Venues receive share of Culture Recovery Fund

Cultural venues run by West Suffolk Council are among those that are to receive a share of £257 million from the government.

Both The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Apex, which has been unable to stage performances due to the need for social distancing, is to receive £250,000 as a contribution towards its loss of income, while West Stow will receive £246,500 to help cover its loss of income and recovery.

The funding, administered by Arts Council England, is the first round of funding from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “Both The Apex and West Stow are very popular cultural venues that have hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 and we are very grateful that the government and Arts Council England have both listened and recognised this through today’s funding announcement. In the meantime, we are doing our best to welcome people to limited and safe events such as our very successful Gaia exhibition at The Apex.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

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