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- Theatre will remain a National Portfolio Organisation throughout 2023 – 2026 funding period
This morning it has been announced that Curve, one of the UK’s leading producing theatres based in a Leicester, will receive ongoing funding from Arts Council England and remain a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).
During 2023-26 Curve will receive a standstill amount of £1,949,247 million a year.
Funding provided by Arts Council England enables organisations such as Curve to help deliver its 10-year Let’s Create strategy, which aims to ensure that by 2030 England will be a country in which creativity is valued and given the chance to flourish. It also aims to ensure that everyone has access to a range of high-quality cultural experiences.
Responding to the news, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“This continued support from Arts Council England is vital for the future of our theatre. As our towns and cities rebuild from the impact of Covid, and households and businesses navigate the challenges of the cost-of-living crisis, now more than ever we need a dynamic and vibrant arts ecology that speaks to and reflects 21st century England. Whilst we do not underestimate the difficult times ahead, this NPO grant will provide us with the opportunity to build on our success and ensure our theatre truly matters to as many people as possible in our terrific city and beyond. We would like to thank Arts Council England for this important investment in Curve.”
Governed by an executive board and national and area councils, Arts Council England is an organisation which works to champion and develop art and culture across the country.
Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, said:
“Curve is at the heart of Leicester’s thriving cultural scene and produces and launches great theatre that entertains and inspires us. We’re delighted to be investing in their work over the next three years and it’ll be great to see our funding used to engage audiences with their innovative productions, on stages across the Midlands, the West End and beyond.”