Here at Theatre Peckham we are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be receiving a further ₤75,000 in funding, as part of the Government’s ₤1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund to assist us in recovering and reopening.
We are lucky to be among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards, and have to thank the DCMS, HM Treasury, Arts Council England and everyone who has been instrumental in ensuring this support.
The past year has brought about many personal and professional challenges, especially for those working within the arts industry. It goes without saying, that we are therefore so grateful for the enduring encouragement from our community who have continued to engage with us remotely.
Our team continue to work tirelessly throughout lockdowns, adapting our programme to become a hub for digital artistic activity, children’s classes, masterclasses, and development training for emerging artists, ensuring we are still able to support our community creatively and safely.
This further funding will allow Theatre Peckham to continue illuminating these young voices by sharing skills and opportunities with them, and by platforming excellent creatives in producing new writing and performances focused on young, culturally diverse talent.
Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to households especially during periods of lockdown. The UK leads the world in the creative entertainment industries and we can all feel pride in that shared achievement.
The government is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back even stronger, uniting the public, government and many cultural organisations across the country.
And we are #HereForCulture too.
Culture Secretary, 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.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”