Chris Skidmore MP has welcomed the announcement that a £170,859 support grant has been received by the Academy of Circus Arts and Physical Theatre, or Circomedia, based in Kingswood. The local performing arts organisation received this grant as part of the latest round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
The MP visited the Academy on Friday 16th April for a tour of the Britannia Road site and to learn about their work and how this critical funding will help support their projects as Coronavirus restrictions continue to be lifted in the coming weeks.
On his visit, Chris had the chance to see the school’s work in action and learned about the training courses and circus skills workshops they are offering as activities gradually return to normal.
The Government has made an unprecedented £1.57bn available through its Culture Recovery Fund to support heritage organisations and the wider cultural sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding package has helped reach the organisations which were most affected by the pandemic, supporting the cultural, creative and heritage sectors as they welcome back visitors in the coming months.
Over £1.2 billion worth of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund has already been allocated across the country, offered to more than 5,000 individual organisations and sites. This includes over £800 million to almost 3800 arts, culture and heritage organisations in England, helping to support at least 75,000 jobs.
Circomedia is just one of the local organisations which have received funding distributed in Round 2 of the scheme, with a total of £283,959 in awards made in the Kingswood constituency so far.
Chris Skidmore said: “It was fantastic to visit Circomedia and meet the team and staff who have worked tirelessly to adapt to the pandemic these past few months. The Government continues to recognise the importance of supporting our local cultural and heritage organisations which are at the heart of our communities, and I am delighted that this latest grant will help Circomedia and others in Kingswood restart their activities, ensuring our local heritage sector and economy can rebuild and thrive as restrictions are lifted.”
Nicolas Young, Circomedia CEO, said: “We were delighted that our local MP was able to see Circomedia in action, with 90 young people and 20 staff on site in our first youth circus project since restrictions were eased. He therefore got to see a key part of the work that the Cultural Recovery Grant is helping to ensure continues and improves into the future.
The Kingswood Estate has been home to Circomedia for over 25 years, and our plans are to sustain and develop youth activities there for many years to come.”