Rosehill to receive over £176,000 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Rosehill to receive over £176,000 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Theatre among 925 recipients to benefit from latest round of CRF
    Award will help replace ticket income lost due to ongoing pandemic

MORE than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including West Cumbria’s Rosehill Theatre, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today (Friday).

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Rosehill, in Moresby near Whitehaven, has been awarded a grant of £176,807 by Arts Council England.

The much-needed funding will help to replace ticket income that has been lost due to the long-running effects of the pandemic. It will also go towards meeting the costs of keeping the Grade II listed theatre running through the winter and into spring 2022, so the team can continue delivering a variety of live performances, films, workshops and exhibitions, complemented by digital work and community-based activities.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead. 

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.” 

More than £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), supporting around 5,000 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. 

Deanne Shallcross, Rosehill’s executive director, said: ”The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for Rosehill and we are hugely grateful to DCMS and ACE for their continued support. Without doubt they have helped save our much-loved community asset by steering us towards financial viability throughout significant, ongoing challenges.

”Our cumulative total of £560,000 from three rounds of CRF and £117,500 from the Emergency Response Fund has enabled us to get back up and running, continue delivering a variety of creative experiences for the West Cumbria community, and develop plans for the longer term. We feel incredibly fortunate to still be here as without CRF we would have been in a very different position.

”Those who work in the creative industry – and indeed many others – continue to be hit hard by the ongoing effects of Covid and we recognise that not everyone will have been successful in their bid for financial support. Our thoughts are with colleagues across the sector and we hope everyone can make it through.”

Darren Henley, chief executive of 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.”

Deanne also acknowledged additional support that has made a difference to Rosehill during the pandemic. She added: “As well as CRF grants, we’ve been fortunate to receive assistance from local and county councils, other government schemes, trusts, foundations and a loyal band of individual donors – without all of whom we wouldn’t be here today.

“I also want to acknowledge the commitment of Rosehill’s resolute board of trustees, who have had to make some extremely tough decisions over the past 18 months, along with our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who have been astoundingly flexible throughout these challenging times.

“And a huge thanks to everyone who has visited since we reopened in the summer, from a host of freelance practitioners to audiences of all ages attending performances, films, exhibitions and workshops.

“We’re still facing tough times, and we know not everyone feels able to return to theatres just yet. The funding we’ve received will help to ensure Rosehill lives to fight another day and is there when those people are also ready to come back.”

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