South London arts venues get £175m addition – South London Information


More than 80 South London organizations will receive a share of a three-year £175.8 million investment thanks to funding from Arts Council England, writes James Twomey.

The corporation invests public money from the government and the National Lottery to support the arts sector.

London is set to receive £431.2million between 2023 and 26.

There is a wider dispersion of investment in the outskirts, meaning more Londoners will benefit from creative and cultural investment.

Priority places like Croydon will get £18.8m, while more than £10.9m will go to the outskirts like Bromley.

There are 19 new organizations in South London receiving funding for the first time.

Newly funded South London organizations include the Brixton-based Pegasus Opera Company, which aims to bring opera to more people; the Garden Museum, which celebrates British gardens and gardening through a collection housed in a historic former medieval church; BLINK dance theatre, an inclusive arts company that delivers productions that are accessible to people with severe and multiple learning disabilities and autism; and Merton Library & Heritage Service, which operates seven public libraries and a Heritage & Local Studies Centre.

Organizations such as the Royal Opera House, London Transport Museum, National Theatre, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Southbank Center and Studio Wayne McGregor will continue to receive funding in the new portfolio.

Tonya Nelson, Area Manager for London at 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 that investment goes to places that are historically significant have underserved, including the outskirts of London.

“Funding these new organizations and venues will help us inspire the next generation of cultural and artistic talent and expand opportunities for people of all communities and backgrounds.”

The Government directed the Arts Council to allocate funds to areas of historically low cultural engagement and spending, shifting £24m of investment from London to the rest of the country by the end (with a particular focus on Leveling Up for Culture places). this portfolio 2023/26.

London will share in one-third of the total investment for England announced today.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said: “Today’s investment will provide new organizations with financial support and inclusion in the Arts Council England national portfolio.

“It will support many of London’s internationally renowned institutions while spreading the money more evenly across the city’s districts – bringing more culture to the doorsteps of millions.”

Pictured: Sunshine International Arts students from Loughborough Junction (Image SiA)


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