Culture Recovery Fund

Written by Ed & Paul
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19th November 2021

China Plate Theatre to receive £176,417 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that we have been awarded £176,417 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help China Plate recover from the Covid Pandemic. This award has come at a critical time for the company as we look towards 2022 and at how we can return to developing and making live work.

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This award is focused on three areas:

  • Supporting artists and their work: £65,665 of the award is for artist commissions, productions, training and access costs. All of this will go directly to artists and freelancers investing in rebooting the intricate ecology that surrounds the creation of new, live work.
  • Capacity for reopening: Throughout 2020/21, the China Plate team has been working with reduced capacity to realise our digital programme, artist development initiatives, commissioning programmes and training. £35,000 is ringfenced for additional freelance support giving us the capacity we need to reboot paused projects and to realise our live programme. £31,067 will contribute to core China Plate staffing costs and the cost of supporting staff working in a flexible way.
  • Suring up our reserves position: £44,685. This will see us consolidate reserves at 3 months running costs – in line with the company reserves policy.

We feel very fortunate to have received the award and realise the privilege this affords us at a time when many of our colleagues and partner organisations are facing so many challenges. We hope this gives us the opportunity to play our part in supporting recovery across the arts for the benefit both of the audiences we serve and the cultural community we make work with.

The board and staff team would like to thank the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for the support they have provided across the sector during this phase of the pandemic and specifically for awarding China Plate this funding and securing the making, development and training work we are doing over the coming months.

Ed Collier & Paul Warwick 19/11/2021

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.