Arts Council increases investment in Essex arts and culture by £1m per year

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Arts Council increases investment in Essex arts and culture by £1m per year

NEW organisations joining the portfolio include Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the Society of Chief Librarians

Eleven arts and cultural organisations in Essex will together receive £18,852,012 over four years, as today (27 June 2017) Arts Council England announces the 105 South East-based organisations that will be in the 2018-22 National Portfolio – reaching more people in more places than ever before with ambitious art and culture.

In Essex:

There will be 11 National Portfolio Organisations for 2018/22:

Funding shown is for the full four years and includes any additional funding awards

Colchester Arts Centre – £762,780
NEW Colchester and Ipswich Museums – £797,000
Colchester Mercury Theatre Ltd – £3,109,512
Creative & Cultural Skills – £1,914,800
NEW Essex Cultural Diversity Project – £600,000
Firstsite Ltd – £3,258,108
Focal Point Gallery – £745,536
Kinetika People – £495,400
Metal Culture Ltd – £2,261,512
ROH Bridge – £2,907,364
NEW Society Of Chief Librarians – £2,000,000
Additional investment

Creative & Cultural Skills and Kinetika People have both been awarded increased investment for exciting, new additional work. Creative & Cultural Skills will receive £208,700 additional funding to build on the momentum generated by the Creative Employment Programme through a new apprenticeship scheme. Kinetika People will receive £25,000 additional funding to enhance its local impact in and around Thurrock.

An increased investment of £1,082,955 per year* reflects the depth and breadth of the county’s exciting cultural offer and highlights the Arts Council’s continuing commitment to investing more money than ever before outside London.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England said: ‘This is an exceptionally strong portfolio of organisations delivering great arts and cultural experiences to audiences throughout the East and South East of England. Our investment will support inventive, pioneering arts organisations, a range of museums and arts activity in libraries. It will reach into more places than ever before, providing more people of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to participate in the arts – inspiring them as artists, as audiences, or as a mix of both.

“We are delighted to significantly increase our investment in Essex with some exciting new organisations joining the portfolio. All of our National Portfolio organisations will play an essential role in reaching more people, developing local, national and international talent, and making where they’re based great places to live, work and visit.”

The National Portfolio

The new National Portfolio consolidates and builds on much of the exceptional work done by East and South East arts and cultural organisations during the current three year (2015-18) funding agreement. The new portfolio also invests in a wider range of organisations than ever before, giving more people in more places the opportunity to experience exciting art and culture on their doorstep.

Reaching new communities and supporting creative talent
Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the Society of Chief Librarians will be new the National Portfolio, adding to the exciting mix of arts and cultural organisations that will receive investment during 2018-22.

From Colchester and Ipswich Museums wonderful venues and collections, which cover thousands of years, and the Society of Chief Librarians development work with library services across the country, through to Essex Cultural Diversity Projects’ work with diverse local communities and artists, our investment will support some extraordinary work throughout 2018-22 and reach many more people.

The awards are one strand of Arts Council England’s total investment in arts and culture during 2018-22, which also includes the National Lottery funded Grants for Arts and Culture scheme and strategic funds used to support targeted programmes of work that deliver the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, Arts Council England’s 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.

Capital success for Focal Point Gallery

With the support of £495,000 from the Arts Council’s Capital Grants programme, Focal Point Gallery will work with The Beecroft Trust to convert the former Beecroft Art Gallery into rentable workspace for artists, a community gallery and workshop space.

* Compares 2017/18 investment with proposed 2018/19 investment.

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