Barking and Dagenham arts consortium lands £800,000 grant
PUBLISHED: 10:18 06 September 2012
An arts consortium has been given hundreds of thousands of pounds to boost creativity in Barking and Dagenham.
The £800,000 Arts Council grant will be used to commission local, national and international artists in the east London borough in the next three years.
Some of the funding could be allocated to The Broadway Theatre in The Broadway, Barking, which lost all of its council subsidies in the wake of austerity cutbacks.
A Barking and Dagenham Council spokesman said: “We are really excited about this grant, but cannot confirm just yet the detail of the projects it will fund or how the arts will be promoted.
“We are currently working on a business plan which will be submitted to the Arts Council before Christmas and so hope to announce the approved plans in the New Year.
“This funding will not replace council funding to the Broadway Theatre. However, as it is the key arts venue in the borough it is likely that it will play an important part in the delivery of the scheme, but it is too early to say what.”
The arts consortium comprises Barking and Dagenham Council, as well as Studio 3 Arts and the Arc Theatre, which are based at the Malthouse in Abbey Road, Barking.
Another cultural organisation in Newham, called A New Direction, is also part of the partnership.
The three-year programme will seek to promote the arts through discussions and boost the creative economy in Barking and Dagenham.
Liza Vallance, the artistic director of Studio 3 Arts, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Barking and Dagenham, at an important time in the borough’s cultural development, and we are thrilled to be able to work with the Arts Council to realise our vision.”
A Studio 3 Arts spokesman added: “By facilitating dialogue between communities and commissioned artists, the programme will enable a constant flow of ideas and creativity between residents and artists.”
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