Hastings and Rye arts groups awarded grants in Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Arts organisations in Hastings and Rye have been awarded grants from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund as they start to reopen over the coming months.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 12:42 pm
MP Sally-Ann Hart has welcomed the news this week SUS-201013-113908001
MP Sally-Ann Hart has welcomed the news this week SUS-201013-113908001

Hastings Borough Council said the money will be used to maintain the council’s support for the town’s arts and culture scene, including Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, the White Rock Theatre and Hastings Contemporary.

The authority added it also allows the council to continue to support festivals and public events, such as Stade Saturdays and St Leonards Festival, as well as maintain the council’s Arts & Cultural Development Match Funding Grant which supports individuals and organisations to apply for additional grants.

Because of this funding, the council will also be supporting the #HereForCulture movement, which unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Kevin Boorman, marketing and major projects manager at Hastings Borough Council, said: “We are very pleased indeed that we been successful in our application to the Culture Recovery Fund.

“This grant will allow the council to continue to support arts, culture and heritage as we approach the summer season.

“We look forward to continuing to support the local festivals and venues including Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. The museum has many exciting exhibitions coming up in 2021, so this boost of funding is very welcome.”

Grants have been awarded to Electric Palace Cinema CIC (£20,147), Kino Digital Ltd (£111,266), Kino-Teatr Ltd (£42,865), Sweet and Dandy (£29,920), Hastings Contemporary (£209,000), Home Live Art (£26,570), Barefoot Opera (£37,397), Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (£71,060), Soundcastle (£32,040), Project Art Works (£183,500), Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (£225,515), St Mary in the Castle (£44,239), MSL Projects (£60,000), Rye Heritage Centre (£7,100), and The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of Holy Trinity Hastings (£19,100).

Hastings and Rye MP, Sally-Ann Hart said: “I am delighted more of our local cultural landmarks are being offered financial support to help them through these last few months of lockdown and to reopening this summer.

“We all know here in Hastings and Rye how important our cultural assets are, not only to putting spirit and energy into our streets, communities and towns, but also to attracting visitors from around the world, who then support our tourism and hospitality businesses too.”

In the second round of funding from the Government’s scheme, more than £390m worth of funding has been allocated to more than 2,700 arts, culture and heritage organisations in England.

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