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Arts Council England supports culture sector during coronavirus

By martin booth, Tuesday Jun 16, 2020

A mobile immersive exhibition telling the story of Bristol’s slavery past is one of the projects across the city that has received Arts Council England funding to support the arts and culture sector during the coronavirus crisis.

The emergency response package was designed to help alleviate the immediate pressures faced by artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums and libraries over the summer.

Almost £2m is being given to organisations in Bristol through Covid-19 emergency funds, with 266 creative practitioners and 64 cultural organisations across the city awarded the funding.

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Organisations supported in Bristol include:

  • Architecture Centre
  • CARGO (Charting African Resilience Generating Opportunities)
  • Cirque Bijou
  • Loco Klub
  • Royal West of England Academy
  • Seeta Patel Dance
  • Spike Print Studio
  • Theatre Ad Infinitum
  • Upfest
  • Wardrobe Theatre

Arts Council England area director, Phil Gibby, said: “We’re proud to have turned this emergency funding programme around in such a short space of time, with the help from our partners in Government and from our team members working in their home offices.

“Arts Council has been able to award these grants at a critical time, to so many brilliant artists, creative practitioners and cultural organisations who suddenly found themselves in a difficult position due to Covid-19.”

CARGO directors, Charles Golding and Lawrence Hoo, added: “This emergency grant enables CARGO to sustain its crucial activities throughout the summer.

“These include delivering an innovative set of verified teaching resources which will equip learners and educators creatively to engage with inspiring hidden narratives of black leadership and resilience.”

Main photo: CARGO

Read more: Empowering retelling of the transatlantic slave trade story

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