Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC) has been awarded £95,151 as part of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund. The support will help the Wolverhampton venue face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring it has a sustainable future and can keep the buildings and staff ready to welcome back the public once it can fully reopen.

NAC is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. The £257million investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural & heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The funding will enable NAC to continue to operate over the next six months for the 30 artists and organisations that are based onsite, and to provide space for the courses and classes that happen each week at the centre. It will also enable NAC to keep the site and the staff team ready to resume a full programme of live events, children’s work and exhibitions when conditions allow, and to continue to provide communities within Wolverhampton & the Black Country with cultural opportunities over the coming months.

After a recently presented and successful Covid-safe pilot show to reopen the NAC theatre, the venue is now preparing for a return to live events, with full Covid-safely measures in place.

Commenting, Richard Ashwell, chair of the board of NAC trustees, said: "The staff at NAC have worked extraordinarily hard to keep the centre open for its residents and for class participants over the past six months in very difficult circumstances. This will help safeguard jobs and make sure we are in good shape to reopen fully and resume our programme of live music, theatre, courses and classes for Wolverhampton audiences when this is possible."

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