Signdance Collective, Signdance pioneers to receive £25,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Signdance Collective based in High Wycombe is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund HERE
This award will help the company re-develop its beautiful international touring work -‘’In Between Spaces’ The tryptic play ‘’Claustrophobia’’ by Rogerio Correa & develop a mini documentary about ‘’In Between Spaces’’ by Robert Corcoran at 73 Degree Films. The award assists the production of an international community festival & commissions ‘’Hybrid Festival’’ with and at Wycombe Arts Centre, the company’s base and help the company back on its feet to go on its national & international ‘’OUTSIDE SAFE’’ Tour .
David Bower, SDC's Artistic Director said-
‘’SDC is very grateful to have received this support. It will go a long way in helping us to reach our target audiences. We look forward to contributing towards creating a new & vibrant cultural landscape, that will in part help us all to get through these challenging times.’’
Over £800 million 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.
The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much -needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver 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. 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.”
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.