Sheffield is celebrating a massive boost for the arts in the city.

Arts Council England today (1 July) announced £9.6 million over three years investment shared across nine city arts organisations. This is £2 million more than the previous Arts Council funding round and highlights the reputation held by each of the local organisations and the high level relationship enjoyed between the City Council and the Arts Council.


The successful organisations that will receive this Arts Council funding are Sheffield Theatres, Museums Sheffield, Site Gallery, Forced Entertainment, Eclipse Theatre, Greentop Community Circus Theatre, Music in the Round, Yorkshire Artspace and Third Angel.

The Council backed the bids of Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres and Site Gallery with an offer of sustained, three-year funding – despite general Council budget cuts – and in the case of Site, with an offer of a match capital contribution to their redevelopment scheme. The Site Gallery will receive £1 million as their share of the funding from ACE.

The Council backing for the arts is based on attracting the major financial leverage of Arts Council funding and the consequent benefit for the city’s arts offer, protecting and creating jobs, and attracting visitors and business to the city.

Cllr Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: “I’m delighted that a number of the city’s arts organisations have received major grant awards from Arts Council England (ACE).

“Total ACE funding in the city amounts to £9.6 million, which includes an additional £2 million over and above the previous funding level. This is not only great news for the arts in Sheffield, but also a further boost for the economy and our reputation as a vibrant city.

“The Council has a strong working relationship with ACE and I’m grateful for their increased financial support in Sheffield. For our part, the Council backed the funding applications of Sheffield Theatres, Museums Sheffield and Site Gallery with an offer of sustained annual funding and additional match funding for the Site Gallery redevelopment.

“I’m particularly pleased to see Museums Sheffield receive their first ever major regular funding from the Arts Council. Museums Sheffield will receive an additional £600,000 a year as their share of the funding from ACE.”

Council Leader, Julie Dore said: “This package of funding from Arts Council England for such a wide range of our cultural institutions and organisations is excellent news for Sheffield.”

Pete Massey, the Arts Council’s North Director said: “This is an exciting time for culture in Sheffield. We are delighted to be able to increase our investment in the city up to 2018 which is in response to the quality and ambition of resident museum and arts organisations, but also because the City Council values culture and the role it can play for the community and the economy and have managed to maintain their commitment, despite hard economic times.”

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