Culture Recovery Fund: These are the organisations to benefit in Lewes and Wealden

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft and the Charleston Trust are among the local organisations to have been awarded funding from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Maria Caulfield MP during a recent visit to Charleston. Photo James Bellorni
Maria Caulfield MP during a recent visit to Charleston. Photo James Bellorni

Funding of £10,313,072 has been awarded through the Arts Council to support 82 organisations in East Sussex.

The Culture Recovery Fund is designed to help theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues to reopen and recover after the pandemic.

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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, an independent museum based in the South Downs that has previously been shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year, has been awarded £49,000.

The museum presents the story of artists and craftspeople based in and around Ditching since 1900, as well as celebrating contemporary craftsmakers and artists.

Funds will support development of a new show titled ‘John Vernon Lord and Friends’, alongside a blended programme of talks and workshops and marketing.

Other organisations across Lewes and Wealden to benefit include:

– so sussex, based in Lewes, £10,000

– Farleys House & Gallery Ltd, in Wealden, £85,000

– Feral Peacock Ltd, in Wealden, £240,600

– Frontier Fireworks Limited, in Wealden, £74,531

– Lost Dog Dance, in Wealden, £34,841

– Nomad Trading (into the Wild arts festival), in Wealden, £46,500

– Sussex Events Ltd, in Wealden, £25,228,

– The Charleston Trust (Bloomsbury in Sussex), £367,654

The announcement brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural organisations and sites.

A spokesman said: “The second round of awards made today will help organisations across the country as they welcome back visitors and return to normal operating models in the months ahead.”