Vision RCL has received a grant of £190,110 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 Vision in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Vision operates and manages a range of leisure and cultural facilities in the London Borough of Redbridge in partnership with Redbridge Council. This funding will support a range of music, drama and theatre opportunities, particularly for young people across Redbridge. The grant will go a long way in supporting the reopening of our wonderful Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre and by facilitating the commission of several new exciting theatre pieces. Redbridge Music Service will also benefit from the funding as it will enable us to provide a range of music opportunities for the Borough’s primary school children over the summer term.
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.
Vision was previously awarded almost £550,000 in the first round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund in October last year. The funding directly supported the work and viability of our arts and culture services to help face the 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.”
Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Kam Rai, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement by Vision that will fund a range of music, drama and theatre across the borough and benefit our young people in particular as we build back our cultural programmes as the pandemic eases.”
Head of Culture & Libraries, Vision RCL, Gareth Morley said:
“The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for our arts and cultural services. This additional funding will now support our recovery and reopening over the next few months across Redbridge music, drama and theatre services. We can’t wait to welcome people back to the Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre to experience live performances together again, whether as an audience member or performer.”
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.