Culture Recovery Fund

Written by Ed & Paul
Back to listings
2nd April 2021

China Plate to receive support from the second 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 £1.57 billion 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 beyond the current phase of lockdown at how we can return to developing and making live work through 2021.

Image with text which reads 'We are #HereForCulture' against a background of coloured shapes.

This award is focused on three areas:

  • Supporting artists and their work: £78,241 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. £32,000 is ringfenced for additional freelance support giving us the capacity we need to reboot paused projects and to realise our live programme.
  • Suring up our reserves position: £66,176. 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 across the start of 2021.

Ed Collier & Paul Warwick 2/4/21

Chair of China Plate Board of Trustees, Phyllida Hancock said:

“I’m delighted and very grateful that ACE is continuing to put its trust in China Plate. This relief funding not only allows the team to continue the work that has been achieved during the past year in supporting artists and bringing some of their work to the public, but also gives us space to plan for the future and build towards the goal of bringing great art to people who struggle to access it – which is most of us, at the moment.”

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.”

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.”