Swindon theatres to receive support funding

12 October 2020

Swindon theatres TO RECEIVE £242,844 support funding from the government’s £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund.

Swindon Theatres has received a total of £242,844 in grant funding from the Department of Media, Culture & Sport’s (DCMS) £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund.

The fund, which was set up and announced by the government in July, makes urgent support available for cultural organisations that were financially stable before the COVID-19 pandemic. Money has been provided from central government via the DCMS - and the fund was administered by Arts Council England.

1,385 organisations around the UK will benefit from grant awards announced today.

In line with other venues and cultural buildings, the Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre have remained closed since March as a result of government restrictions imposed to protect public health. Performances at Swindon Theatres are suspended through January 31st 2021, although opportunities to re-open parts of the building or to plan socially distant performances are being kept under review.

Whilst socially distanced performances are now permitted under current guidelines most theatres, concert halls and live entertainment venues are finding it impossible to reopen whilst social-distancing restrictions remain in place.

Laura James, Theatre Director at Swindon Theatres said:

“We’re delighted to receive this funding which will play a vital role in supporting our venues through this very difficult period.

The money provided today will help us to meet the costs of maintaining the buildings through the closure period; will stabilise our position at a time when no trading income is available to us; and will help to support our dedicated and skilled team.

We are grateful that the DCMS has recognised the important contribution we make; and would also like to thank our local authority partners who have been helpful and supportive throughout.

Like all cultural venues, we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the wider recovery. The economic impact of our usual activities stretches far and wide; sustaining businesses across the local area.

Crucially, this money is provided to assist us through to reopening when the situation improves – and we can’t wait to be able to welcome back our wonderful audiences when we are able to do so.”