Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter has received a grant of £24080 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 Double Elephant in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Double Elephant provides an open-access printmaking studio, support and resources for emerging and professionals artists, and for our local community, to enable people to thrive creatively.
Printmaking is a truly demographic artform, needing no prior experience or skill. It’s accessible to all people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. This award will enable Double Elephant to offer new activities to targeted local groups, and to reopen their studio in a safe and sustainable way.
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.
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.”
Claire Binden, Double Elephant’s Business Director said: "This has undoubtedly been the most challenging year in Double Elephant’s 23 year history. We know that our supporters can’t wait for us to get back to offering activities and studio access. This award will give us some security to help us build the organisation back to full strength over the next few months”
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.