Organisations in the North to benefit from £2.5 million in Capital funding

Twelve organisations across the North will benefit from the last 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 audiences.

The successful organisations are:

Amber Film & Photography Collective cic has been awarded £110,000 which will help it to deliver enhanced conservation for the AmberSide Collection and, through digital equipment purchase and digital system build, secure access to a documentary collection of considerable cultural significance both internationally and locally.

Arts Centre Washington has been awarded £257,609 to upgrade and equip its main event spaces: the Gallery, Theatre and supporting facilities, to ensure artists and audiences have the best possible opportunity of experiencing the arts. These improvements will support ACW to become a thriving, sustainable and resilient arts hub.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has been awarded £275,000 to establish Lancashire’s first Digital Fabrication facility – The Making Rooms. A shared making, creating and learning space where people can bring their ideas and creativity and turn them into innovative experiences, products and ways of working, it will be based in a former bank, is situated adjacent to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery.

Dance City, through a grant of £198,608, will be able to provide for better facilities and resources for its users – visitors, artists, students and professional dance companies.  The organisation will also reduce its carbon emissions through more efficient heating and lighting delivery, making it more financially resilient too.

East Street Arts has been awarded £118,150 to reconfigure and maximise its internal space and facilities at Patrick Studios. The shared spaces and hot-desking facilities will enable artists of all artforms to mix and collaborate while the building of a new classroom and educational area will support the artists’ work in engaging with the local community.

Ferens Art Gallery‘s building improvements will ensure the long term preservation of the nationally and internationally significant art collection and Hull’s ability to secure high quality loans, whilst reducing carbon emissions and making delivery more resilient and sustainable for the future to maximise public access for all. It has been awarded £499,999.

Interplay Theatre Trust has been awarded £137,893 to improve its resilience by transforming its main space into a fully equipped performance area that is flexible to the needs of the company and the communities who use it.  This will open up new income streams and allow the organisation to expand its presence locally and nationally.

Oldham Council Libraries has been awarded £101,724 to upgrade the technical specification of the Performance Space and Children’s area in Oldham library, enabling the service to deliver the live@thelibrary cultural programme in an appropriately equipped high quality artistic venue.

Pocklington Arts Centre, through a grant of £354,597, will develop the first floor of its building, incorporating it into the venue alongside improvements and remodelling of other areas.

RJC Dance will use its grant of £113,506 to refurbish and increase capacity usage of the RJC Dance Studio and offices at the Mandela Centre, Chapeltown, Leeds to meet current environmental, ethical, health and safety standards. These improvements will benefit young people, the surrounding community and the professional dance sector.

Rural Arts has been awarded £131,192 to improve the physical infrastructure of the Courthouse including taking energy conservation measures and to support its work and reach across the region through its digital infrastructure.

The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre will use its funding of £141,608 to help transform it as a venue for live performances and screen-based art. It plans to improve its digital lighting, sound and projection equipment, environmental sustainability, financial resilience and increase access and participation and enhancing the artistic quality of the work

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