MGSO4 Discovery 400 project wins Arts Council Lottery Grant

Arts Council England

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant of £12,000 towards the costs of our festival project ‘Discovery 400.’

2018 is a special year, commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts. This project will ensure that local people who may not normally experience creative activity are able to participate in a unique celebration. We will be running workshops with specific groups, other local charities, and some schools, to give everyone the opportunity to get involved.

The activities included in Discovery 400 are: Greg Harradine’s music composition workshops, inspired by the atomic numbers of the chemical elements in Epsom Salts; an interactive artwork where participants create a large-scale animated liquid painting made with Epsom Salts; and a visual arts project based on a fictitious newspaper, the Daily Salter, forming a borough-wide temporary public art exhibition and digital trail. The culmination of these different activities will be presented as part of the MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival.

Festival Director Maria Reeves said: “It is hugely exciting to be awarded this Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant. It is a validation of what we have been striving to achieve as an arts charity and I hope it gives everyone confidence in local aspirations to be a more creative place. The festival already includes a fantastic programme of events for people who love theatre, music, books and poetry and contemporary art, but the Discovery 400 activities will make it a genuinely inclusive celebration.”

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