Hull Truck Theatre recovery boost thanks to huge culture grant

Hull Truck Theatre has received a grant of more than £114,000 in the latest round of support for the arts from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

More than £300m has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Hull Truck Theatre, to help the organisations recover and reopen following the pandemic

This latest round of support, which sees Hull Truck receive £114,149, was announced today by the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and will see more than 2,700 recipients benefiting.

Janthi Mills-Ward, executive director at Hull Truck Theatre, said: “We are incredibly grateful to both the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,and Arts Council England, to have been awarded emergency funding from round two of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

“We’re primarily going to use the grant to support the creation of new work, helping to rebuild audiences after a long period of closure.

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Janthi Mills-Ward, executive director at Hull Truck Theatre
Janthi Mills-Ward, executive director at Hull Truck Theatre
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“By enhancing the exciting programme of work that’s due to hit our stage this summer we’re going to reinvigorating our stages and performance spaces.

“The funding is also pivotal in reconnecting with our communities – identifying barriers to attendance and taking new and exciting projects directly out into our community.

“Our building has now been closed for over a year and we’re delighted at the prospect of welcoming audiences back over the coming months.

“The safety of our audiences and staff is paramount and we’re confident that we have everything in place to ensure that we’re operating under Covid-safe regulations when we are able to reopen.”

More than £800m in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery.

Ms Mills-Ward said: “The pandemic has had a massive impact on the theatre industry as a whole and it’s certainly been a challenging year for everyone working within the sector.

“We were delighted to hear that Hull-based companies Middle Child Theatre and Hull Jazz Festival were also successful in their CRF2 funding application and hope that other local cultural organisations have secured the support they need.”

Culture Secretary Mr 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.

Hull Truck Theatre is co-funding Maureen Lennon's place on the Sphinx 30 initiative
Hull Truck Theatre has welcomed the funding boost to aid its recovery
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“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.”

From our region, Hull Truck will join Parkway Entertainment Company Limited, Docks Academy and Waterside Artists Co-operative Limited, which will receive a combined sum of £3,795,267.

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