City Arts (Nottingham) receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Date published: 12 Oct 2020

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City Arts has been awarded £58,277 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it has a sustainable future.

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The charity is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Established in 1977, City Arts helps communities and artists to create and explore art of all kinds -from music to writing, from drawing to dance. Through its creative programmes, the charity inspires and supports some of Nottingham’s most marginalised people including older people with dementia, adults with complex health needs and young people experiencing loneliness & mental health issues. The organisation brings colour and joy to Nottingham’s streets, producing parades for events like Nottingham Light Night & Bulwell Arts Week, and putting on outdoor entertainment as a key partner in the Nottingham Puppet Festival.

City Arts Director, Suzannah Bedford said:

“We are delighted and relieved to have been awarded Cultural Recovery Funding and are grateful to Arts Council England. This funding allows us to retain the expertise of our staff team, who use creativity to support some of Nottingham’s most marginalised people and communities. Through our outdoor arts events we will be able to continue bringing some much-needed hope to our city’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

It will also allow us to keep our arts centre in Hockley running. The building offers space to artists who brighten our city and inspire our community, including local carnival troupe Inspire Urself. Our window-front gallery will continue to run as a free, COVID-safe, exhibition space – showcasing high quality art to thousands of people every year.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Arts Council England Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”