Shanklin Theatre receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Shanklin Theatre receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Shanklin Theatre has been awarded £74.502 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.

Shanklin Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Commenting on the grant, Shanklin Theatre Chairman, Vic Farrow said:

“Having saved Shanklin Theatre from closure over 10 years ago, both the Theatre and its volunteers have worked extremely hard to establish it as a major venue on the UK theatre circuit.  Following our application to the Culture Recovery Fund back in August, we were delighted to hear that this application had been successful. Receiving the grant will go some of the way towards meeting the shortfall in our operational costs and hopefully, until such times as we are able open again and resume a regular programme for our audience.”

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.”

Vic Farrow – October 2020