North East organisations receive final Cultural Recovery funds

DOZENS of North East cultural organisations have received a funding boost to help them overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations will receive a share of the final £35 million emergency support package from the Culture Recovery Fund, which has thrown a lifeline to theatres, museums, independent cinemas and other arts organisations.

More than £1.5 million has been awarded to organisations in the North East, building on almost £50 million already awarded from the Culture Recovery Fund to organisations in the region. 

Since August 2020, the Culture Recovery Fund has distributed £1.57 billion to around 5,000 organisations and sites across the country.

A £26,322 grant has been awarded to The Auxiliary Project Space in Middlesbrough to help the artist-led organisation to fully open to the public and develop their digital resources.


Anna Byrne, executive director, said: “This funding comes at a pivotal time as we emerge from the effects of Covid -19. It allows us to make the full transition of opening up to the public, and supports our team and building with essential resources. We can now face 2022 with a renewed sense of confidence as we build towards the future.”

The Durham-based Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events, which organises events for world-famous pop stars and bands across the UK, secured £383,915 in the final round of funding.

Meanwhile, family theatre company Minor Entertainment, based in Stockton, received £318,968.

Rainton Arena, a 2,000-seater versatile events venue in Houghton-le-Spring, received a £180,804 boost after its finances took a hit during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Previous recipients of the Cultural Recovery Fund include Darlington Hippodrome, which received £198,461 to offset losses from cancelled productions, retain jobs, secure the long-term future of the theatre and secure the purchase of new state-of-the-art cinema screening equipment.

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle received £704,161 to go into the museum’s reserves. The rest was used in a number of areas, including undertaking major audience development analysis, which will allow the museum to reach potential new audiences, building a classroom and shelters in the grounds.

See the full list below: 

The Net North Shields – £33,300, North Tyneside

Acumen Community Buildings Ltd – £16,700, Sunderland

The Creative Seed CIC – £38,000, South Tyneside

Little Buildings – £20,288, Newcastle

Family Tickets, £140,964 – Stockton-on-Tees

Loft Productions LLP – £22,500, Newcastle

International Guitar Foundation & Festivals – £28,140, Newcastle

The Auxiliary Project Space – £26,322, Middlesbrough

CIRCUS FANTASIA – £80,000, Gateshead

Tony Hopkins Entertainments Ltd – £39,468, Gateshead

STREET HASSLE LTD – £26,646, Sunderland

Minor Entertainment – £318,968, Stockton-on-Tees

Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events – £383,915, County Durham

NTC Touring Theatre Company Ltd – £51,106, Northumberland

NEMFCIC – £25,000, Gateshead

Rainton Arena ltd – £180,804, Sunderland

Workplace Foundation – £75,000, Newcastle

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