Prism Arts Awarded Art Council Funding

An arts charity in Carlisle will continue as a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England.

Prism Arts founded 1987 provides creative opportunities for young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism, or additional needs.

In the latest announcement from the Arts Council England the charity will receive £51,544 for the next three years.

Ian Chapman, Chair of the Board said: “Sustaining our NPO is a fantastic result and I commend the team for their hard work in achieving this.

“I am delighted to be leading the board over this exciting time as we continue to develop Prism Arts as a truly inclusive organisation at every level.”

In the last year, they helped over 2,500 individuals define their own goals and ambitions through a series of creative projects across a range of art forms, leading to a growth in independence, confidence, and improved well-being.

Catherine Coulthard, Creative Strategic Director said: “It has been an extremely difficult few years for our communities, for Prism and for the sector.

“We will continue to work our socks off to collaborate with, and champion the work of learning-disabled artists, communities and creatives in our area and beyond.”

They are not the only arts and cultural venue to be included as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation with thirteen venues in Cumbria with Tullie House also in Carlisle, The Theatre by the Lake, Rosehill Theatre, Art Gene Limited, Eden Arts, Grizedale Arts, Highlights Productions, Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Lakes Arts Festivals Ltd, Octopus Collective Ltd., Signal Film and Media and The Ashton Group Theatre.

If you would like to know more about the work they deliver, or how you can support Prism Arts you can exploe their website