More than one million pounds has been awarded by Arts Council England to four art venues in Nottingham.
As part of the National Lottery funded Small Capital programme, Arts Council England has granted around 1.3 million pounds to Broadway Cinema, Primary Art Gallery, Nottingham Castle and Nottingham Playhouse to create more environmentally friendly spaces.
Nottingham Castle will receive £200,000 to upgrade their temporary arts gallery. The new gallery will be situated on the ground floor of the Ducal Palace on the current site when the castle is reopened.
The new gallery will also feature a new, low-impact environmental control system, making it better for exhibiting art pieces.
“It actually means that we can finish off that particular exhibition space in the way we had intended.”
Sara Blair-Manning, CEO Nottingham Castle Trust
The castle is currently undergoing a £13.9 million face-lift and will be expected to reopen in 2021.
The Nottingham Playhouse will also be receiving £200,000 to upgrade their current spaces.
The money will primarily be going towards their Neville Studio – a space used for rehearsals and small productions.
The rest of the money will be used to convert the front of house into a more energy efficient space.
We are absolutely delighted to have received £200,000 funding from @ace_midlands.
The money will go towards our Neville Studio and front of house – making the spaces more accessible, sustainable and welcoming for our audiences. https://t.co/ZRdRtD3Bqi
— Nottingham Playhouse (@NottmPlayhouse) November 4, 2019
Energy saving has always been a major concern within the theatre industry, as a lot of energy goes towards production.
Media and Communications manager of Nottingham Playhouse, Hollie Anderson said: “We are really conscious in the performing arts that we still have a duty to improve the way we are treating the environment and making sure we are not contributing to carbon-footprint.”
Broadway Cinema – £500k
Primary Art Gallery – £400k
Nottingham Castle – £200k
Nottingham Playhouse – £200k
The Broadway Cinema will receive the most of the four venues, as they have been awarded £499,744 to improve their terrace forecourt, ground floor entrance, box office and cafe bar.
They are looking to improve these areas to become more environmentally sustainable, as steps are taken to change their heating and cooling system to reduce carbon footprints.
Peter Knott, Area Director of Arts Council England said: “Nottingham has a thriving cultural scene, so we are naturally pleased to be investing in these four organisations as they work to become more accessible, resilient and environmentally friendly.”
The Primary Art Gallery will be awarded £405,650 to purchase the freehold of its current site – a Grade II listed former school building site.
The Arts Council will be awarding a total of £12.3 million to 46 organisations across the country under the Capital: Small Grants programme. The programme will help ensure organisations have the right building and equipment to deliver their work.