The Hub at St Mary’s to receive £31,600 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Published on: Tue, 06/04/2021 - 13:56

The Hub at St. Mary’s in Lichfield has received a grant of £31,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including The Hub in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The Hub is a multi-use arts space committed to creating and showcasing great art for everyone. This award will be used to offer a diverse programme of high quality art, music and theatre events for our local community to enjoy and will also allow us to provide much needed work for local artists. Over the summer months we will be holding some outdoor activities, providing free accessible Covid-safe arts for everyone.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

"Anthony Evans, Creative Director of The Hub said: "Much has been said about the impact of the pandemic on the theatre and arts industry and it's been a difficult time, so we welcome this government support.

"People have been cooped up at home all winter and with little arts and culture to look forward to, so everyone at The Hub is excited to be able to offer some much needed fun for everyone in the community. Most of all we are delighted to be able to use this money to pay freelancers and artists, whose livelihoods have been affected over the last year."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

"We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.