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Funding snub blow for Brewhouse Arts Centre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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BURTON’S Brewhouse Arts Centre has missed out on thousands of pounds in funding after it was left out of a list of projects to be supported by the Arts Council.

Some 670 arts organisations, including Derby’s Quad centre, will receive annual grants worth hundreds of millions of pounds in total until 2018 as the Arts Council announced which applications had been successful, but their was no inclusion for the Brewhouse.

It comes just weeks after the Mail reported that a review of the Union Street centre had found it requires ‘substantial investment’ in order to remain viable over the coming years.

But East Staffordshire Borough Council, which runs the venue, brushed off the snub, insisting it had been successful in securing funding through other streams.

A spokesman said: “The council is committed in its support of the arts and directly provides funding for the operation of the Brewhouse.

“As a result of this commitment, and to ensure that we continue to provide an excellent offering to the public, the Brewhouse does apply for funding for individual projects, and has recently been successful in securing more than £160,000 external funding from various sources for schemes including the Story Wells project and the Band Building project.

“This does include a £6,000 grant secured from the Arts Council for a dance project”.

There was better news for Swadlincote-based arts organisation People Express, which will receive around £50,000 each year between 2015 and 2018.

People Express, which aims to encourage communities to get involved with art by offering free sessions at its West Street base, was the only successful bidder in the whole of Burton and South Derbyshire.

Arts engagement co-ordinator Kalila Storey said the funding was huge for the scheme.

She said: “It’s great, we are really pleased that the bid has been accepted.

“It means we can really start planning for the work we are going to do from 2015 onwards.

“All activities are free so people have to pay. The reason a lot of people don’t get involved in art is because of how costly it is.”

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