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Bristol arts organisations boost from the £257 million Culture Recovery Fund

Main image Bristol Old Vic by WECA.

Some of Bristol’s well-known arts venues and organisations have received a boost from Arts Council England as part of the £257 million Culture Recovery Fund.
Some £6.7 million was awarded to 29 of the city’s creative and cultural organisations – including theatres, music venues and charities.

The largest award was £888,000 given to SS Great Britain Trust followed by £885,000 to nightclub Motion Events Ltd and £732,000 to the Watershed.

The country’s oldest working theatre Bristol Old Vic , which was built in 1766, received £610,000 and St George’s Bristol £565,000.

Other organisations to benefit included Trinity Community Arts which received £329,363, Spike Island Artspace awarded £189,306 and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory which was given £50,000.

The Old Vic tweeted: “We are thrilled to have been given a lifeline from the #CultureRecoveryFund today. This crucial funding will support our immediate future, help us plan our recovery and allow us to begin making work with the creative workforce who have been so acutely affected by the pandemic.”
The announcement was for Round 1 of grant applications for funds of under £1 million.

Venues which applied for over £1 million of funding will find out if they have been successful in the coming weeks.

Area Director of Arts Council England South West, Phil Gibby, said: “The Arts Council have been hard at work administering this share of the Government’s £1.57 billion towards the cultural sector over the past few months during this challenging time for us all, so I am pleased that we are able to announce support for 172 much loved cultural organisations in the south west through this first round of funding today. 

“Arts and culture brings communities together and helps to enrich our lives – and this funding will help keep that alive, now and for generations to come – we are here for culture.”

The report and grant award data are available on the Arts Council England website.