Arts Alive to benefit from Arts Council England funding

Arts Alive has received a significant increase in funding from The Arts Council England’s latest round of funding.

Ian Kerry, Arts Alive Executive Director, said, “This is fantastic news and is a tribute to all those promoters in the area, who give up their time to put on some amazing events – and to our loyal audiences who come out to see some great culture.”

More than £1.5 million [HP1] combined each year, for the next three years has been awarded to five organisations in the county, with the aim of making arts and culture more accessible, especially to those in rural locations.

Arts Alive is a Rural Touring Scheme that partners with people in rural communities to organise over 1,000 high quality events each year, including cinema, live music, theatre, dance, and storytelling shows in village halls and community centres to ensure that affordable arts and film is available to every person in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Artistic Director, Hannah Prior said, “We are absolutely delighted to be funded as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio again, and to continue to be able to bring quality shows and performances to audiences living in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

“This extra investment will go towards supporting promoters, audiences, companies, and artists to deliver an even better creative offer and to make the communities we work with even more culturally vibrant.”

In total, over £446 million in funding has been awarded to 990 organisations who bring culture and arts to communities all across the UK.

Peter Knott, Director, Arts Council England, said, “Everyone should have opportunities to enjoy art and culture, no matter where they live in the country and Arts Alive play a vital role in producing great creative events for rural communities to enjoy. We're delighted to be increasing our investment in them over the next three years and it'll be great to see them introduce new international work to people in village halls, schools, libraries, care homes and community centres."