Capital funding of £2,835,498 awarded to organisations across the North

Ten organisations across the North will benefit from the latest round of the Arts Council’s Small Scale Capital awards, our programme that invests in buildings and equipment to increase organisations’ resilience and enable them to offer improved experiences for both artists and the public.

The successful applicants are:

Craven District Council will receive £250,000 to refurbish the facilities in the Concert Hall in Skipton Town Hall, enabling it to be more ambitious in its programming, live stream national performances and broadcast Concert Hall performances to remoter, rural communities.

Cumbria Theatre Trust (Theatre by the Lake) will receive £100,000 to help it reduce its environmental impact by investing in an industrial unit for storage of scenery and stage equipment, replacing gas boilers with energy efficient condensing boilers and the initial transition of stage lighting from tungsten to energy efficient LED.

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust aims to provide a network of community-owned capital assets such as the Winter Garden Project which combines an indoor garden an artists’ live/work residency space with community meeting space. It has been awarded £249,619 for this major new collaboration with Turner-Prize nominated collective Assemble.

Highlights Rural Touring Network, which applied on behalf of four northern rural touring schemes, will receive £113,034 towards improvements such as portable sound, lighting, tiered seating, live streaming equipment, stage backdrops and signage. The improvements will help to provide better facilities for emerging companies, their audiences and help to build resilience for the future.

Kala Sangam has been awarded £267,136 for essential refurbishment work to St Peter’s House, its base/arts facility in central Bradford. These works will increase Kala Sangam’s trading income, reduce energy costs and improve the company’s overall sustainability and resilience.

Middlesbrough Council has been awarded £499,999 towards technical and performance infrastructure to support the development of the Town Hall as a flagship performance venue in the Tees Valley.  The project is part of a wider £8m restoration and refurbishment of the building.

More Music‘s (£169,711) project will consolidate previous investment in its building, the Hothouse. It will complete urgent repairs; refurbish and refit rooms to make better use of space; improve the environmental impact of its operations and procure much needed resources and equipment, including digital equipment, to support participants, audiences and artists.

Northern Broadsides has been awarded £251,000 towards its work to improve facilities at Dean Clough, Halifax, by installing an infra-red assisted listening system, provide safer audience access and spaces for wheelchair users.  It will concentrate on health and safety aspects needing attention and re-fit and extend the dressing rooms to create a habitable, multi-purpose space.

Unity Theatre has been awarded £435,000 towards work that will open out the foyers, create a new entrance and enable environmental, access, technical and digital improvements which will make Unity creatively energised, resilient and sustainable.

Walk the Plank has been awarded £499,999 to help it merge two of its key premises onto a single refurbished site at Cobden Street in Salford, that will bring together the organisation’s delivery team, outdoor arts practitioners and management team during 2017. The new home will also include a dedicated creative learning and making hub for outdoor arts in the UK.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:  “We’ve seen applications from organisations of all sizes, from far and wide, and it’s fantastic to be able to support their ambitions through our small-scale capital programme. This funding provides support to get many vital projects off the ground, ensuring the successful applicants have the right facilities and equipment to support and deliver their excellent work across the country.”

A total of £10.8 million has been awarded to 39 arts organisations across England in this round of funding. Find further details here.


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