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Newark culture spots win Government funding

Posted onPosted on 28th Apr

Some of Newark’s cornerstones of culture have again been successful in their bid for the Government’s Cultural Recovery Funding, awarded by Arts Council England.

The Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre and Newark Castle will all benefit from this second round of funding, following a successful first bid awarded in October last year.

On this occasion, applicants were restricted to apply for a maximum of 50% of their previous award. However, Newark and Sherwood District Council was awarded the full £47,500 they bid for to go towards further investment in cultural activities at the Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre and Newark Castle.

October’s funding facilitated the launch of The Acorns Project to promote culture across the district and which has gone on to hold a variety of cultural outreach events, including virtual book clubs, art socials and sewing sessions. Most recently The Acorns Project curated the well-received ‘Off Mute: Local Voices From A Year Like No Other’ installation at Newark Castle, in place between 19th to 29th March.

Additionally, the grant has enabled the Palace Theatre team to plan a summer season of shows at Newark Castle, funding marquees, barriers, wireless card machines and signage to ensure the events can take place in a fully Covid-secure way. Other safety equipment has also been purchased for the Theatre itself so that when it is able to reopen, audiences can be reassured of their safety.

The second round of funding will once again enable the cultural engagement programme to continue.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is fantastic news for these wonderful venues at the heart of our district’s cultural offer. Arts and culture have the power to really enhance our lives and are especially needed after the difficult past year. This funding will allow us to keep increasing access to cultural activity for our residents over the next 3 months through outreach activity both digitally and, hopefully soon, in person.”