England Gives Millions In Lottery Funds To Refurbish Arts Venues
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Times are tough for many of our members across Europe as government and arts agency budgets are slashed. Today however we have a piece of good news for our ISPA members in England. Enjoy the article below which details how England is giving millions in lottery funds to refurbish arts venues. The original article was written published in the Huffington Post UK on Wednesday, January 23rd, and you can read the original article on the Huffington Post website here.
In a rare piece of good news for the country's art groups, millions
of pounds of lottery money has been given out to to help refurbish
run-down theatres, galleries and cinemas.
Arts Council England (ACE) gave out small capital grants, between
£100,000 and £500,000, to 35 different organisations including the
Hackney Empire, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Ikon
Gallery in Birmingham.
A total of £11.6 million has been given out as part of the scheme which is funded by lottery money.
Hackney Empire Chief Executive Clarie Middleton said: "We take our
role as custodians of this magnificent Grade 2* building very seriously
and this grant will enable us to address a great many of the issues that
have beset the building over the last number of years including several
major leaks and subsequent damp problems.
"We also pride ourselves on being accessible and inclusive to all
sections of the community and a part of this grant will allow us to make
the building even more accessible to wheelchair users and other
disabled audience members."
ACE is also considering 20 other bids for funding of more than
£500,000 to its large capital grants fund from groups including the
Royal Shakespeare Company and the Nottingham Playhouse and the groups
involved have been asked to come back with more detailed plans.
Its Chief Executive Alan Davey said: "The UK's arts and culture
sector is the largest cultural economy in the world as a share of GDP.
"The Arts Council is working hard to ensure that this valuable
contribution continues and the capital programme is a key part of that.
This funding enables arts organisations to maintain the excellent work
that audiences across the country enjoy by providing them with
high-quality equipment and flexible working environments."
The grants come at a welcome time for the nation's art community which is facing governmental cuts of up to 100% in some areas.