We’re very happy to share that we, along with many of Exeter’s arts and heritage organisations including DMF Music, Exeter Phoenix, Le Navet Bete, Kaleider and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), will receive support from the Cultural Recovery Fund to help us recover and reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded nationally to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards made today will help us look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand in the transition back to normal operations in the months ahead.
Daniel Buckroyd, our Artistic Director & Chief Executive said:
‘This is very welcome news. The financial impact of prolonged closure is devastating for so many cultural organisations and we expect to feel the impact for years to come. With this investment, we can re-build our business and create much-needed opportunities for the many freelancers and artists who need our support and will be essential for ensuring Devon is a thriving, dynamic and creative place.’
Director of Exeter Culture, Dominic Jinks, said:
‘I’m delighted to see that a range of Exeter based organisations have benefited from the Cultural Recovery Fund. This is testimony to the quality of the organisations in our city and a much-needed boost to them following what has been an incredibly turbulent year for cultural organisations.’
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.