Nearly eight million given to Southwark arts and cultural venues from ‘lifeline’ Culture Recovery Fund

Katherine Johnston (15 October, 2020)

Many had been left without income for months at a time - and the majority remain unable to function normally due to social distancing restrictions

39609Theatre Peckham, in the old Southwark Town Hall, (c) Matt Clayton

Theatre Peckham, Menier Chocolate Factory, Brunel Museum and the Old Operating Theatre are among 40 organisations in Southwark to be given ‘lifeline’ grants from the new Culture Recovery Fund, announced on Monday.

More than a thousand bodies have so far been awarded funding from the first round of the £1.57 billion scheme, administered by the Arts Council, to help arts and cultural venues survive the pandemic – with nearly £8 million awarded to those in Southwark.

Many had been left without income for months at a time – and the majority remain unable to function normally due to social distancing restrictions.

Theatre Peckham, which helped launch John Boyega’s career, pivoted during lockdown to become a digital creative hub. During lockdown all but four members of staff were furloughed; returning to work in September.

Suzann McLean, its chief executive and artistic director, said: “Theatre Peckham’s key role is in providing hyper-local cultural opportunity. 

“We welcome this grant which enables us to keep our doors open and offer low cost access to the arts to a community hard hit by COVID-19. 

“Our young people define Theatre Peckham and this funding ensures we can fully respond to their needs.”

Menier Chocolate Factory, a restaurant and 180-seat theatre in an old factory in Southwark Street, also made a successful application – receiving one of the largest amounts in the borough. A non-subsidised venue, the theatre described the £831,830 grant as ‘quite literally, a lifeline’.

The only organisations in the borough to receive more were Ministry of Sound (£975,468) and the Philarmonia Orchestra, based at Chancel Street (£967,413).

 

Rotherhithe educational charity Brunel Museum said its team were ‘bursting with ideas and energy’ after receiving £180,000 – equivalent to six months of funding.

Speaking about the scheme, 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.” 

Other organisations to benefit include Lewisham-based Sound Services Ltd, awarded £172,755. The company provides sound systems and services for music venues, theatres, festivals and art galleries across London. It had no work for five months and is now turning over around three per cent of revenue compared to this time last year.

All the awardees by constituency, in Southwark so far:

Alexander S Richardson Limited £60,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Bankside Gallery £50,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Bird On The Wire £200,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Breathe Arts Health Research £97,476 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Cassius Creative LLP £70,500 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Chocolate Factory Productions Ltd £831,830 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
City of London Sinfonia £75,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
CLPE £150,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Corsica Studios £407,764 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Deafinitely Theatre £95,830 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Feeding the Fish Ltd. £68,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Icarus Theatre Collective £66,375 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Illuminate Productions £50,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
MFR Ltd £106,118 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Ministry of Sound £975,468 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Musicity Global £60,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
National Student Drama Festival £60,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret £99,383 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Philharmonia Limited £967,413 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Sands Films Costumes Ltd £219,800 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Siobhan Davies Dance £145,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Some Voices Ltd £58,319 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company £243,678 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Stagetext £90,828 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Sugarhouse Studios Ltd £75,095 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
The Brunel Museum £180,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
The Production Place Live Ltd £71,500 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
The Samosa media charity Reg’d Number 1165245 £50,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Unicorn Theatre (Caryl Jenner Productions) £245,000 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
We Out Here Ltd £135,316 Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Artists Studio Company £249,000 Camberwell and Peckham
Candoco Dance Company £100,000 Camberwell and Peckham
Copeland Park Partnership £220,000 Camberwell and Peckham
FQBSC Ltd £195,825 Camberwell and Peckham
KitMapper Ltd £50,000 Camberwell and Peckham
Ormside Projects £97,695 Camberwell and Peckham
Reprezent £230,000 Camberwell and Peckham
South London Gallery £387,588 Camberwell and Peckham
Theatre Peckham £150,000 Camberwell and Peckham
Como No Promotions Ltd £68,000 Dulwich and West Norwood

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