By Rachael Grealish
Nine Cumbrian arts venues and businesses have been awarded over £1.1 million in the largest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.
The third round of funding will support hundreds organisations from all corners of the sector, and the country, as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, following the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cumbrian recipients are:
- Rosehill Theatre, in Whitehaven – £176,807
- Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, in Carlisle – £153,792
- Rydal Mount and Gardens, in Ambleside – £31,330
- Theatre By The Lake, in Keswick – £135,000
- The Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, in Keswick – £77,400
- Bar 32, in Workington – £24,050
- The Brewery Arts, in Kendal – £118,792
- Lakeland Arts, in Kendal – £348,783
- The Wordsworth Trust, in Grasmere – £121,783
For Rosehill Theatre the grants have been a ‘lifeline’ and are much needed as the company continues to recover.
Deanne Shallcross, Rosehill’s executive director, said: ”The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for Rosehill and we are hugely grateful to DCMS and ACE for their continued support. Without doubt they have helped save our much-loved community asset by steering us towards financial viability throughout significant, ongoing challenges.”
Deanne continued to say the team in Copeland feel ‘incredibly fortunate’, but she recognises the many venues which haven’t been successful in securing grants have futures left up in the air.
”Our cumulative total of £560,000 from three rounds of CRF and £117,500 from the Emergency Response Fund has enabled us to get back up and running, continue delivering a variety of creative experiences for the West Cumbria community, and develop plans for the longer term.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to still be here as without CRF we would have been in a very different position.
”Those who work in the creative industry – and indeed many others – continue to be hit hard by the ongoing effects of Covid and we recognise that not everyone will have been successful in their bid for financial support. Our thoughts are with colleagues across the sector and we hope everyone can make it through.”
For the Copeland theatre the grant will also go towards meeting the costs of keeping the Grade II listed theatre running through the winter and into spring 2022, so the team can continue delivering a variety of live performances, films, workshops and exhibitions, complemented by digital work and community-based activities.
More than £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5,000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.