Last week I let you know what local venues won some cash in the first phase of the Culture Recovery Fund, now the second round winners have ben confirmed.
Tamworth Borough Council has been awarded £376,150 from the Culture Recovery Fund, a fund designed to help protect arts, creative projects and cultural history.
The winning are split for two key projects in our town, £250,000 for Tamworth Castle and £126,150 for the Tamworth Assembly Rooms. The funding can be used to help with getting set up for post-pandemic events, developing for digital audiences during the pandemic and ensuring these vital local venues remain sustainable for the future.
I know the Assembly Rooms in particular has had to remain closed and the Castle has only recently re-opened for limited visitation but it is hoped that some of the money will go towards a projector in the Assembly Rooms and protective screens for the bar and box office, to allow for some live screenings. Apps, more cleaning and more outdoor seating are also being considered.
Tamworth Castle will be looking to get more of their collection archived online so that visitors and schools can still learn, even if they cannot visit as often as they could previously. Commercial opportunities for the castle are also being explored.
So keep an eye on Tamworth Arts and Events for more information, activities and events, soon.
Chris Pincher quote:
"Our local council makes a huge contribution to our town in their administration of combined arts and museums, and I do not underestimate just how challenging recent months have been.
“I am very pleased that Tamworth will receive a boost of almost £376,150 thanks to Government funding, helping organisations to plan for their eventual reopening and getting people back through the doors.
“Our Government promised to protect lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic, and this latest support will help our vital cultural institutions to build back better after COVID-19.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden quote: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England, we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations. These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota quote: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”