The Cut Arts Centre to receive £93,720 from second round of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund

Posted: Friday 2nd April 2021

We're thrilled to say that we received a grant of £93,720 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

The funding will help us restock and hire staff, and enable us to open the building again for the community, volunteers, audiences, tutors and classes that use the space. Over 1000 people a week use The Cut and it’s been much missed by the community in lockdowns 1, 2 and 3. There are plans for new clubs and groups to start up, as part of Let’s Create, as we come out of lockdown.

We've also been successful in fundraising from other avenues and have previously raised nearly £100,000 from the ACE Emergency Relief Fund, BEE Anglia, East Suffolk Council Bounce Back Fund, Foyle Foundation, and Garfield Weston. The interior has been painted, there’s a new light and sound rig, streaming equipment, and the whole building has new wi-fi.
The Cut has also installed new LED lighting and solar panels.

Emma Freud, Patron of The Cut said, ‘This is excellent news. I’m deeply grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund for recognising the genuine value that a centre like The Cut brings to East Suffolk. The artistic community here - both those who perform and those who attend - would be lost without it. From showcasing new playwrights to housing the Herring Festival, from a live interview with Maggi Hambling to spoken word performances - The Cut is such a vital and dynamic centre for this area… and it’s back.’

Tony Casement, Chair of the Board of Trustees said, ‘This is wonderful news and our thanks to ACE in helping The Cut to restart on the front foot and welcome back our community to an improved building and a more stable future. Our volunteer led non profit organisation looks forward to continuing to work with the many other partner groups on new projects as well as developing our theatre, music , art and educational programmes.’

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said, ‘Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.’

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.