Artsadmin awarded £232,379 from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Artsadmin is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £232,379 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to reactivate our artistic programme and transition to reopening our building, whilst giving crucial support to artists and creative freelancers.
This grant is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund and Artsadmin is one of over 2,700 cultural and heritage organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans, the Culture Secretary announced today.
The grant to Artsadmin will enable vital paid opportunities, employment and free studio space for over 80 artists and freelance creatives over the coming three months. These funds enable us to restart our artistic programme in collaboration with partners like Shubbak and many artists; to open up Toynbee Studios’ rehearsal spaces and café in a Covid-secure and community-focused way; and create accessible digital engagement opportunities for audiences that can’t travel to our building in Aldgate East.
“We’re over the moon to have received this #HereForCulture grant. We’ll be able to welcome artists into the building, supporting them with studio space and fees to make new work; we’ll be able to open our café for a new partnership venture with Bangladeshi creative company, Oitij-jo Collective; we can open our doors to audiences from the local community and beyond. We can also plan our longer-term transition to being fully open as an inclusive, accessible, animated arts hub in the heart of Tower Hamlets.”Deborah Chadbourn, former Executive Director, and Róise Goan, Artistic Director, Artsadmin
“Artsadmin has been a vital part of my growing my artistic practice and in developing an ethics of care and accountability in the ways we work together, both institutionally and interpersonally. A central artery to creative life in east London, artists and communities need this arts space. I am so thrilled Artsadmin have received Cultural Recovery Fund funding and can continue to grow and flourish with their artists and audiences.”Ama Josephine Budge, writer, artist and curator, The Apocalypse Reading Room, which is coming to Toynbee Studios from July-September 2021.
“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.Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden
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.”
“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.Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England
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.”
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