ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE organisations across Reading have been awarded grants totalling almost £1.5million as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.
The grants include £989,374 for Reading Arts and Venues (including Reading Museum) and £80,500 for running events safely in the Abbey Quarter.
Several other local organisations are also set to benefit, including The Museum of English Rural Life, CultureMix Arts Ltd, Reading Repertory Theatre and Readipop.
Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “Huge congratulations to all the arts and heritage organisations across our town who will benefit from this lifeline. This only goes to show just how valued our arts, culture and heritage sectors are here in Reading and the awards announced today acknowledge this importance within our community.
“The challenges we’ve faced this year have shone a light on how much we need the arts and culture as an antidote to the stresses, pressure and isolation we have faced during the pandemic. I truly believe that it is the input of our arts and culture sector that has, and will, continue to aid our community’s recovery and wellbeing. I’m heartened, in such uncertain times, that with the help of this funding our cultural, arts and heritage sector can continue to successfully play this role going forward.
“As a Council, we are grateful for the incredibly generous funding that has been announced for our Arts and Venues, including the Hexagon, South Street and Reading Museum. We are in the process of finalising all the necessary checks and requirements needed for such a huge sum of money, and we’ll publish more details soon on how this funding will benefit our venues and the people of Reading.
“The Abbey Quarter, which garnered a wonderful £80.5K in funding, will help us to safeguard the future of the Abbey Ruins, one of Reading’s most important heritage sites. This support package will form a vital lifeline in ensuring Reading’s Abbey Quarter continues to provide pleasure, education and recreation for our community and visitors to the town.”