The Hub at St Mary’s receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Published on: Tue, 13/10/2020 - 13:44

The Hub at St Mary’s receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

The Hub at St Mary’s has been awarded £64,126 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

The Hub at St Mary’s is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Hub is Lichfield’s newest venue and opened above Lichfield Library last year. It has been a welcome addition to the City’s cultural offer, with an exciting and eclectic programme of events for all ages and backgrounds. It has unfortunately been unable to proceed with any events since March due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

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.”

Creative Director, The Hub at St Mary’s, Anthony Evans 

There certainly isn't a lot to celebrate at the moment, but we are grateful that the Arts Council and Government felt the diversity and talent we cultivated in our first year, combined with our sustainable social enterprise and business model, made us a good applicant for the Culture Recovery Fund.

This funding will help us to reshape that business model and to work out how the venue can work post March. In addition to the safety of audiences, quality of experience has been high on our agenda and restrictions up to now have meant we have decided not to go ahead with our program for these reasons as well as safety. These funds will help us evolve and innovate so we can look forward to 2021 .

We are committed to keeping the Lichfield community at the centre of the venue’s creative program and we will be working closely with local producers and promoters to help their innovative ideas into fruition at The Hub over the next year. We also remain committed to programming diverse voices who have been disproportionally affected by the Pandemic and of course providing as much work and visibility for national touring artists that have also been hit hard by Covid-19..

For now and should restrictions remain the same, our social enterprise coffee shop and gallery is open and those wishing to support the local arts economy should pay us a visit to see this month’s wonderful exhibition from the Disabled Photographers Society.”