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South Mill Arts receives grant of almost £95,000 from Government's Culture Recovery Fund




The Government has handed South Mill Arts £94,536 to help survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The future was looking “bleak” for Bishop’s Stortford’s arts centre in South Road, which incorporates the town’s museum, until the “lifeline” was confirmed.

It was one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country to get a share of £76m on Saturday October 17 from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Bill's Jazz Katz were the first to perform at the newly renamed South Mill Arts. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bill's Jazz Katz were the first to perform at the newly renamed South Mill Arts. Picture: Vikki Lince

Deirdre Glasgow, chairman of the charitable trust that owns and manages South Mill Arts, formerly Rhodes Arts Complex, said: “It is important for all of us that we maintain sound handholds to help us through the uncertainties of current times.

“The arts, as a way of expressing and understanding our culture – the bedrock upon which our way of life is built – has never been more important than now.

“South Mill Arts is an important pressure relief valve for Bishop’s Stortford that provides links to our shared history and heritage as well as direction and growth for the future, through the free expression of our ideas and aspirations.

Bill's Jazz Katz were the first to perform at the newly renamed South Mill Arts. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bill's Jazz Katz were the first to perform at the newly renamed South Mill Arts. Picture: Vikki Lince

“Such shared and enjoyable experiences give all of us a sense of belonging and a sense of place that we call home, and in sharing we find strength.

“The future without this grant was beginning to look very bleak indeed. This lifeline will enable us to continue with greater confidence through the dark days so that we can be there to share a brighter future with you all.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back.

“Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time.”



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