MORE than £1.7million worth of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) will be shared between 25 organisations in Coventry to help them recover from the Covid pandemic.
The biggest award of £279,570 to Imagineer, the Godiva Awakes Trust. The organisation stages unique large-scale live events, community education programmes and touring work, bringing together creatives to work alongside innovators from engineering, architecture, design and education. Imagineer creates high profile professional, mass participatory projects performing to audiences of more than 100,000 annually. Godiva Awakes will move into The Daimler Powerhouse and begin to produce major work some of which will be part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The Albany Theatre will get £125.000 to help it reopen and play its part in Coventry City of Culture 2021. The venue plays host to dance, drama, music and comedy events. Recently it also secured capital funding which will see improvements to the studio theatre, create three additional studios and improve existing facilities.
Coventry Pride – the leading LGBT+ charity in the city – will receive £55,000. The organisation runs the annual Pride Festival, offering a mixture of both indoor and outdoor creative activities celebrating the LGBT+ communities. Funding will allow it to continue with plans for the annual event taking place in June, working alongside freelance staff.
The £74,841 being given to FarGo Village will ensure the reopening of the village and to begin arts and cultural activity to rebuild customer confidence.
The Highlife Centre, which is getting £24,035, supports people in black and Asian communities to reduce social isolation, gain confidence and help build stronger communities through arts, cultural and heritage events.
With a focus on enabling artists and creatives to develop their practice, talent and creative work.
Funding will be used to support activities from April to June 2021, allowing a return to normal, support Coventry City of Culture with an art exhibition, produce the Coloured Synergy Festival and create a dance and music festival.
Ludic Rooms’ £32,000 grant will help it continue its work towards The Random String festival as part of Coventry City of Culture 2021, alongside developing outdoor work and online events including activity packs for audiences.
The Ludic Rooms create participatory arts and cultural projects, events, performances and experiences that explore the role of technology in modern day life.
The Tin will use its £30,394 to deliver some of its previously postponed programme and reopen. The multi-use arts centre offers live music. The Coal Vaults hosts regular grassroots music supporting local bands and promoters. It also provides rehearsal rooms, recording studio and a community space.
And Vortex Creates’ £32,519 grant will help it create new work including a podcast and an exhibition and support digital marketing. The organisation designs and produces unique creative immersive environments and experiences for events. It transforms spaces both inside and outdoors using costume, decoration and theatre to allow attendees to immerse themselves in the experience.
Secretary of State for Culture, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Elaine Tierney, Chair of Trustees, The Tin Music and Arts, said: “Receiving this support gives the Tin the hope of a strong and resilient future, it’s given us a lifeline and a vote of confidence in the work that we do – thank you!”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted the Culture Recovery Fund has been able to offer support to a wide range of arts and cultural sector organisations across Coventry.”