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£2.98million in capital awards for south west

  • Date: 1 July 2014
  • Area: South West

Arts Council England have announced seven capital awards for arts organisations in the south west.

Two other organisations were successful in their Stage I capital applications and have received an award to help towards the costs of continuing to develop their large-scale bids. 

As capital funding is a unique process with significantly higher levels of risk than our other funding programmes, there is a two stage process for large-scale bids.  This means we are able to assess the potential of Stage One applications to meet our goals before organisations spend time and money putting together more detailed plans.  This system means Stage Two applications are assessed at a well-developed stage, so we can be sure the project is well managed, financially viable, and sustainable in the longer term before we award significant levels of funding.

In Bristol

acta will receive £490,000 for extension and refurbishment of the acta centre to create a hub for community theatre at local, national and international levels, increasing audiences & participants from diverse communities.  Capital works will rationalise existing structure, creating backstage, workshops, dressing rooms, toilets, storage areas, with extension including additional rehearsal/performance space, and bar/café.

St George's Bristol was successful in their Stage One capital application and has received an award of £195,000 towards the costs of continuing to develop their Stage Two bid.  The bid will support their Open4All programme in the Grade II listed building, which aims to improve facilities and access for both able-bodied and disabled visitors; enhance artistic and educational programmes; open the grounds and historic building; and facilitate their economic sustainability.

In Cornwall

The Hall for Cornwall was successful in their Stage One capital application and have received an award of £344,995 towards the costs of continuing to develop their Stage Two bid.  The development will see a new classical three-tiered auditorium and major refurbishment of their theatre. With increased capacity and new cafe-bars, the project will secure the organisation's financial sustainability, alongside high quality product and facilities, supporting their ambition to become a regionally important theatre and cultural driver for Cornwall and the South West.

In Devon

Teignbridge District Council will receive £750,000 for state of the art technical equipment to fit out the Carlton Pavilion, a new and iconic multi-purpose arts centre that will replace the run down Carlton Theatre.  The new venue will have a flexible auditorium for performing arts, a gallery and exhibition space, a café/bar and a foyer as well as work spaces.

In Gloucestershire

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury have been awarded £250,000 to refurbish and enhance the theatre and make it fully accessible.  The building refurbishment project in partnership with Tewkesbury Borough Council will address major access issues within the building, add new facilities and improve the organisation's sustainability in the long term. 

PREMA arts centre in Uley has been awarded £216,146 to undertake essential repair work to the roof. PREMA will also use this grant to modernise their workshops to get maximum use from the spaces, reduce their carbon footprint and provide two additional free studio spaces to early-career artists.

In Hampshire

The Point has been awarded £367,187 to improve facilities and create a sustainable building.  With sustainability at the core and complemented by artist interventions, they plan to enhance their facility and increase opportunity for engagement and support of their artists, community and audiences.

In Southampton

The Nuffield Theatre has been awarded £180,000 to repair and upgrade flying, lighting and sound equipment. The Nuffield will carry out the essential work needed to produce high quality contemporary theatre for audiences in Southampton and further afield.

In Wiltshire

Salisbury Arts Centre has been awarded £195,000 to upgrade and refurbish its Grade II listed church building.  The work will enhance user experience, deepening relationships with existing audiences and artists and generating new audiences, while reducing costs and environmental impact to increase sustainability.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: 'We are delighted that nine south west organisations have been successful with their applications to the National Lottery-funded Capital programme.  This means that £2.98million will be added to the economy in the region and will significantly add to the resilience of our high-performing sector. 

By investing in the infrastructure of our arts and cultural organisations, we are helping to secure a long-term future for some of our most important regional centres and ensuring local communities in the south west continue to enjoy outstanding arts opportunities in their neighbourhoods.


A full list of all the awards in the Capital programme can be found here.