Culture Recovery Fund :PAPER Arts to receive over £20000 of new funding


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PAPER Arts among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

This award will allow PAPER Arts to research and develop a new membership scheme that will help young creatives in the city to establish their careers.

We are so excited to let you know that PAPER has received a grant of over £20000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

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

The award from the Cultural Recovery Fund will allow us…

to research and develop a brand new, one of a kind membership in Bristol due to launch in September this year. 
This programme will help to retain creatives in the industry who may once have dropped out due to lack of support, future proofing an industry that currently employs over 2 million in the UK and was projected to create an additional 1 million jobs by 2030 before the pandemic (according to research by the Creative Industries Federation).

We will use the funding to…

run three sets of creative workshops with a diverse group of 20 young creatives who have been on creative programmes in Bristol, contracting them to act as consultants for their new business model, and paying them for their time. 
The first set of workshops will be focused on inspiration, then ideation and then implementation, resulting in a research report that will shape the support PAPER Arts offer to its community members in the future.

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 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.

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.”

Katy Welsh, Communications Manager at PAPER said:

“Since first coming into contact with PAPER Arts as a young illustrator on one of the creative enterprise courses, I have recognised the invaluable work the organisation do to equip young creatives with the skills they need to establish careers on their own terms. I am proud that we will will be able to continue this work with the financial aid of the Cultural Recovery Fund and better understand how we can support the needs of our community in a post pandemic landscape.”

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.

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