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Arts boost for Hammersmith and Fulham thanks to £2.1million investment

Six organisations will share money awarded by the Arts Council

The Lyric Hammersmith

Arts organisations in west London will receive a welcome boost thanks to new investment.

Six organisations in Hammersmith and Fulham will benefit from a combined total of more than £2.1 million per year as part of the Arts Council’s 2018-2022 National Portfolio.

The Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith are among the groups selected.

In total, 253 organisations across London will share a budget of £161 million per year.

Other non-profit organisations to benefit in the borough are Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan centre for Indian arts, the Koestler Trust prison-arts charity based at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Ockham’s Razor aerial theatre company and Youth Music Theatre UK.

The Arts Council is splashing £2.1m on organisations in Hammersmith and Fulham

The Lyric Hammersmith will receive a one-off grant of £350,000 for its capital development programme to refurbish its main 550 seat Victorian auditorium.

Improvements will also include an upgrade to its smaller studio space, better disability access and environmental sustainability.

This is separate from and in addition to the theatre’s continued NPO funding of £1.1m per year.

The Bush Theatre will receive an additional £100,000 per year from 2018 for a programme of work to help remove the barriers and challenges that black and minority ethnic theatre-makers encounter.

Joyce Wilson, London area director at Arts Council England, said: “This additional investment is a huge vote of confidence in the Bush and its Artistic Director Madani Younis as role models for the UK theatre sector.

The Bush Theatre(Image: Philip-Vile)

“It will maximise the opportunities that the Bush’s revitalised building provides, supporting emerging talent to move beyond artistic development and begin to programme work for the Bush Studio and the main house, eventually providing more diverse work and opportunities for the wider sector.”

The awards are one strand of Arts Council England’s total investment in arts and culture during 2018-22.

It also includes the National Lottery funded Grants for Arts and Culture scheme and strategic funds used to support targeted programmes of work that deliver the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, Arts Council England’s 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.

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