Venues and organisations, including Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC), are to receive a share of government arts funding. The East Yorkshire based multi-arts venue was among 1,385 theatres, museums and cultural organisations across England which have benefited from a £257million grant – the largest chunk of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund to date.
PAC, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year, has been awarded £130,209 to secure its long term sustainability. The venue, which has played host to the likes of Joan Armatrading, John Bishop, Shed Seven, Sarah Millican and The Shires, will also use the funding to increase its artist output under social distancing restrictions, with a reduced capacity.
The crucial lifeline against the financial effects of coronavirus comes after cultural organisations initially applied to Arts Council England for support in August. Other organisations to receive funding include the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, London’s Young Vic and the Halle Concerts Society in Manchester, as well as many other groups and venues. Today’s recipients are venues and organisations who applied for less than £1m with future releases of up to £3m going to larger organisations in the future.
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”. The money is from the Treasury but distributed by Arts Council England. Sir Nicholas Serota, the latter’s chair, said : “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences.”
A delighted Venue Director Janet Farmer commented “I am thrilled and relieved that PAC has been awarded funding from the CRF. It is recognition that the venue plays a significant role in the cultural landscape of our region. It certainly supports us going forward during these extraordinary times. My thanks goes to Chris Sherrington, Mark Davyd and Beverley Whitrick from the Music Venue Trust for their continued support throughout this process”.