More theatres awarded catalyst funding

Published: 3 June 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

Belgrade Theatre landscape, Catalyst fundingArts Council England has awarded two more Midlands theatres grants from its catalyst arts fund.

Coventry’s Belgrade will receive £240,000 over three years while Nottingham Playhouse will get £180,000.

The fund aims to help cultural organisations to look at new ways of bringing in income and access more funding from private sources.

Joanna Reid, executive director at the Belgrade, said, "We’re delighted to receive this significant funding award from the Arts Council.

“It’s a real mark of confidence in the theatre and our ability to meet the challenges we face to replace declining statutory funding.

“Funding is crucial and this award will help us to fulfil our policy of producing high-quality international drama and developing our community and education work.”

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive of Nottingham Playhouse, said, “There were many good bids that didn’t get through so we’re delighted that the Arts Council has selected Nottingham Playhouse as a recipient of catalyst funding.

“This award will enable us to continue to invest in great theatre; in the highest-quality access and education work; and to continue to develop our very strong and essential relationships with generous donors, charitable trusts and foundations and within the business community.”

It was previously announced that Birmingham REP had been awarded £180,000 and Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry £120,000 from the same fund.