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Bluecoat is delighted to receive a grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund 

Bluecoat is delighted to receive a grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund 

by Culture Liverpool

Bluecoat has been awarded £249,996 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 the sustainable future of the organisation, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Bluecoat is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Bluecoat is a thriving contemporary arts centre in the heart of Liverpool. Based in Liverpool’s most historic building, it is home to a diverse programme of exhibitions and events and an innovative participation programme. Bluecoat is a creative hub and home to a range of artists and creative organisations.

Like many cultural organisations and individuals, Bluecoat has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding announced today will safeguard Bluecoat’s innovative programme for the coming months and ensure the organisation continues to provide a safe environment for people to experience and enjoy art.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Bluecoat CEO, Mary Cloake, said:

“We are delighted to receive funding through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This is an extremely challenging time for the cultural sector, and this grant will enable us to continue delivering outstanding work and support our creative community while welcoming visitors in a safe environment. We are very grateful for the continued support of Arts Council England.”

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