We've Received a Grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund 

Published: Mon 12 Oct 2020

artsdepot has been awarded £750,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure we have a sustainable future.

artsdepot is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. 

artsdepot is the only 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. After 5 months of closure, artsdepot re-opened on 1 September with a scaled-back programme of socially distanced performances and classes, alongside the continuation of digital projects which had run throughout the lockdown period.

This funding secures artsdepot’s future as a cultural hub for Barnet enabling the presentation of a programme of socially distanced arts activities and performances, and the continuation of a variety of outreach projects including providing work experience for students with special educational needs, delivering arts activities to the homes of those most affected by isolation caused by the current restrictions, and a creative industries insight programme for young people from challenging backgrounds.  

Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot, said: 

“We are extremely grateful to have received £750,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund. We believe that the arts enrich and connect our communities, and this funding will enable us to weather this storm and continue to share arts and cultural activities with everyone in our community. 

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and we know that the arts can provide vital opportunities for people to reconnect and share experiences. We look forward to providing ways for our community to come together to be creative, inspired and entertained.”

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