We are very pleased to announce that we are among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund!
This award will help us to sustain high engagement from audiences, communities and staff, diversify income streams, lead strategic and collaborative partnerships and consult communities to continually develop a model that benefits local audiences, artists & organisations long-term.
More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including The Old Courts in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
The Old Courts in Wigan has been awarded a grant of £391,202.
We are revolutionising the cultural landscape of Wigan with a community-driven arts programme that is changing people’s lives. Every corner of our building is packed with activity, exploration & enterprise, but our vision goes beyond its walls. We exist to nurture home-grown talent, expose the maximum audience to arts & culture, & put Wigan on the map as a cultural destination & hotbed of talent.
For 5 years we have been doing the groundwork to create a cultural revolution. From a derelict building, The Old Courts has grown into a self-sustaining home for artists, hosting 2,000 cultural events for 140,000+ audiences per year & a livelihood for local staff & 120+ volunteers.
During Covid-19, we had to close to the public. As we begin to reopen, the Culture Recovery Fund will enable us to welcome the communities we serve back with open arms!
The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.
"We are deeply grateful for the support received through the Culture Recovery Fund. This support has meant we have been able to listen and respond to the communities we serve and work together with communities, artists and organisations to develop opportunities in Wigan throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to this support, we can continue to work strategically and across Wigan borough to cement local partnerships, develop opportunities for artists, and give community members access to support and cultural experiences on their doorstep - all of which plays a part in developing and promoting Wigan borough into a great place for people to live, work and grow old.”
Dave Jenkins, Managing Director