Somerset short changed again
Arts Council funding has just been announced for arts organisations around the South West, And once again it is hugely disappointing. Out of a total of £111m awarded, just £3.8m has been awarded to arts organisations in Somerset. That is just 3.4% of the total.
The big winners this year have been the East Quay project in Watchet awarded £744,000. The project run by the Onion co-operative has already attracted multiple grants over the past 4 years. However this is the icing on the cake.
Also celebrating will be the Little Bulb Theatre company, based in Frome. The company which produces touring productions have been awarded £720,000.
Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre which is going through a major renovation will receive £760,000.
The other significant grant is for South West Heritage which runs the Somerset Museum (Taunton) and Rural Life Museum (Glastonbury – pictured) among other things. Their grant amounts to £637.800.
Take Art Limited, the theatre group producing productions to tour rural locations have been awarded £490,131.
Among the smaller awards is a grant for Langport based Somerset Art Works who receive £275,000. While Somerset Film in Bridgwater have been awarded a grant of £267,000
However for context, one award, to Wiltshire Creative, for £3.9m was for more than all the Somerset organisations put together. Overall it is small change once again for our excellent and underfunded arts scene.