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Our history

Officially opened to the public in 2008, Lincoln Arts Centre is a contemporary, artist focused organisation at the heart of the city of Lincoln.

The Centre has acted as a place for creative exchange between artists, audiences, and academia.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s £5.9m construction was funded by University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise, East Midlands Development Agency, The European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England. Construction was completed in December 2007 and opened on 20 January 2008.

Since 2008, the building has been home to the Lincoln School of Creative Arts and has seen a multitude of artists, genres, experiences, and students walk through its doors. Growing and building upon itself to become a hub for students, staff and community members alike throughout its time.

In 2022, the organisation underwent a major review, which resulted in the Future Arts Centre project. A public project seeking to co-create a vision for the organisation that was fit for a post-pandemic world. Over 260 people took part, either in workshops online, in person or through our Future Arts Centre questionnaire. This project continue to be an active research project, which has informed and shaped our business plan 2023-26.

In 2023 Lincoln Performing Arts Centre relaunched as Lincoln Arts Centre, a multi-disciplinary public arts centre with a focus on contemporary practice in the visual and performing arts that prioritises talent development, innovation and research. In the same year Lincoln Arts Centre joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and now commissions and produces shows with professional companies and provides learning opportunities through various participation programmes, as well as hosting presented work, community hires and work fresh from University of Lincoln.

Inspired to learn with courses in Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre and more.

Lincoln School of Creative Arts students learn in our purpose-built spaces; 450-seat theatre, rehearsal studios and workshops.