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£5.2million boost for 54 organisations across Nottinghamshire from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Funding of £5,254,644 has today been awarded through the Arts Council to support 54 organisations in Nottingham/shire as part of today’s announcement of further funding through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund – supporting theatres, galleries, museums, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring they have a sustainable future.


Organisations receiving funding in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire include:

  • Creswell Heritage Trust (£279,766) maintains the Creswell Crags Heritage Site, including its collections, caves, and museum. This funding will support them to develop projects and cultural activities aimed at welcoming back audiences as they prepare to reopen safely while continuing with online talks and digital content.
  • Newark and Sherwood District Council (£47,500) heritage and cultural services includes The Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum and Newark Castle and Victorian Gardens. Funding will allow re-opening and the development of the cultural programme including increased use of Newark Castle’s gardens, as well as creating opportunities for local artists and arts practitioners.
  • Mansfield Museum and Mansfield Palace Theatre (£60,080) The Museum hosts exhibitions, community projects and educational programmes. Mansfield Palace Theatre is a mid-scale touring venue which presents an annual pantomime, local dance schools, youth and amateur theatre. This funding will support the gradual re-opening of both sites, including youth theatre work, socially distanced and site-specific events, as well as the recruitment of a freelance producer to support a digital and temporary exhibitions programme.
  • The Motorpoint Arena (£1,000,000) is the largest live entertainment venue in the East Midlands, attracting artists who wouldn’t otherwise perform in the region and giving local people and visitors the opportunity to experience high quality music, comedy, theatre and other live shows in Nottingham. The arena has welcomed artists like Beyoncé, Coldplay and Metallica; top comedians Chris Rock and Peter Kay; West End shows such as We Will Rock You and Cirque du Soleil; tours of TV shows include Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent. This funding will allow them to develop plans to gradually reopen, including engaging with promoters and increasing audience confidence to return to venues.
  • Nottingham Media Centre Ltd – Broadway (£209,507) is an independent cinema and creative hub with workshop and office spaces. Alongside its film programme, Broadway hosts special guest events with film industry professionals and offers programmes to support learning, talent development and enterprise for people working in the creative and digital industries. This funding will support them as they gradually reopen and continue online video platforms and the Near Now Artist Development Studio with the launch of the Near Now Fellowships, offering opportunities for young people who have been impacted by the pandemic and for the local arts and tech community.
  • Nottingham Playhouse (£319,238) – Nottingham Playhouse is a leading producing theatre which creates performances throughout the year. Their wide-reaching participation programmes create life-changing experiences for the community and they also support the next generation of theatre-makers in the East Midlands through the Amplify programme. The funding will help them to reopen and offer Shine free youth theatres, Amplify, Young Company, Playhouse Platform, Encore & NT Connections. In the coming months, they have plans to revive their production of The Tempest for schools and on-line, host cultural student placements, and run two main productions – a new fully staged co-production of Piaf with a reduced number of cast members and a digital only festival.
  • Nottingham, UNESCO City of Literature– NUCoL (£32,521) works to inspire local people to read, write and enjoy words, support and showcase future generations of writers and artists, commission new work, promote literary heritage and create partnerships with schools, libraries, young people and communities. This funding will ensure they can continue operating and adapting ways of working including delivering their annual UNESCO lecture, working with NUCoL’s Youth Advisory Board, creating an adapted online ‘Freedom of Expression Lab’ as part of English PEN’s centenary programme on National Writing Day, and redeveloping their website to host audio and visual storytelling content co-produced by young people.
  • The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (£30,400) in Ollerton offers ways for people to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. There is a memorial garden alongside two permanent exhibitions – The Holocaust Exhibition, suitable for secondary school children and adults and The Journey, a text free and tactile exhibition built with younger children in mind. This funding will allow them to reopen safely.
  • The Angel (£200,000) is one of Nottingham’s longest standing grassroots music venues, with an underground chapel space which hosts live music – from rock and roll and soul to choir performances.
  • Based in the heart of the city-centre, funding will allow them to support local musicians and performers – both live and streamed – as well as the expansion of an outdoor seating and performance space.
  • Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall (£425,000) – Situated in the heart of Nottingham, the theatre hosts high quality touring work. Across both the venues, performances include internationally renowned orchestras, contemporary dance, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, family shows, stand-up comedy, orchestral music and rock and pop gigs. There’s also a wide range of workshops and education projects involving the local community. The funding will support them to create a small series of socially distanced events and performances to begin re-opening.”
  • Yippee Productions – Just the Tonic (£44,824) run comedy shows in venues throughout the UK. As well as comedy nights, they also offer opportunities for new and emerging talent to work. Funding will allow them to invest in high profile talent which will attract future audiences for a range of events planned for 2021, including both live streamed and live shows with Jimmy Carr, Al Murray, and Ed Byrne.

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Also receiving repayable finance in Nottinghamshire:

  • Nottingham Castle (£1million) is home to internationally recognised collections, which celebrates the stories of the people of Nottingham; the 17th Century Ducal Palace grounds and the sprawling cave systems hidden within the Castle Rock. This loan will ensure the Trust can continue operating and Nottingham Castle can re-open its doors, with scaled-back and socially distanced exhibitions and events, as well as developing an ambitious exhibition programme.


Secretary of State for Culture, 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.”

Martin Ingham, Chief Executive, National Ice Centre and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, said: “On behalf of everyone at the National Ice Centre & Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Arts Council England and the DCMS for their grant award from the Culture Recovery Fund. Our wonderful team of staff are longing to apply their skills, experience, creativity and sheer hard work to delivering the activity levels we enjoyed before the lights were switched off on 17 March 2020. We have truly missed the one million visitors who would have come through our doors in the past year to partake in their passions for live music, entertainment and sport.

“The CRF grant funding allows us to re-open our venue steadily and safely over the coming months and hopefully later this year we will once again be swept along with happy, cheering and singing crowds, immersed in the unique atmosphere of shared live entertainment. As the venue returns gradually to full capacity we look forward to once again being a major cultural attraction for the East Midlands and helping the region to recover economically through job creation and £40m of economic impact per annum.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “We’re delighted the Culture Recovery Fund has been able to offer support to a wide range of arts and cultural sector organisations across Nottingham/shire.

“The Government’s package is hugely welcome, providing much of the sector with resources to reopen safely. Building upon investment made in the first round of Cultural Recovery Funding, we’re pleased to see that many more well-loved community projects, theatres, galleries, museums, clubs, music venues, festivals, key cultural suppliers along with other creative spaces and projects have benefited, and their communities will feel a boost as a result. Now that we’re hopefully on the road to recovery, there is much to look forward to as organisations get ready to reopen their doors, welcoming back audiences and making plans for the future.”

Today’s announcement brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural organisations and sites.

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.

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