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Funding for arts organisations' capital projects in Yorkshire

  • Date: 22 January 2013
  • Area: North
New performance venue, Doncaster

New performance venue, Doncaster. Credit: Julian Cotton

Audiences and artists across Yorkshire are set to benefit from the investment provided by our Capital funding programme, with six organisations receiving lottery funding in this round of the programme. In addition, funding has been confirmed to two other Yorkshire organisations that were successful in an earlier round of the programme.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England, commented:

"We're delighted that audiences and communities across Yorkshire will reap the rewards of this lottery investment in arts venues. It's testament to the innovative thinking of our regional arts organisations that there have been several successful awards in the region. The fact that there's demand amongst communities for arts and cultural activity despite hard times, proves that the arts is something that people in Yorkshire really value.  

The lottery awards will help these organisations to increase their capacity, develop new programmes of work and improve the experience of audiences. All this enables arts organisations to become more resilient and sustainable so that they can continue their excellent work - creating exciting arts experiences for people across the region."

Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax has been awarded £3,953,500 to build an extension to their existing Grade II listed building which will provide much-improved facilities for audiences, artists, visitors and volunteers. It will also help the organisation expand its artistic programme, as well as offering film and live-screen showings.

The Art House, based in a purpose-built centre in Wakefield, helps disabled and non-disabled artists achieve equal access to opportunities within the visual arts. It will receive £1,300,440 to convert and refurbish the adjoining former library building. This will create an additional 33 accessible artist studios as well as public exhibition spaces.

Heads Together will receive £327,351 to develop a former Methodist chapel into a flagship broadcast and arts venue in the heart of a disadvantaged community in East Leeds. The refurbishment will help more people to get involved in the online radio station East Leeds FM. 

Project Space Leeds will receive £225,500 to help convert the first and second floors of the iconic Tetley Brewery Building in Leeds into a contemporary visual arts centre including high-quality exhibition spaces, learning and community facilities, event and retail spaces and a cafe/bar. The organisation will also look after the Tetley archive and the redevelopment will preserve heritage features such as the old boardroom and war memorials in the building.

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) will receive £148,633 to make some small structural changes to its building so it can utilise space more effectively and increase the number of flexible spaces in which it delivers its work.

Cast, Doncaster's new performance venue, will receive £499,409 for state-of-the-art theatre and technical equipment, including production lighting and audio visual kit. The venue is due to open this summer and the excellent technical specification of the performance spaces will increase Cast's ability to attract high-quality, innovative artists and performance companies.

In addition, Sheffield Theatres is applying for £1 million towards a large scheme to refurbish and improve the technical facilities of the Grade II listed Lyceum Theatre. Upgrading the theatre will enhance its capacity to tour and transfer its productions and will help attract major producers to the Lyceum, resulting in bigger audiences and a stronger, sustainable future for the organisation.

York Theatre Royal has been awarded a development grant of £211,932 to explore and plan a programme of extension and refurbishment to its existing building. The proposal includes an extension of the theatre's public spaces doubling the capacity of the café, foyer and box office.

More information about the Capital investment funding programme can be found here.


Additional Information

Notes to editors

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Capital funding

The Capital programme is funded from the Arts Council's Lottery income and is one of the ways in which lottery funding is used in flexible ways alongside Grant in aid investment. Lottery funding cannot be used to directly substitute Grant in aid and therefore cannot cover core costs for organisations.

Large capital grants

This is the first large scale Capital programme that the Arts Council has run in nine years, and the majority of the 20 successful projects across England will focus on the refurbishment or extension of existing arts buildings.

Large capital grants, intended for applications of above £500,000, are running over three rounds with a total of £214.6 million available.

A budget of £50 million was made available for this second round of funding. A budget of £50 million is available for the final round, which will open in 2013/2014. More details will be available soon.

Small capital grants

There is a total of £20 million available for this part of the programme with an available budget of £12million for this first round of funding. £8 million will be made available in the next round of funding due to open in 2013/14.

Organisations could apply for awards between £100,000 and £500,000 for work ranging from refurbishments and modernisation to the purchase of equipment such as instruments and vehicles.