Many of Exeter’s arts and heritage organisations including DMF Music, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, Le Navet Bete, Kaleider and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), will receive support from the Cultural Recovery Fund to help the organisations recover and reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Grants and loans
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded nationally 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 Exeter’s cultural organisations 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 in the transition back to normal operations in the months ahead.
Director of Exeter Culture, Dominic Jinks, told the PRSD: ‘I’m delighted to see that a range of Exeter based organisations have benefited from the Cultural Recovery Fund. This is testimony to the quality of the organisations in our city and a much-needed boost to them following what has been an incredibly turbulent year for cultural organisations.’
Daniel Buckroyd, artistic director and chief executive of Exeter Northcott said: ‘This is very welcome news. The financial impact of prolonged closure is devastating for so many cultural organisations and we expect to feel the impact for years to come. With this investment, we can re-build our business and create much-needed opportunities for the many freelancers and artists who need our support and will be essential for ensuring Devon is a thriving, dynamic and creative place.’
A place of escape
Camilla Hampshire, museums manager and cultural lead of RAMM said: ‘We are delighted to be receiving this much-needed funding, which will enable us to invest in getting visitors back into the museum, and re-engaging with local people when we open our doors again. RAMM plays a vital role in Exeter’s post-Covid recovery. It is a place of escape from the daily stress and struggle of the pandemic, and we will be able to use this funding to establish RAMM as a place of healing and recovery, re-connecting people with their history, their city and each other.’
Community at heart
Patrick Cunnigham, director of Exeter Phoenix said: ‘The outcome of this funding is great news for Exeter Phoenix and for our cultural partners in the city. Our community is at the heart of everything we do, and so we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back for a wide variety of live events and creative activity throughout the summer and beyond.’
Nick Bunt, co-artistic director, Le Navet Bete said: ‘This will allow us to move forward with an exciting array of new opportunities for us, artists and audiences in the city, region and beyond. We look forward to being back on stage very soon!’
Nikki Sved, Theatre Alibi’s artistic director said: We’re fortunate that we don’t have the same fixed costs as some organisations, so we didn’t apply for Recovery Funds, but we’ve been rooting for those that did and we’re delighted and relieved that so many cultural organisations in the city have been offered a much-needed lifeline.
Katie Keeler executive producer Kaleider: ‘This funding is fantastic news because it will allow us to keep our staff team intact and continue making new work to tour across the UK and globally. We had several artworks mothballed last year at the last moment due to festivals being cancelled, in one case even after being shipped to Australia. This funding will help stabilise the company and make sure these artworks are seen by audiences when restrictions finally lift.’
The Cultural Recovery Fund money 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.
Torquay and Paignton will receive £273,765 to support cultural and heritage organisations as they reopen and recover from coronavirus.
The four groups in Torquay and Paignton set to benefit from this funding are:
- Jazz Hands CIC (Runs Palace Theatre, Paignton) £28,070
- The Foundry, Torquay £85,000
- Babbacombe Theatre £79,195
- Kents Cavern Ltd £81,500
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