Recovery funding for Worthing Theatres and Museum

Worthing Theatres and Museum has been awarded £98,398 as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

Worthing's Connaught Theatre
Worthing's Connaught Theatre

The funding, part of the second round, is aimed at supporting cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021.

WTM were among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The funding will support the safe reopening of WTM venues from May, allowing local audiences to access and enjoy live arts and heritage together again in a safe and socially distanced environment.

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WTM spokeswoman Pandora George said: “There is fantastic line-up scheduled for spring including Rhum and Clay’s critically acclaimed The War of the Worlds (part of Brighton Festival), Proteus Theatre’s The Bloody Chamber, comedy and fun filled family theatre show Pinocchio. The funding also supports the reopening of the museum with four fantastic new exhibitions including WTM’s In Their Shoes exhibition, showcasing local people during the pandemic; local artist Anthony Bennett’s exhibition Indian Yellow; and work from WTM’s Digital Open20.

“The second round of awards 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.”

WTM CEO Amanda O’Reilly added: “‘We are delighted, and grateful, to have received a grant from Culture Recovery Fund second round. The last year has been extremely challenging. We have opened our venues for shows, events and exhibitions every time government legislation allowed, and it was safe to do so.

“This essential funding will support WTM in getting back to doing more of what we do best, bringing high quality arts and heritage to Worthing, and aid in creating greater stability to weather the future, long-term financial impacts of the pandemic. We continue to work hard towards ensuring WTM’s future so we can continue making memories together for years to come.”