ARC to receive award from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

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We are pleased to be able to share the news from the Culture Secretary today that ARC is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant awarded to ARC will allow us to continue to support artists and our local communities across Stockton and the Tees Valley, and to continue to deliver great arts activities and experiences.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded 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 organisations to 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 for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“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.

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.”

Annabel Turpin, ARC’s Chief Executive, said:

“This further support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund is fantastic news for all the artists and communities that we work with, and means we can continue to deliver amazing arts activities and experiences despite the financial challenges caused by COVID. Thank you to DCMS, Arts Council England and everyone that has played a part in keeping ARC going over the last 12 months.”

 Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“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.

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.”

The funding 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.