Recovery grants for Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal and Poole Lighthouse

THREE of the leading arts venues in our region have been awarded six-figure grants from the Covid-19 Culture Recovery Fund, announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. They are Bristol Old Vic, the country’s oldest theatre in continuous use, Bath Theatre Royal, arguably the country’s prettiest historic theatre, and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, the biggest multi-arts centre outside London.

Other local beneficiaries are Strode Theatre at Street, Salisbury Playhouse (part of Wiltshire Creative, which also includes Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival), Corsham’s Pound Arts Centre, the Cheese and Grain at Frome and Exeter’s Northcott Theatre.

A total of 1,385 theatres, music and arts venues, museums, performance groups and cultural organisations received £257 million in the latest announcement of grants from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s total allocation of £1.57 billion.

The organisations and venues being supported in the announcement on 12th October had all applied for grants under £1 million (so some venues and organisations that are not listed may be receiving larger grants, to be announced later). Among the award-winners announced this week are the London Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the Young Vic, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the tiny but adventurous Finborough Theatre in Earl’s Court, London.

The total value of these grants to West Country venues and organisations is £26,560,756. Recipients, ranging from world-famous theatres to much-loved music venues, include:

Arcadia Spectacular (Somerset-based, lighting, fire, etc, installations for festivals and outdoor events) – £237,826
Bath Comedy Festival – £75,000
Bath Festivals – £100,000
Bath, George Street (Bath) – £249,300
Bath, Jane Austen Ltd – £189,903
Bath, Komedia – £210,000
Bath, Next Stage Theatre Co – £51,499
Bath, Rondo theatre – £50,000
Bath Theatre Royal – £955,192
Bournemouth, Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum – £225,916
Bovington, The Tank Museum – £780,000
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire Music Centre – £188,158
Bridgwater, Somerset Film & Video – £52,000
Bridport, Museum Trust – £50,000
Bridport, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Co – £94,000
Bristol Old Vic – £610,466
Bristol, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory – £50,000
Bristol, Spike Island Artspace – £189,306
Bristol, SS Great Britain – £888,186
Bristol, St George’s – £564,916
Bristol, The Louisiana – £137,476
Bristol, Wardrobe Theatre – £65,192
Bristol, Watershed – £731,993
Chalke Valley History Festival – £260,000
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre – £832,000
Cheltenham, Festival – £783,939
Cornwall, Miracle Theatre – £77,000
Corsham, Pound Arts Centre – £64,891
Cotswolds, Compton Verney House Trust (art gallery) – £980,000
Dorchester Arts – £52,710
Dorset County Museum – £213,121
Dorset, Diverse City (working for diversity in the arts, based in Swanage)  – £275,690
Exeter Northcott Theatre – £183,399
Exeter Phoenix arts centre – £192,022
Frome, Black Swan Arts – £54,000
Frome, Cheese and Grain – £98,000
Lyme Regis Museum – £60,000
Lymington, St Barbe Museum and Gallery – £53,841
Plymouth Barbican Theatre – £167.699
Plymouth Pavilions – £726,569
Poole Lighthouse –  £987,964 to help this multi-artform venue and home to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra remain sustainable with a phased programme of reopening and to ensure the orchestra’s work to connect with the local community can continue.
Sedgemoor, Midnight Mango – £66,752
Sidmouth, Folk Week – £62,000
South Petherton, Petherton Arts Trust (David Hall) – £51,476
Street, Strode Theatre – £246,911
Sturminster Newton Community Building Trust, the Exchange – £59,491
Swindon, Swindon Dance – £105,325
Swindon, Wyvern Theatre – £242,844
Taunton, South West Heritage Trust – £198,624
Taunton Theatre Asscn, Brewhouse theatre and arts centre – £194,015
Torridge, The Plough Arts Centre – £80,424
West Devon, Wren Music – £60,000
Weston-super-Mare town council (theatre) – £323,000
Weymouth Pavilion CIC – £573,413
Wiltshire Creative – (runs Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Festival and Salisbury Arts Centre) – £446,968

Pictured: Bristol Old Vic, Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, Bath Theatre Royal.