What is LOV?

Whatever you're interested in, whether its visual arts, crafts, dance, theatre, film, music or learning new skills through workshops, we're here to help. By working together, LOV can support and create new work, help promote local talent and give the people of Lincolnshire more opportunities to get involved with events going on in the county.

Over the past three years Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) has been developing a brand new way of working. Not only are we challenging how venues and cultural organisations work together to become stronger and more adaptable in the current economic climate but we are also looking to the future, making sure that the county's arts venues are supporting young people to be part of the cultural landscape in Lincolnshire and to create a culture shift amongst young people, schools and families in the way they access and perceive what we offer.

Through funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and support from Arts Council England the LOV Young People's Programme is engaging young people aged 12-25 in a range of projects and opportunities to give them the chance to be audience members, artists, producers and programmers within our venues...

We are more than halfway through a 3 year programme and we have been talking to and listening to local young people and the organisations that work with them, to find out the best ways to work with young people and get them involved in the programme and to look at how we can best support them to make a genuine contribution to our venues...from a mini arts festivals in Stamford and Grantham to regular music nights in Lincoln and Spalding, regular groups commissioning artists and bringing in young audiences,  putting on the first un-ticketed and free events for young people at some of our venues,  commissioning new work by young people to be projected on the side of the Usher Gallery or to commission work for young people by internationally acclaimed theatre companies...

We have done a lot of listening, a little bit of talking and a lot of making things happen. Now it is time for us to do a lot of shouting about what we've been up to....check out our Take Control pages to see what our young people have been creating within our venues.

We have achieved a lot and learnt a lot; not only about how we can work with young people but also how we can work together as a network and with external organisations...see our Opportunities pages to see our job opportunities, professional development and arists commissions available across the network.

More information on the ten venues that make up the network can be found in the drop down menu on the right of this page....

The venues jointly commission new work (both visual and performance) each year to be toured across Lincolnshire and beyond. The ten venues continue to programme individually but constantly work together to produce joint marketing and ensure that the offer across Lincolnshire is exciting and relevant to our communitites.
As a network we are keen to share our learning - from our young people's programme and from working as a consortium - and all the experience we have gained by working together since 2005. For more insight in to LOV go to our Resources pages for the Young People's Programme annual report and evaluation of the LOV network so far...


  • The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    The Collection & Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln

    The Collection and Usher Gallery is Lincolnshireʼs premier contemporary Art gallery and Museum. The buildings sit side by side in the centre of the city close to Steep Hill and enjoy spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.

  • Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

    Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

    The Guildhall is the impressive focal point of Grantham’s town centre, and the building used to be the site of the Town Hall and jail (where the UK’s first female police officer worked!) Now it’s just a top notch arts centre with a rich programme of drama, dance, music and workshops. It’s also a favourite with local amateur groups.

  • Lincoln Drill Hall

    Lincoln Drill Hall

    With a host of innovative and varied events, the Drill Hall is one of Lincoln’s most exciting venues, with a full programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature events, drama and workshops.

  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

    Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

    The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art performance and conference venue at the University of Lincoln. Opened in January 2008, the 446 seat purpose built theatre hosts a wide variety of performing arts and events including drama, comedy, ballet, contemporary dance and classical music programme.

  • Riverhead Theatre

    Riverhead Theatre

    Riverhead Theatre is a modern local community owned venue. It is maintained and run by a dedicated team made up almost entirely of volunteers and sucessfully runs a varied arts programme and participation programme

  • The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford

    The National Centre for Craft and Design

    The National Centre for Craft and Design is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of national and international craft & design. We’ve five stunning gallery spaces open all year so there’s always something to see and entrance is free, a fantastic learning programme catering for all ages and skills, a superb on-site craft and art shop, and a great café.

  • Terry O'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham

    Terry O'Toole Theatre

    TOTT is a friendly and accessible professional theatre situated at the very heart of Lincolnshire’s North Kesteven district, serving both the local community and the greater Lincoln area. The theatre stages a mixed programme of high quality professional drama, dance, music and workshops, alongside a wide range of community performances and shows.

  • South Holland Centre, Spalding

    South Holland Centre, Spalding

    At the heart of Spalding in south Lincolnshire, the South Holland Centre is a thriving modern arts centre and cinema. It mixes a busy programme of professional touring theatre, dance , music and comedy with regular youth and community performances and activities. The Centre’s cinema programme takes in everything from the latest from Hollywood, to independent and foreign language releases. The two-tier auditorium has 340 seats and there is also room hire, a café bar with great views over Spalding Market Place, and a tourist information service on site.

  • Stamford Arts Centre

    Stamford Arts Centre

    Drawing on a rich heritage dating back to the 18th Century, Stamford Arts Centre provides you with the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide selection of art forms from theatre, music and film to sculpture, dance and drawing, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  • The Embassy Theatre Skegness

    Front of theatre

    The Embassy Theatre, located on the seafront of the popular tourist resort of Skegness, is the East Coast’s premier entertainment venue. Operating all year round with a dedicated team of over 30 people, both full-time and part-time, who have a strong passion for the work they do, along with a team of very willing volunteers, we aim to bring you top class entertainment to enjoy. Our friendly team comprising of those ‘behind the scenes’ within the administration team, the Backstage crew and the Front of House and Hospitality team all strive to deliver a great night out for you in our quest of ‘keeping entertainment live’.