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Theatre Peckham receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

At Theatre Peckham, we feel absolutely blessed to have been awarded £150,000 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 we have a sustainable future. We want to thank the DCMS, HM Treasury, Arts Council England and everyone who has worked on our behalf to make this to happen.

It goes without saying, that the past few months have been a tremendously challenging time for many in the arts and we have been so grateful for the enduring support from our community who have continued to engage with us from their own homes.

Our team have been working tirelessly throughout this time, adapting our programme to become a hub for digital creative activity, classes for children, masterclasses, and development training for emerging artists, to ensure we were able to support our community creatively. 

This fund will enable Theatre Peckham to continue illuminating young voices, by providing skills and opportunities, and platforming excellent creatives by producing new writing and performances focusing on young, culturally diverse talent.

We understand the impact that Covid-19 has had on freelancers in our industry, many of whom are at the centre of our artistic offer at Theatre Peckham. With this fund, it’s a small step to support their vital contribution to our organisation and acknowledge their importance and that more needs to be done. 

Suzann McLean CEO/Artistic Director Theatre Peckham said: “Theatre Peckham’s key role is in providing hyper-local cultural opportunity. We welcome this grant which enables us to keep our doors open and offer low cost access to the arts to a community hard hit by Covid-19. 

Our young people define Theatre Peckham and this funding ensures we can fully respond to their needs. We have a commitment, across the board from Governance to freelance artists, to acknowledge the real yet invisible logistical, cognitive and emotional barriers many face.

Our work is in harmony with ACE’s Let’s Create strategy. Their support today enables us to engage freelance artists and work with partner companies to retell existing stories or imagine new stories by under-represented voices.”