Leeds arts centre dodges national funding axe

Karen Watson and Jon Wakeman with images for  East Street Arts's Multitude show.
Karen Watson and Jon Wakeman with images for East Street Arts's Multitude show.
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AN arts centre in Leeds has avoided devastating cuts across the country – and has instead been given four times it’s current funding.

Ecstatic bosses at East Street Arts are celebrating after the Arts Council for England announced they were to see their funding rocket from £46,000 to £190,000 for 2012-2015.

The award is thought to be the highest of its kind in Yorkshire.

East Street Arts chair, Roddy Hunter told the YEP: “We are delighted that our ambitious bid for National Portfolio funding has been successful. We recognise the significance of the increased level of funding we have been awarded where many colleagues and friends in the sector are contemplating less welcome prospects. Our bid focused on responding strategically as an artist-led organisation to the changing circumstances of the sector. We emphasised the importance of partnership working and art form development to the development of our organization and the sector as a whole.”

As reported in the YEP last week, The Arts Council for England revealed next year it is reducing the grants it gives to some of the city’s leading arts organisations by up to 40 per cent.

They include Red Ladder Theatre Company and Northern Ballet who are both bracing themselves for massive funding hits.

East Street Arts offers studio spaces and opportunities for artists to show their work. It recently opened new spaces in Chapeltown and Holbeck.

Mr Hunter added: “We will work as hard as we can to fulfil Arts Council England’s view that East Street Arts is ‘recognised as a leader in the field’. We look forward now to developing and delivering ambitious, high quality projects for the benefit of our sector.”

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