Norwich Gallery will be renamed the Project Base. Courtesy Norwich School of Art and Design
Sue Tuckett, Principal of Norwich School of Art and Design, has responded to the Arts Council funding cuts that are forcing the closure of the Norwich Gallery.
She emphasises that the School will continue to run the Gallery, which will change its name to the Project Base, but its programme and remit will be altered by the reduced funding.
“The Gallery as it currently is, is closing, but the school will continue to run it,” she said. “There will still be an exhibition space.”
“We’ve lost £190,000 for staff and programming costs – the School can’t match that funding,” she told the 24 Hour Museum.
“We will continue to host EASTInternational and the gallery curator’s post will be retained.”
The focus of the gallery will become more educational, but it will still host external exhibitions, particularly in collaboration with international artists. Norwich School of Art and Design is one of the partners involved in Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery’s bid to win £5 million in the Art Fund International initiative.
Sue is pragmatic about the Arts Council’s decision.
“They do change their view on their priorities from time to time and we have to accept that.”