The Square Chapel has been invited to apply to the Arts Council for a multi-million pound grant for a new arts centre.
The Cornerstone project, which will give the Square Chapel more performing space, is expected to cost £5.9 millon to build.
Now after being successful in the first round application of the Capital Investment Programme, the Arts Council has invited the Square Chapel and two other Yorkshire hopefuls to bid for the £3.9 million grant on offer.
Sally Martin, Director and CEO of Square Chapel, said: “We are overjoyed at today’s announcement. The proposed extension will benefit artists, visitors and audiences by providing better facilities and even more opportunities to access a diverse programme of work by the best UK and international artists.
“This is a really exciting development in the life of Square Chapel, and we would like to thank Arts Council England for their continued support.”
The Square Chapel already hosts over 40,000 people a year through its programme of theatre, music, art and community events.
The extension will be built using glass, copper, cladding and stone which designers say will complement the iconic red brick of the current building.
Should they receive the £3.9 million from the Arts Council, the Square Chapel will look to raise the remaining £2 million by seeking funding from companies, individuals and trusts, and have already received a pledge of £850,000.
Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director for Arts Council England said: “The fact that there’s demand amongst communities for arts and cultural activity despite hard times, proves that the arts and culture are something that people really value.”