Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

ANGEL FLIES THROUGH CONTROVERSY TO WIN CASH

  • Comment
Gateshead MBC's controversial plan to erect an 'Angel of the North' sculpture has won more than£500,000 from the A...
Gateshead MBC's controversial plan to erect an 'Angel of the North' sculpture has won more than £500,000 from the Arts Council's lottery fund.

The council hopes the £584,000 windfall will ensure sculptor Antony Gormley's massive structure appears on a hilltop by the A1 early next year. The 65ft angel will have a wingspan of 175ft.

More than two-thirds of people in the north-east have already heard of the angel.

Gateshead Liberal Democrat member Noel Rippeth has mounted a 'Stop the Statue' campaign.

As well as the lottery funding, the angel has attracted £150,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, £45,000 from Northern Arts and further private sector sponsorship.

Gateshead deputy leader David Bollands said: 'The angel will become a new symbol for our region and will undoubtedly attract visitors, creating spin-off benefits for the tourism and souvenir trade.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.