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South London Gallery among Southwark arts groups to get share of £12 million cultural recovery fund


South London Gallery, Corsica Studios and ballet firm Rambert are among the south-east London cultural organisations which have been awarded greater than £12m in authorities funding because the nation emerges from Covid-19 lockdown, writes Kit Heren…

More than 135 groups in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham have been given about £12.5m by means of Arts Council England as half of the most recent stage of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Rambert, a recent ballet firm based mostly on the South Bank, has been given £393,000 for neighborhood dance courses and rehearsals for brand spanking new work on-line.

South London Gallery in Peckham, which received the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2020 and specialises in fashionable artwork, acquired £193,000. The gallery mentioned it will use the cash to plan and current exhibitions and occasions when it reopens.

Nightclub and dwell music area Corsica Studios, in Elephant & Castle, acquired £125,000, which is able to assist the venue’s combine of on-line and in-person occasions.

Elsewhere, academic arts charity Peckham Platform landed simply over £89,000 for expertise coaching for younger individuals between 16 and 21. British Youth Music Theatre, additionally in Peckham, acquired £82,500 to fund its summer season 2021 programme, together with coaching camps to “discover the following rising star”.

BYMT’s patron, the actress Zoë Wanamaker, mentioned: “Fantastic information. BYMT has been awarded a grant within the second spherical of Arts Council England’s [Culture] Recovery Fund.

“This grant will assist to underpin our Summer Season; allow the commissioning and creation of new work – [ten] productions happening round England this summer season, together with Halifax, Ipswich, Plymouth and London.”

It comes after the News additionally reported final week that Rotherhithe’s Brunel Museum was given greater than £89,000 as half of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Over £89k Covid recovery grant for Brunel Museum

In Lambeth, the Young Vic theatre acquired almost £220,000 to assist employees reopen safely, and launch an interactive digital platform for individuals to watch performances at residence. Brixton-based “Youth-culture” radio station Reprezent was awarded £115,000 for artist coaching and dwell broadcasts. Rapper Stormzy is among the station’s alumni. The Florence Nightingale museum at St Thomas’ hospital was given about £64,400.

The museum’s director David Green mentioned: “The trustees of the Florence Nightingale Museum and I are very grateful for the assist of the Cultural Recovery Fund, which has made an immeasurable distinction to our survival.

“Whilst deeply ironic, the menace of dropping the museum at a time when the worldwide nursing professions which Nightingale impressed had been working so laborious, was sadly very actual twelve months in the past.

In Lewisham, music venue the New Cross Inn was awarded £112,500 for live-streamed occasions and future socially-distanced performances.

Some 2,700 cultural establishments throughout the UK have been awarded about £400m in grants and loans within the newest spherical of recovery funding.