delighted to share with you the news that we were successful in our application
to the Government's Culture Recovery Grant.
eight months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. Of course, there have
been moments of immense sadness and anxiety, but these have been countered with
sparks of light and joy. Working with artists on exciting ideas and projects,
hearing from our audiences, opening the doors, and beginning to present events
again have all made the hard times much more bearable. But the financial impact
of the pandemic has been huge.
it through the first six months of the year thanks to the support of our
audiences and funders and a special Emergency Grant from Arts Council England.
The second half of the year, without a furlough scheme to rely on and operating
at a fraction of our usual capacity, is when we knew things were going to get
even tougher. I am delighted to say that thanks to this funding that picture
has changed. We can now rest assured that we will make it through the
rest of this financial year. Instead of worrying about how to pay each bill, we
can focus on investing in our work and the artists who make it possible and we
can increase our staffing capacity to make sure we deliver our plans
effectively. It is a huge relief!
we have been awarded from the Cultural Recovery Fund will change the way we
work for the rest of the financial year.
our grant we have allocated some funds for particular
projects which we think are important and which would not be possible without
this funding. We are delighted that our grant includes some additional
support of Music Fusion, the youth music charity based in our museum. For
our theatre audiences, the funding will mean we can continue to deliver live
events and films as the pandemic continues. Those of you who have been to
an event since we reopened will know that social distancing means we can fit
just 36 people into the theatre for performances, which means the ticket income
does not cover the event costs. Now we will be able to be more flexible
with the things that take place and can continue to welcome audiences in for a
wide range of activities. The same applies for workshops, almost all of which
can continue now even if ticket sales don't cover the
fees of our professional tutors. Our museum can remain open and we can continue
to care appropriately for our collection, our planned exhibitions can go ahead
and for those people not yet comfortable with coming into a building we can
continue to deliver activities online. In short, we can deliver our work and be
here for our community in a way which has not been guaranteed since February.
Sophie Fullerlove, Director and Chief Executive