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New audience for Victorian icon
The work of a Victorian icon is to be brought to a new audience with the help of a 25,000 grant.

The money has been awarded to Grizedale Arts through the Lake District National Park Authority's sustainable development fund.

It will boost the arts group's plans to put a contemporary take on the work of Victorian poet, artist, author and critic John Ruskin.

A farm and arts research and development centre is to be set up.

'Crucial issues'

The centre aims to forge strong community links as well as looking at sustainable energy schemes, plant and species development and home-grown food production.

Grizedale Arts plans to draw expertise from around the world and look at innovative approaches to living and working in rural areas.

Work is expected to start on the development at Lawson Park in May and is due to be completed by January 2007.

Lisa Stewart from Grizedale Arts said: "We are building on Ruskin's ideas and the legacy of the site, addressing change in both the arts and agriculture, issues that Ruskin was concerned about, and are again crucial."

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