Cash boost for theatres

The entrance area of the Crucible
The entrance area of the Crucible
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SEVENTEEN arts organisations in South Yorkshire are celebrating after securing Arts Council funding for the next three years - but others have missed out.

Around 40 per cent of groups who applied for funding were unsuccessful.

Sheffield Theatres will receive a five per cent increase to its annual funding of around £1 million.

Chief executive Dan Bates said: “We are delighted. This decision will enable to us to build on our firm foundations to continue to produce great art.”

Site Gallery, on Brown Street, is receiving 12 per cent more funding in 2012/13 than current levels. The gallery showcases modern art.

Director Laura Sillars said: “Site has a tremendous history working with some of the best artists. It has supported young artists who went on to win prestigious awards such as the Turner Prize. We’re delighted at the Arts Council’s trust in our track record and confidence in our future.”

Music In The Round, which organises classical music concerts around South Yorkshire, received 21 per cent less than it asked for.

Paul Allen, chair of the organisation’s board, said: “Although we are pleased and proud to have this clear endorsement of the way we are taking the largest promoter of chamber music outside London forward, we are disappointed not to receive the amount we applied for.”

MuseumsSheffield’s request for £68,000 a year for 2015-2018 was rejected. The Trust’s Kim Streets said: “Funding was for our contemporary arts programme.

“We still have enough money for the coming year so we have time to apply to other sources.”

Forced Entertainment, based in the Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, has had funding renewed for 2012/2015 at current levels.

Five groups are receiving Arts Council funding for the first time - Barnsley Civic theatre and gallery, Doncaster’s new performance venue which will open next year in the centre of the cultural quarter, and music organisation Higher Rhythm which will offer creative music activities for young people, plus Sheffield’s Eclipse Theatre Company and Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance.

South Yorkshire organisations receiving funds include Eventus, Greentop Community Circus, Signposts, the Poetry Business, Vincent Dance Theatre and Yorkshire ArtSpace, Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS) and the British Federation of Brass Bands, based in Barnsley.