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Corby Cube joins National portfolio

  • Date: 17 May 2011
  • Artform: None
  • Area: Midlands
Cube shaped building at sunset Corby Cube will join the National portfolio from April 2012, photo: courtesy of Corby Cube.

From April 2012, Corby Cube will become a national portfolio organisation and will receive more than £162,000 over a three-year period.

Working alongside Royal & Derngate Theatres in Northamptonshire, Corby Cube is one of seven organisations in the East Midlands to receive regular Arts Council funding for the first time.

Corby Cube opened its doors for the first time in November 2010, following five years of planning and fundraising. Designed by architects Hawkins\Brown at a cost of £30 million, the building includes 445-seat theatre The Core, offers a wide-ranging programme for the current and growing population of Corby and forms part of the newly regenerated town.

Corby is an area of low engagement in the arts (Active People survey December 2010,) it is also part of the MKSM (Milton Keynes South Midlands) growth area, which will see a significant rise in population during the next 10-15 years and an increased demand for cultural facilities.

Chris Sudworth, Creative Director at The Core said: 'The last five months have been exciting times at The Core, since we opened our doors in November. We've staged our own Christmas show Hansel and Gretel, we've got our vibrant Get Involved programme of workshops and activities up and running, and hosted a wide range of shows, by visiting artists and local community groups. We're really pleased that Arts Council England recognises the quality of the work we have done so far, and we appreciate the continued support of our local funders, audiences and participants. We recognise the need to work closely with other arts organisations in these difficult times, as we put our plans for the future into action.'

Peter Knott, Arts Council England, said: 'It's wonderful to welcome Corby Cube as a national portfolio organisation and it is recognition of the efforts of all the partners coming together, as well as a real success story for local people.

'Arts and culture are at the heart of Corby Cube and the building represents the regeneration of the town. We are delighted that the Arts Council is playing a part in making this happen.'