- Boundless Theatre to receive £59,460 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
- Boundless Theatre among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
- This grant will ensure that more young adults aged 15-25 can experience cultural, social experiences over the coming months and connect with each other through hybrid in-person and digital artistic development. By expanding our Advisory Group, commissioning artists to further explore work scheduled for production over the next 12 months and working with freelancers to deliver audience and creative development Boundless is not only here for culture but here for all young adults.
Boundless Theatre in South Bermondsey has received a grant of £59,460 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 Boundless Theatre in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Boundless Theatre supports a community of young adults to be creative. Through exhilarating, shareable work, the company promotes meaningful social experiences around culture. By being in dialogue with a vibrant and diverse youth culture and investing in and being inspired by early career artists both live and digital productions, often co-created with teenagers and young adults are building meaningful community across the UK and further afield.
The grant will specifically enable Boundless to:
- Invest in the creative development of our postponed work and transition to a new producing model which will merge audience and artistic development, taking our audience with us on a longer-term journey of discovery ahead of live productions returning when possible.
- Programme digital presentations of creative work in development and interactive workshops and Q&As that can be presented in a hybrid in person and digital way for 15-25 year olds
- Expand our Advisory Group of 15-25 year olds and provide further community building outreach activities
- Recruit a freelance project manager to prepare our future productions and support their creative development from April to June.
- Recruit a freelance project manager to create new marketing and audience development strategies for our productions and support their creative development April to June
- Further develop boundlesstheatre.org.uk to host diverse content, build community and speak directly with audiences to build stronger relationships for future work. Development of digital platforms, data analysis skills and CRM will help us better manage and serve our community and programming strategies, as well as test new ways to earn income from these digital activities 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 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.”
Artistic Director & CEO of Boundless Theatre, Rob Drummer said:
“This funding has come at a crucial time as we seek to invigorate and double down on our commitment to our community of 15-25 year olds. We have ambitious plans to recover from the pandemic that has so devastated theatre over the past year and has deeply impacted the mental health of all young people.
Boundless exists to champion the creativity of young adults, and through this funding we can now go further in creating highly relevant experiences, new creative work and grow our community through hybrid digital and in-person experiences. To be able to do that whilst also creating new freelance jobs and grow our Advisory Group is something we are incredibly grateful for.”
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.
Notes to Editors
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19.
At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.
Boundless Theatre creates exhilarating, relevant and shareable theatre with and for teenagers, young adults and curious others, responding to a vibrant and diverse global culture. They promote conversation, collaboration and exchange across the UK, Europe and internationally. The company has continued to push the boundaries of work for this audience since it was established twenty years ago. Under Rob Drummer’s artistic direction, the company relaunched in 2016 and has continued to celebrate the unlimited potential of our young adult audience. Beyond their work on stage they empower and inspire teenagers and young adults through a range of opportunities across the UK. Through the Accelerator programme and artistic development initiatives they invest in future creative talent now, and empower a new generation of artists to be extraordinary.
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