West Sussex art gallery gets £1m fund boost

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CHICHESTER’S Pallant House Gallery has secured £1m funding boost.

The grant – from a partnership of the Departure for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund – is conditional on the gallery matching it with funding from private giving over the next four years.

The gallery now has to raise £1m by 2016 through a targeted fundraising campaign.

Unlike other galleries of its size, Pallant House Gallery receives no direct subsidies from central government.

Stefan van Raay, director of Pallant House Gallery, said he was grateful and excited.

Eighteen other organisations have been granted £27.5m of grants in total.

This includes £1m for the National Portrait Gallery and £5m for the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: ‘Alongside our plans to build the fundraising capacity of smaller groups, we expect the programme to form part of a shift in approach to philanthropic giving that will help build financial resilience and attract new money to heritage groups of every size.’