Save The Usher Gallery
This cultural gem was gifted to the City by James Usher following his death in 1921 and it opened in 1927.
Fast-forward less than 100 years and the Tory County Council, who have responsibility for operating the space, have decided that this gift should cease life as an Art Gallery and be turned into a registry office. This is a direct attack on Lincoln’s cultural history.
There Is Money To Keep It Open
The Tory County Council sits on millions of pounds of unallocated funds whilst the Labour City Council has had its government rate support grant cut from £10million per year to almost zero. This has already led to the closure of essential services and by refusing to acknowledge its obligations to the people of Lincoln, the Tory County Council is now forcing the closure of the Usher Gallery.
There is money available at the County Council to keep the Usher Gallery open, the Tories in charge simply don’t see it as important.
Standing Up For Lincoln
Labour has been campaigning alongside members from S.L.U.G (Save Lincolns Usher Gallery) to get the County Council to meet its obligation and provide affordable access to art and culture.