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We've Received Funding from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund

Published: Fri 2 Apr 2021

artsdepot has been awarded £289,200 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help organisations recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

artsdepot is the only multi-space professional arts venue in the London Borough of Barnet and prior to March 2020 we welcomed 162,000 people to over 500 events each year including a wide variety of performances, exhibitions, classes and participation activities. We also provide arts activities within the community through outreach and schools projects, and support the development of new creative work through artist development initiatives. 

As we prepare to reopen on Monday 17 May, this funding will support the delivery of a programme of socially-distanced arts activities and performances providing opportunities for our community to start sharing experiences together again. Alongside this, we will continue to present activities online, including workshops for young people, performances for families, support and development sessions for artists, and creative activities delivered by post to socially isolated older people.  

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The second round of awards made today is designed to 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. 

Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot, said:

“We are extremely grateful to have received £289,200 from the Culture Recovery Fund. As we prepare to reopen, we know that arts and creative activities will play an important role in helping our community to reconnect, share experiences and process the events of the last year. 

We look forward to opening our doors next month, and to a brighter future for our community and for the arts sector.”