North London arts venues have been awarded Covid cash for restoration


7:00 AM November 20, 2021

Museums, galleries, music venues and theaters across north London have received further government grants to help them through the pandemic.

London’s share of the most recent Culture Recovery Fund cash was £34.7million – with £518,793 for organizations in Haringey, £4.1million in Camden, £2.25million in Hackney and more than £3.7million in Islington.

Jeremy Haneman conducts the Mixed up Chorus, Sing For Freedom and Sing For Our Lives choirs at the Union Chapel
– Credit: Together Productions

The awards are broken down into continuity support grants to help organizations restart events and emergency resource support for those facing imminent financial failure – including Ruby’s Bar in Dalston and immersive theater company Rogue Productions in Islington

Grants awarded by Arts Council England, Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute include Hampstead Theater (£231,400), Almeida Theatre, Islington (£287,000), Park Theatre, Finsbury Park (£125,000 ), the King’s Head Theater Islington (£155,985) Little Angel, Islington (£71,379) Kiln Theatre, Kilburn (£182,000) Jacksons Lane, Highgate (£100,000) Regent’s Park Theater (£730,755) and The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton (£85,000 £)

Rose Design, Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theater at NW3 Eton Avenue
– Credit: Daisy Hutchison

Music venues that may benefit from grants include The Macbeth in Hoxton, The Jazz Cafe and Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, Islington Assembly Hall, The Union Chapel, Spiritual Bar in Chalk Farm and Village Underground in Shoreditch.

The Cribs gig took place at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town

Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom is one of the live music venues to receive a recent grant from the Culture Recovery Fund
– Credit: Archant

Other venues and organizations receiving support included more than £375,000 for the Holloway-based National Youth Theatre, £36,266 for the Jewish Museum in Camden Town, £37,480 for the Kentish Town-based Clean Break Theatre, which features women in the criminal justice system works, and £166,000 for Shoreditch Town Hall.

Tonya Nelson, from Arts Council England, said: “Across the city we have already seen how funding has helped our theatres, music venues and other cultural organizations survive the pandemic. Further investment will help these popular organizations adapt to this new landscape and continue to provide incredible cultural experiences both internationally and for our local communities.”

Michael Chandler, CEO of the Union Chapel Project, which received more than £156,000, said the grant would help them develop a sustainable business for the future, deliver innovative work and nurture new talent: “This funding provides an important lifeline for us as a venue and as a charity as we continue to manage the financial impact of Covid. 2021 has been an incredibly tough year for Union Chapel and our communities. We look to the future and commit to using our vibrant space to help our communities reconnect. Overcome the challenges they faced and let our stories uplift you.”

Muswell Hill author and poet Michael Rosen praised the Little Angel Theater in Islington: “When my children were little, Little Angel was a cultural delight to their world of history and makes storytelling a living, tactile experience. The Little Angel has also performed plays and stories of mine and it is a privilege to know that their puppetry brought my works to life. This funding allows employees, artists, freelancers and audiences to benefit from their high-quality cultural work.”