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The Hat Factory awarded £180k in Grants for the arts

  • Date: 10 January 2012
  • Area: South East
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Production image from Waterproof by Hat Factory Associate Artists How It Ended Productions. Credit: Adam Levy

The Hat Factory in Luton has been awarded £180,000 of funding through National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts from Arts Council England.

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period which engage people, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.

The grant to the Hat Factory will enable this creative performing arts centre to continue to run contemporary theatre and dance productions, provide support for developing artists and deliver new music developments for the next two years.

From 2010-11, the Arts Council has awarded more than £3m of Grants for the arts funding to theatre, dance and combined arts organisations across the East of England.

The Hat Factory's Associate Artist scheme is now in its second year and already proving itself valuable. It is helping take a range of theatre and dance professionals from across the region to the next level in their work. The support includes help to plan and execute tours of their shows, and some of the artists have received critical acclaim touring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This year's Associate Artists include Shams, who specialise in making innovative new theatre and performance and are currently touring their Reykjavik, and dancer, actor and award-winning choreographer Shane Shambu.

This new funding from Grant for the arts will allow the Hat Factory to help many more artists in their career progression.

Andy Grays, Director of Arts for Luton Culture said: 'I am delighted that the Arts Council has awarded this grant to the Hat Factory. It will enable us to continue to programme high quality dance, theatre and music as well as supporting artist development and local touring.  The Arts Council has continued to show faith in the Hat Factory and have recognised the progress we have made over several years.'S

Sara Whybrew, of Arts Council England said: 'The Arts Council is pleased to be able to support the Hat Factory through the Grants for the arts scheme. This funding will allow the Hat Factory to create a programme of work for audiences over the next two years, whilst encouraging artistic growth and mentoring from the best touring companies.

To find out more about the Hat Factory visit the website. For more information on lottery-funded Grants for the arts, follow the link to our website.