Council support for museums to ‘help’ funds bid

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EXTRA council funding for Museums Sheffield will help the trust in its bid to secure longer-term support from the Arts Council, its chief executive has said.

Kim Streets, who has recently been appointed to the role at the organisation which runs Graves and Millennium Galleries and Weston Park Museum, told The Star the additional £650,000 from Sheffield Council would ‘stabilise’ things. She also revealed the trust’s link with top London museum, the Victoria and Albert, will continue.

The money is in addition to the council’s annual £2.3m grant to Museums Sheffield.

Ms Streets said: “The additional council funding will help stabilise our position for 2012/13, meaning we are in a position to bid for support from the Arts Council. We are waiting for details of Arts Council funding imminently.”

The Arts Council had previously refused a bid from Museums Sheffield for a grant worth £1.4m a year over the next three years.

Rejection of the funding application in January led to protests from the city’s arts and cultural community.

The extra council funding will allow Museums Sheffield to deliver its advertised programme of exhibitions and events for the rest of the year.

However, Ms Streets said redundancies will still go ahead - with 40 jobs to go, down from 45 initially proposed.

She added that the trust is now looking to further develop its income to help cover costs.

“The link with the Victoria and Albert Museum is also ongoing and they are continuing to support us,” Ms Streets said.

“At the moment, our Sports Lab exhibition about sports science development, which was at Weston Park, is currently on show at the V&A, renamed ‘Beautiful Games’ in the run-up to the Olympics.”