Arts Council England today announced the long-awaited funding decisions for the next few years. Many organisations have lost out completely, others have their funds cut by varying degrees but others have increases in line with inflation or in some cases a lot more.
So very sad to see some great arts institutions suffering but relief that there should at least be some culture being regularly funded.
It’s worth noting though that for a lot of places the ACE funding is only part of the picture. Organisations like Liverpool Biennial, FACT, the Bluecoat, Open Eye etc. in the past have received a good fraction of their income from places such as the local Council (who we know are making huge cuts) and the NWDA (which has been scrapped) as well as other supporters that are now tightening their belts.
We’ve heard that Metal at Edge Hill Station where we hold the Liverpool Art Prize is getting a good increase overall so that’s good news.