Arts Council to invest nearly £32million in East Sussex’s arts and culture

Culture24, Disability Arts Online and Jerwood Gallery join the National Portfolio

Twenty-one arts and cultural organisations in East Sussex will together receive £31,796,428 over four years, as today (27 June 2017) Arts Council England announces the 105 South East-based organisations that will be in the 2018-22 National Portfolio.

In East Sussex:

There will be 21 National portfolio organisations for 2018/22:

Funding shown is for the full four years

  • Blast Theory – £536,628
  • Brighton & Hove City Council – £2,794,028
  • Brighton Dome & Festival Limited – £4,599,684
  • Carousel Project – £789,952
  • NEW Culture24 – £1,184,000
  • De La Warr Pavilion – £2,033,720
  • NEW Disability Arts Online – £400,000
  • Dreamthinkspeak – £603,708
  • Fabrica – £710,300
  • Glyndebourne Productions Ltd – £6,516,220
  • Hofesh Shechter Company – £1,533,228
  • Home Live Art – £301,740
  • NEW Jerwood Gallery – £400,000
  • Lighthouse Arts and Training Ltd – £459,968
  • New Writing South – £496,768
  • Photoworks – £1,073,260
  • Project Art Works – £598,704
  • South East Dance Ltd – £2,280,676
  • South East Museum Development Programme – £2,046,448
  • Towner Art Gallery – £1,437,400
  • Vincent Dance Theatre – £999,996

Additional investment

New Writing South and Project Art Works have both been awarded increased investment for exciting, new additional work. New Writing South will receive an additional £31,000 per year for increased work with diverse writers and Project Art Works £56,676 will receive additional funding so that it can respond to demand for its expertise.

The investment in East Sussex reflects the depth and breadth of the county’s exciting cultural offer and highlights the Arts Council’s continuing commitment to investing more money than ever before outside London.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England said: ‘This is an exceptionally strong portfolio of organisations delivering great arts and cultural experiences to audiences throughout the East and South East of England. Our investment will support inventive, pioneering arts organisations, a range of museums and arts activity in libraries. It will reach into more places than ever before, providing more people of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to participate in the arts – inspiring them as artists, as audiences, or as a mix of both.

“We are delighted to be making an increased investment in East Sussex with some exciting new organisations joining the portfolio. All of our National Portfolio organisations will play an essential role in reaching more people, developing local, national and international talent, and making where they’re based great places to live, work and visit.”

The National Portfolio

The new National Portfolio consolidates and builds on much of the exceptional work done by East and South East arts and cultural organisations during the current three year (2015-18) funding agreement. The new portfolio also invests in a wider range of organisations than ever before, giving more people in more places the opportunity to experience exciting art and culture on their doorstep.

Creativity, innovation, opportunity and national reach
East Sussex is well known for its arts and cultural excellence; three new organisations will join the exciting mix of arts and cultural organisations that will receive investment during 2018-22.

From Disability Arts Online’s support for disabled artists – providing a platform for informed debate, sharing best practice, supporting creativity and commissioning new work –through to Culture24’s nationwide support for digital skills development in cultural organisations and Jerwood Gallery’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art, our investment will support some extraordinary artists and organisations, and reach many more people.

The awards are one strand of Arts Council England’s total investment in arts and culture during 2018-22, which also includes the National Lottery funded Grants for Arts and Culture scheme and strategic funds used to support targeted programmes of work that deliver the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, Arts Council England’s 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.


For more information contact:
Nick Tapper, Officer, Advocacy & Communications
South East, Arts Council England
Tel: 020 7268 9653 / 07872 417 800


Posted by sally on Tuesday 4 July 2017