Arts Centre for Midlothian cash bid fails

The Scottish Mining Museum, site of the proposed arts centre
The Scottish Mining Museum, site of the proposed arts centre

Midlothian Council’s bid for £1.8 million of funding for an arts centre and theatre in Newtongrange has failed.

The local authority applied to Creative Scotland in September for the money to go towards an ambitious £5.8 million plan, working in partnership with the National Mining Museum Scotland, to bring a top class arts facility to Midlothian.

Creative Scotland announced yesterday (January 28) that Midlothian Council was not among the 12 successful bids in this latest round of funding.

However Newtongrange Community Council have urged the council and the museum to press ahead with their plans.

Speaking at their meeting last night (January 28), chairman Jason Ferry said: “We need to look towards a future bid.

“I would certainly campaign for it to come to Newtongrange.

“So we’ll keep an eye on that. To see how it progresses.”

There were 12 successful arts and culture organisations across Scotland that benefited from £9.4 million from the latest round of capital funding from Creative Scotland, they included the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and the Glasgow Film Theatre.

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