Ilkley Manor House Trust, along with two independent Artists and Musicians in the Keighley and Ilkley constituency have been awarded a total of £22,396 through Arts Council England’s investment programmes. The programmes include ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ and ‘National Lottery Project Grants’.
Ilkley Manor House Trust has received a National Lottery Project Grant of £5,341 to support the third phase of their courtyard redevelopment. The first two phases created seating and accessible outdoor interpretation of the courtyard space and this new funding will enable the installation of electrical supply to the courtyard so lighting and power will permit performances, exhibitions, workshops and art markets to take place in the space.
Through the ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ programme, an artist and writer has been awarded £8,540 to cover the costs of their research into ways of making work to bring connection and solace to people experiencing isolation, drawing inspiration from their own experiences of living with a chronic illness. A freelance music leader, who specialises in early years and family work, has received an award of £8,515 to undertake further training to develop their music technology skills.
Across the North, Arts Council England has invested a total of £16,023,560 in over 830 organisations and individuals. Alongside these Arts Council funds, in the Keighley and Ilkley constituency, Arts Council England has administered awards of over £828,000 to six organisations as part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.
- Ilkley Playhouse - £60,454
- Jam on Top - £60,147
- The Bronte Society - £119,200
- Thought Bubble Festival - £51,000
- Ilkley Literature Festival Ltd - £27,000
- The Beat-Herder LTD - £510,573
As well as this, the following organisations have also been awarded as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund taking the total funding to £1,339,600 across the Keighley and Ilkley constituency since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic:
- Ilkley Cinema - £204,421
- Keighley Picture House - £80,402
- Ilkley Toy Museum - £12,000
- Keighley Worth Valley Railway - £231,600
Commenting Robbie Moore said: “Many sections of our society were hit hard by the Covid pandemic, but the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector was one of the worst hit. I am pleased that the Government has honoured its commitment to protecting and supporting these institutions and has awarded over £1.3m to Arts, Cultural and Heritage organisations across the Keighley and Ilkley constituency.
“Overall, the Government’s £1.5 billion Cultural Recovery Fund package has helped thousands of Artistic, Cultural and Heritage organisations to navigate through the pandemic and has assisted many to reopen in a Covid-secure way.”