NEWS: Artist Opportunity

North Kesteven District Council are commissioning an artist in residence for the Heritage Lottery Funded Project ‘Rescuing Mrs Smith’s Cottage: a unique slice of bygone Lincolnshire Life.’

Based in the village of Navenby (situated on the Lincoln Cliff) in Lincolnshire the residency will lead to the creation of a unique contemporary work or series of works inspired by the life of Mrs Smith, her Cottage and collections and the local community.

Expressions of interest are required by 5pm on Tuesday 28th May 2019. For more details click here.

About Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Mrs Smith’s Cottage is set to be brought back to life, giving people the chance to sample life in early 20th century Lincolnshire, thanks to National Lottery Players.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the largest heritage funder in the UK, has confirmed a second stage grant of £403,800 to enable the project to continue and the restoration to take place.

North Kesteven District Council, owners of the cottage in Navenby, had to close the site to visitors in 2012 with concerns over its structural safety.

In 2016, the authority was fortunate enough to receive a first stage grant from HLF to allow exploratory works to take place to discover the extent of the damage to the roof in particular and allow a proposal to be formulated about how the cottage could be restored effectively and become a successful visitor attraction once again.

Now the second stage funding has been approved, the restoration, made possible thanks to National Lottery, will be able to continue, with a re-opening expected to take place in late 2019.

A website is available to keep people up-to-date with the project’s progress, events and volunteering opportunities. You can find the website at

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