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Redbridge arts venues receive £190k grant

Vision RCL runs local arts facilities in partnership with Redbridge Council

Arts venues in Redbridge have received more than 190k in funding to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure (RCL) has been awarded the grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Vision operates and manages local arts facilities, including Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre, in partnership with Redbridge Council.

The organisation had previously received £550,000 in the first round of awards from the Culture Recovery Funding last October.

Head of Culture & Libraries, Vision RCL, Gareth Morley said, “The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for our arts and cultural services.

“This additional funding will now support our recovery and reopening over the next few months across Redbridge music, drama and theatre services. ”

The most recent round of funding is from a £400 million pot that 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 money has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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.”

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