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Three West Midlands organisations have been awarded funding though the Arts Council’s small scale capital scheme

  • Date: 22 January 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Three West Midlands organisations have been awarded funding though the Arts Council’s small scale capital scheme

  • The Courtyard
  • African Cultural Exchange
  • Ikon Gallery

In addition, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company have been successful in the first stage of the application process for a large scale capital grant and have been invited to apply in the second stage.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard will receive a grant of £314,400 to increase the sustainability, resilience and innovative capacity of their building by investing in a range of vital projects, helping them to develop their venue for the future, offering facilities which reflect the professionalism of the organisation and enhance the experience of all of their partners.

African Cultural Exchange

The African Cultural Exchange will receive a grant of £250,000 to help create a vibrant and accessible dance hub for Birmingham and the Midlands - bringing artists, arts participants and audiences together. This will be achieved through reorganisation and refurbishing of the building. The refurbishment will improve the facilities for staff and performers and make the building more energy efficient.

Ikon Gallery

The Ikon Gallery will receive a grant of £457,387 for a programme of improvements to replace, repair and modernise parts of Ikon's Grade 2 listed building. This work will contribute to organisational efficiency, resilience and sustainability by investing in capital and energy-saving improvements that will reduce costs and directly protect Ikon’s ability to showcase world class art.

Ros Robins, Regional Director, Arts Council England West Midlands said: ‘Arts Council England is delighted to be able to announce these three, small scale capital awards. The capital awards will help to make the regions arts venues more sustainable and accessible to future generations and welcome even more audiences to the region’

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has been successful in the first stage of the large-scale capital funding programme and will be invited to complete a stage two application. This detailed application will be assessed for a grant of up to £1,420,078. The Capital grant would invest in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s public facilities and core infrastructure to improve resources available for multiple users and underpin longer-term sustainability for their partners.

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet has been successful in the first stage of the large-scale capital funding programme and will be invited to complete a stage two application. This detailed application will be assessed for a grant of up to £1,850,000. The grant would see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Thorp Street premises be refurbished from a private rehearsal space (as designed for the company in 1990) to a sustainable and adaptable multi-purpose building fit to accommodate the work force and wide range of activities undertaken by the world class ballet company.

RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company has been successful in the first stage of the large-scale capital funding programme and will be invited to complete a stage two application. This detailed application will be assessed for a potential grant of £2,146,800 which would see the redevelopment of their costume workshop, improving the space, access and working conditions.

Ros Robins, Regional Director, Arts Council England West Midlands said: “If successful, these large scale capital grants will enable three of regions largest arts venues to continue to create and show great art for everyone, the capital awards are a great boost to the regions economy and we look forward to receiving the next stage of applications.

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