We are happy to announce that we have received a grant of £180,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Out There Arts in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
This money will help us continue to move forwards together with artists, audiences and communities in a sustainable and efficient recovery as well as further develop our every expanding portfolio of work on the local, national and international stage.
Out There Arts Chief Executive & Creative Director Joe Mackintosh, said:
“The work of Out There Arts wouldn’t be possible without the generous support we have received through grants and donations and the ever creative force that is our team, trustees, audiences and our communities. This additional support through the Cultural Recovery Fund will instill us with the confidence to thrive.
We our proud to have continued to work with artists in our residencies programme, and engage with our audiences through a variety of events throughout a year that has been extremely difficult for us all. This funding will help further develop the Out There Festival and the National Centre for Outdoor Arts and Circus, engaging the widest possible new audiences with a huge range of arts experiences as we emerge from lockdown restrictions.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for us and other organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.