A number of Bath’s iconic arts organisations have received a total of £2.2m from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
Wera Hobhouse offered her congratulations to the many successful organisations and groups in Bath, including the Theatre Royal, The Holburne Museum and Komedia. She said:
“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our city. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“I have been lucky enough to work with many of these outstanding organisations, most of whom came together at the local arts conference I hosted in February. This gathering helped generate fruitful conversations and collaborations that have continued ever since. Our arts community provides a beacon of hope for the future of our city, and I’m glad that the government has listened to the calls for support that I and many others have been making in Parliament."
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.”