North London venues safe Arts Council grants


Numerous North London organizations have been awarded Arts Council grants over the next three years, with funding benefiting those working with marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

While existing venues such as The Roundhouse, Almeida, Hackney Empire, Kiln, Sadlers Wells and Arcola receive the same – or increased – funding, there are new awards for The Jewish Museum in Camden Town, The Postal Museum in Islington, and Deaf Rave in Hackney , which organizes music evenings for the deaf and hard of hearing.

A total of £431m will go to 258 creative and cultural organizations across London over three years.Ham & High: The Graeae Theater Company of Kingsland Road Hackney has been awarded an Enhanced Arts Council GrantThe Graeae Theater Company of Kingsland Road Hackney was awarded an increased Arts Council grant (Image: Andreu Androver)

ACE executives said they were aiming for wider distribution – driven by Londoners’ desire to see quality cultural events where they live – including those underserved by previous funding or unable to access the arts.

There is also a government directive to shift funding to ‘levelling’ areas, with some London organizations receiving transfer funding to relocate outside the capital.

Tonya Nelson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: “Our aim has been to support a wide range of organizations and art forms in all corners of London, with a clear focus on ensuring investment flows to places that are historically have seen underserved, including the outskirts of London. Funding these new organizations will help us inspire the next generation of artistic talent and expand opportunities for people of all communities and backgrounds.”Ham & High: Orchestras for All, based in Primrose Hill, was funded by the Arts Council in 2022Based in Primrose Hill, Orchestras for All was funded by the Arts Council in 2022 (Image: Courtesy of Orchestras for All)

Kiln Theater in Kilburn, its annual grant has been increased to £945,901 to support its Creative Engagement Program in schools and the community, the development of new writers and productions for local audiences.

art depot in North Finchley has registered £307,290 in annual support for its program of exhibitions, festivals, artist residencies and creative sessions for over 60s and young people.

Black owned an independent bookstore and publishing house Jacaranda Books receives new £150.00 per year and The Jewish Music Institute which celebrates and develops the living legacy of Jewish music, has received £128,000 to expand its youth education programme. Meanwhile TThe Jewish Museum in Albert Street was awarded £224,000 to expand its curriculum and exhibitions dealing with issues of migrant belief and culture.Ham & High: Troi Lee by Deaf Rave, which was awarded an Arts Council grant for the next three yearsTroi Lee of Deaf Rave, who has received an Arts Council grant for the next three years (Image: SiA)

“At the heart of her work will be bringing communities together and addressing societal issues such as racism, anti-Semitism and community cohesion through creativity and culture,” ACE said.

Camden Arts Center in Hampstead receives £600,000 annually for its educational courses and contemporary exhibitions, and The English Folk Dance and Song Society £300,000 a year for its diverse music events. Also based at Cecil Sharp House on Primrose Hill, is orchestra for everyone which supports at-risk young musicians and receives £300,000 under the transfer scheme. Tonya Nelson said it “aspires to provide new music-making opportunities for young people of all places and backgrounds – with a focus on those suffering from economic hardship, health problems and other disadvantages”.

Executive Director Nick Thorne thanked ACE for believing in our vision of breaking down barriers to enable all young people to have the life-changing experience of making music together. Thank you to every single person who has supported us, but special mention to the young people who inspire me every day with their passion, energy and enthusiasm that pushes boundaries.”

Poems in the Underground started by a group of Hampstead poets to add verse to tube billboards, is being rewarded at £53,675 a year. The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, which hosts childhood-themed exhibitions, and The Postal Museum in Clerkenwell both received a new £150,000 a year to expand their innovative programs for families.

Jackson’s Lane in Highgate earned £132,000 to support its community education and contemporary circus programs and Latinolife A Latin American magazine and events company founded by Crouch End’s Amaranta Wright is being given new funding of £125,000 a year to allow them to continue events such as the free LatinoLife in the Park festival at Finsbury Park.

The George Padmore Institute At Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park is also newly funded with £73,000 annually for its educational research and information center and archives relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent and its vibrant program of literary events, exhibitions and workshops.

The National Youth Theater on Holloway Road, the Almeida Theaterand Cubbitt Artist are among those continuing to receive support in Islington with new funding of £175.00 Company Threebased near Holloway Road, offering creative opportunities to teenagers and young people, including co-creating exciting new plays with youth theater groups.

There is £150.00 for this Marsma an events producer and digital platform for the music culture of the Arabic-speaking world, including jazz, hip-hop, electronic, devotional and pop. The increased funding of £143,500 goes to Aurora Orchestra to create musical experiences from school classrooms to nightclubs to world-class performance venues, blending movement, theatrical lighting design and storytelling.

In Hackney there is increased funding for the renowned theater company Graeae on Kingsland Road, which supports the work of deaf and disabled artists. art of counterpoint A Hoxton-based charity that supports migrant and refugee creativity and coordinates the annual Refugee Week also saw funding increase to £106,472.

A new £117,000 award went to Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation a music organization founded by grime artists Rapid and Slix in Hackney Bridge to support young people from lower socioeconomic and marginalized groups to fulfill their potential in creative careers.

And £122,000 goes to Hackney Tauber Rave providing creative ways for the deaf community to produce, perform and experience music through sign songs and visual performances.

New £99,000 coming to Tropical Islands who creates carnival arts tutorials for children and their families; Designing and making costumes, working with professional choreographers and disadvantaged children and creating performances with socially excluded youth.

£169,000 of increased funding goes to Shoreditch Based Present a performing arts company that tours the work of visually impaired people and helps them build careers in the cultural sector.

£192,431 a year goes to Hackney VitalXposurea theater company that creates and tours work inspired by the stories of marginalized voices, helping to break down barriers for deaf, disabled and neurodivergent creatives.

Also in Hackney, Access to all areas and funded £254,000 to make theater more accessible to artists and audiences with learning disabilities, autism and neurodiversity, and nurture creative talent through a professional development programme.