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Major funding award for Torbay Culture Board

16th August 2016

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Torbay Culture Board has secured £245,000 of funding from Arts Council England to deliver the next phase of Torbay’s ten year cultural strategy.

The award will be used to develop cultural projects, audiences and engagement in Torbay over a three year period, including a ground-breaking new ‘arts and culture on referral’ initiative in partnership with Torbay’s health sector.

Councillor Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, said: “The approval of this grant is recognition of the hard work that the many delivery partners, including Torbay Council, have put in to develop and implement the cultural strategy. We’re excited to use this funding to enable us to continue these partnerships, deliver effective change and provide a significant uplift in Torbay’s cultural profile and participation in the existing offer.”

Torbay’s ten year cultural strategy lays out a vision for Torbay’s development as a distinctive cultural centre.  Its main aims are to enable arts and culture to flourish; to get more people engaged in arts and culture and to increase the social and economic impact of culture. The strategy’s objectives are being increasingly woven into Torbay’s strategic thinking, with significant cultural elements newly embedded in Torbay’s Tourism Strategy and Strategy for Health, for example.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the delivery of Torbay’s Cultural Strategy with this further investment of £245,000. Placing arts and culture at the heart of growth plans brings huge benefits to the community, creating a stronger local economy and making Torbay a healthier, happier place to live. This type of investment by Arts Council England shows our commitment to working in partnership with local authorities and local partnerships to support this growth in innovative and exciting ways.”

Kate Farmery, Executive Director of the Culture Board, added: “We are thrilled to receive this further award from Arts Council England, to enable great art to address Torbay’s critical social and economic needs.  We have already created an infrastructure in which arts and culture can thrive and tested different approaches to cultural delivery.  Now we can connect with even more people and have a greater impact.”

Paul Woolnough, Chair of the Culture Board, said: “There are some great cultural highlights already in the Torbay calendar, from a revitalised International Agatha Christie festival to next year’s The Tale festival in venues right across the Bay.  This award will allow us to raise our artistic ambitions still further, connecting with local audiences and putting Torbay on the map as a popular cultural destination.”

For more information contact Executive Director Kate Farmery  or 01803 207389


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