EASTBOURNE’S Towner Art Gallery has been awarded £341,000.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England has announced further awards from its £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund:

£58.9million has been awarded through the Fund’s Capital Kickstart grants programme, and over £165million has been offered through the Repayable Finance programme.

Towner Eastbourne has secured £341,002.

A spokesman said: “The funding awarded will allow Towner to fulfil our ambitious plans to ensure the gallery remains at the heart of the cultural offer in Eastbourne and Sussex, ahead of Towner’s 2023 Centenary year and following the accolade of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020.

The funding will go towards two new and flexible studio spaces on the gallery’s ground floor, allowing Towner to deliver on plans for artist development through the provision of studio space and a bigger on-site community engagement programme.

A better environment for those with hidden and physical disabilities will be created, via greater circulation space.

The adaptations will also be considerate of environmental impact and where possible will rely on reusing materials and minimising wastage.”

Towner also plans to ensure its future financial stability by improving the ground floor shop and developing its on-site cafe offer, as well as opening the space for a wider range of hires, including makers fairs, cinema screenings and for local businesses and creative practitioners.

Architects and a design team will be appointed in 2021.