebrate and share the value of culture.

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Notes to Editors

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery - Award-winning public art gallery showcasing an acclaimed programme of contemporary art exhibitions of regional and national significance, alongside a permanent collection of artist Thelma Hulbert’s work.  Based in Honiton, the gallery is a focal point of the South West Arts scene and is run by East Devon District Council and is supported by the Arts Council England. THG has been recognized through The Marsh Award for Gallery Education for its exceptional learning programme of workshops and activities for the community.