Nottingham Contemporary receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Nottingham Contemporary has been awarded £220,000 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 today.

Nottingham Contemporary is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Nottingham Contemporary is a centre for contemporary art, presenting groundbreaking and interwoven programmes of international exhibitions, learning, partnerships, research and new commissions. Since opening in 2009, they welcomed over 2 million visitors to over 60 exhibitions and have presented the work of almost 1,000 artists. In 2019 they were finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Nottingham Contemporary’s Director, Sam Thorne, said:

“We're thrilled that Nottingham Contemporary has been awarded £220,000 as part of the government's Culture Recovery Fund. This is absolutely vital support in the midst of an extremely challenging moment for our sector.”

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