27 large capital projects have been awarded grants so far. A total of £99.2 million has been awarded to date. The remaining successful stage one applicants are continuing to develop their stage two applications.

Read more about the funded projects taking place across England:


High House Production Park
Award: £1 million

In partnership with Acme Studios, High House Production Park plans to develop more than 40 new affordable artist studios, providing high quality spaces for artists, including work/live, workshop, project and private spaces, on the Production Park site in Purfleet, Thurrock.

East Midlands

Richard Attenborough Centre
Award: £600,000

To create a modest extension  for the display and interpretation of contemporary visual art currently only possible in a small corridor gallery. Building on our commitment to inclusivity and access, there will be two flexible gallery spaces, a sculpture court and much needed storage space to declutter the existing building.

Nottingham Playhouse Trust
Award: £916,223

Nottingham Playhouse is a Grade II* listed building. This award supports necessary refurbishment and improvements to access and energy usage to enable the organisation to utilise its resources more efficiently, enhance the audience experience and significantly improve sustainability and resilience.


Art Services Grants Ltd (SPACE Studios)
Award: £1,266,175

SPACE Studios is England's largest studio provider for visual artists with a community of over 700 studio artists across 19 sites in London. This project will bring four core buildings within the SPACE Studios estate up to standard. Reducing on-going maintenance needs, retain and diversify artist tenants and reduce energy costs.

Contemporary Dance Trust
Award: £581,518

This grant will help deliver energy savings of at least 28.5 per cent through improvements to heating and building management systems, energy efficient lighting and replacement windows. This will improve the physical environment of the theatre and allow greater flexibility through an air-conditioning upgrade and new seating and to future-proof the theatre against changes in Health and Safety legislation through the construction of two new catwalks.

English National Opera
Award: £2,154,651

The project includes refurbishment and replacing and upgrading essential technical equipment, including  backstage improvements and the purchase of performance-critical equipment. It will improve conditions for artists and crew, bring technical capability up to international standards to enable greater international partnerships, and increase resilience and sustainability.

Half Moon Young People's Theatre
Award: £660,479

This award is for the second phase of a three phase capital project which will create a more accessible and welcoming venue, provide improved facilities and reduce carbon emissions. The first phase, fully funded from other sources and now complete, reconfigured the ground floor, replaced the outdated lifts and improved the green credentials of the building. 

National Theatre
Award: £17.5 million

Proposed NT Future project to open up its South Bank building, creating new opportunities for public participation. Key aspects include a new learning centre, access to backstage areas, modernised facilities for artistic and digital innovation, more welcoming public spaces and significant improvements in environmental and financial sustainability.

Royal Opera House
Award: £10 million

A programme of improvements over four years to maintain, repair and modernise stage and rehearsal facilities, as well as its digital capacity. This will enable the organisation to increase its artistic, financial and environmental sustainability.

The Roundhouse
Award: £755,907

The money will be spent on improvements to the Roundhouse's facilities which will mean that it is able to reduce its running costs as well as the building's environmental impact. Enhancements to the Roundhouse's creative centre for 11-25 year olds and the upgrading of digital platforms will ensure that it is in a position to continue to offer relevant courses and opportunities for young people.

Sadler's Wells Foundation Ltd 
Award: £4,943,118

Sadler's Wells Theatre reopened in 1998 following a major rebuilding of the theatre. After fifteen years of hard use and high audience numbers, there is a need for a substantive repair and refurbishment programme. This award supports a range of building and infrastructure improvements.

Serpentine Gallery
Award: £750,000

A complete renovation and refurbishment of the Serpentine Gallery, the project will have two major impacts: fully upgrading climatic control and security – to ensure the Gallery can continue to show world-class art – and a transformation of the Serpentine’s public spaces into interactive venues for engaging with contemporary art.

North East

National Glass Centre
Award: £750,000

This project will refurbish and remodel the National Glass Centre, opening up the existing layout to provide better navigation around the building and more flexible gallery space. This will support the centre to deliver a richer programme of exhibitions and displays, benefitting artists and increasing visits.

North West

Manchester City Council
Award: £5.5 million

Manchester City Council is procuring a new multi-artform, digitally enabled, low carbon producing venue, the new home for a new company formed from the merger of Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company. The legal working name for the merged company is Greater Manchester Arts Centre Ltd, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society
Award: £7,500,000

The RLPO is the only UK symphony orchestra with a business model that includes the costs of running and maintaining a concert hall. This award is towards the refurbishment of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, focusing on the foyer and auditorium; demolishing and replacing the existing 1990s extension, improving back of house areas and creating a new, improved secondary performance space. 

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Award: £1,730,000

Whitworth Art Gallery is a cultural asset of the University of Manchester. This funding goes towards the costs of extending the gallery to provide two new wings together with extensive refurbishment of the current spaces, enabling Whitworth Art Gallery to double the exhibition space and public areas, protect and display more of its collections and to make them accessible to the widest possible audience.

South East

Chichester Festival Theatre
Award: £12 million

To transform its premises through the RENEW project, which looks to refurbish and extend the existing front of house and backstage areas, improve access, and increase capacity. The company plans to continue to build on its recent artistic and trading success, and to produce high-quality, internationally significant work.

New Theatre Royal Trustees (Portsmouth)
Award: £750,000

For the restoration of the stagehouse of the Grade II* listed Theatre Royal destroyed by fire in 1972 which will re-establish the theatre as a strong touring venue. In partnership with the University of Portsmouth, a new creative learning space will support the expansion of their education and outreach programme.

South West

Stroud Valley Artspace
Award: £510,000

The Stroud Valleys Artspace's (SVA) provides open access, low-cost artist workspace and creates opportunities for arts engagement and participation for a diverse range of people in Gloucestershire. This funding will go towards the final refurbishment phase of their existing premises including a new, street-facing exhibition space and refurbished open-plan studios and new media training equipment.

Tate St Ives
Award: £4 million

Tate St Ives Phase 2 will deliver extended gallery facilities which will greatly improve the artistic and learning offer to our audiences, while confirming the future sustainability of Tate St Ives as an international centre of art and exchange supporting the cultural profile of Cornwall and the South West.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Award: £5 million

To refurbish the Theatre Royal, including a front-of-house extension, access improvements and the replacement of equipment. The project will enable a broader artistic programme and a 30 per cent increase in Creative Learning participation, significantly improve front-of-house accessibility and audience circulation, and enhance resilience through reduced energy costs and increased income generation opportunities.


The Art House
Award: £1,533,544

The organisation, which helps disabled and non-disabled artists achieve equal access to visual arts opportunities, plans to create 33 new accessible spaces through the conversion and refurbishment of the adjoining Drury Lane Library, reconfiguring the current building to accommodate all artists and user groups.

Square Chapel
Award: £3,953,500

To develop their sustainability through contemporary extension to their existing building, leading up to the adjacent Piece Hall with a focus on meeting increasing demand from regional audiences and participants. This extension will house a new multi-purpose auditorium, a café/bar, an upgrade to visitor facilities to accommodate increased audiences, and level access throughout - linking the new auditorium to the existing Square Chapel building.

York Museums Trust
Award: £3,500,000

For the refurbishment of York Art Gallery to provide increased display space for contemporary work including establishing the Centre of British Studio Ceramics. The expanded gallery will have increased capacity to welcome more visitors to a greater range of exhibitions and content.