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R-Space Gallery is continuing to provide support to the community thanks to the National Lottery’s COVID-19 Support Package

R-Space Gallery in Castle Street, Lisburn, has received £47,000 from Arts Council National Lottery funds to support their re-opening in Lisburn City amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a deferred annual programme commencing on the 12thSeptember 2020. The grant will allow R-Space to continue to provide its regular artistic services including exhibitions, workshops and activities, engaging with local artists, community groups and members of the public.

Alan Clarke, Chairman of the R-Space Board of Trusteescomments on R-Spaceactivity “Thanks to the Arts Council and National Lottery players, we have been able to adapt our services and prepare to reopen R-Space Gallery following a challenging time for the arts. We have had wonderful feedback from our community and are looking forward to welcoming familiar faces and new visitors to the Gallery.”

Like R-Space, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This will support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Noirin McKinney, Director at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as we all rally to overcome COVID-19. This project is just one fantastic example of how Arts Council National lottery funds are helping to support artists and arts organisations across Northern Ireland to reach out, share their work and keep communities engaged in these unprecedented times.”

The National Lottery is playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, many of whom will be supporting the most vulnerable in communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. By playing The National Lottery, you are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

To find out more about the range of funding support announced by National Lottery distributors across the UK to date, visit the National Lottery Good Causes website www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

For further information about R-Space Gallery, images and engagement opportunities, please contact: Mags White via rspace@linenroomslisburn.com or visit: http://www.rspacelisburn.com/