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Arts Council England announces the eight organisations from West Midlands awarded funding through the Renaissance Strategic support fund

  • Date: 28 March 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Arts Council England is today (Wednesday 27 March) announcing the eight organisations in the West Midlands who will receive approximately £1.9 million through the second round of the Renaissance Strategic support fund.

Overall, the Arts Council has awarded £17.8 million across the country to innovative and exciting projects, led by a wide range of museum types. A full list of the recipients of the second round of the Renaissance Strategic support fund can be found on the Arts Council website here.

Projects that have received awards include:
• Black Country Living Museum Trust – Leadership and Greater Self- Reliance in Museums

A year-long development programme for museums across the West Midlands to develop aspiring leaders and business plans, to support greater resilience in the sector.

• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Shakespeare Week

To support the development and launch of the first annual Shakespeare Week in March 2014 aimed at bringing Shakespeare to life for 3.5 million children. This will involve a wide range of cultural and heritage organisations, demonstrating the new cross-cultural landscape supported by the Arts Council.

• The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Transport Museum – Coventry Museums Strategic Development
This will support the merger of the two current Coventry museums services which together attract audiences of nearly 750,000 whilst aiming to develop long term sustainability and resilience.

The Renaissance Strategic support fund supports activity that will contribute to the Arts Council’s goals as set out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone, particularly in ensuring that museums become more sustainable, resilient and innovative, and able to attract wider audiences.

The awards are for projects commencing in April 2013, and for activity up to 31 March 2014. The Arts Council has also supported 30 awards for activity across the two years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Dawn Ashman, Senior Manager, Arts Council England said:
“Arts Council England is excited to announce the second round of Renaissance awards. The awards in the West Midlands have a real focus around sustainability and increasing engagement, two things that are particularly important at this time. I look forward to seeing the awards develop, and to watching the museum sector in the region grow and become a world class visitor attraction.”

An open application process for the third and final round of the Strategic support fund will open in autumn 2013, for activity commencing in April 2014. In this round, the Arts Council will be looking for ambitious projects that build on innovation, resilience and sustainability. Up to £8.6 million will be available.

Gary Hall, Chief Executive, Coventry Transport Museum said “I am really pleased that we have been awarded this funding from the Arts Council as it comes at a particularly important time for the future of Coventry City’s cultural offer. The forthcoming merger of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Transport Museum will create some exciting opportunities for the future so this funding will enable us to put some solid foundations in place”.

The Strategic support fund is part of Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme for regional museums in England. The Renaissance programme includes: the 16 successful Major partner museums; nine museum development providers; and a suite of National programmes including Accreditation, Designation, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the PRISM fund, support for national campaigns such as Kids in Museums and Museums at Night, and Subject specialist networks. The Strategic support fund is the final part of the Renaissance programme.