​Midlands Arts Centre awarded grant from second round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Fri 2 April 2021
Handsworth Self-Portrait Opening

Midlands Arts Centre is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, to help organisations recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to cultural organisations across the country, including MAC, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

MAC’s purpose is to bring artists and communities together – we know that our work makes art an important part of thousands of people’s lives. Today we are extremely grateful to announce that we have received a grant of £270,574 from Round 2 of the Cultural Recovery Fund from Arts Council England and DCMS. 

This funding round was fiercely competitive, and we will use this investment to ensure that we reopen safely and revitalize a new MAC proudly presenting art, exhibitions, theatre and activities for audiences to enjoy.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all the artists, freelancers and creatives who have helped MAC to survive during this terrible pandemic year and reach our audiences through the engagement of digital work and joyful doorstep activities.

MAC will reopen in late May 2021, and we have so much to share with you. We are #HereForCulture. 

MAC's in-house band SWITCH during an online rehearsal session

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Deborah Kermode, CEO & Artistic Director, MAC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this vital grant that will enable us to work collectively with artists, freelancers and audiences to revitalise MAC. 

This has been an extremely difficult year for the arts sector and the communities we serve, and we are grateful to be acknowledged as a recipient of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund”.

UKBFTOG Denise Maxwell of Lensi Photography in front Of oer exhibited images Credit: Grimmy West Photography

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

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. 

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.