After announcing a significant drop in income (over £1.1m) due to closure that left the organisation at risk, we are pleased to announce that Arts Council England (ACE) have granted the Pavilion £375,000 through its Emergency Response Fund.

Read the Arts Council England statement here 

This support, along with the loan of £350,000 from Rother District Council (RDC) and the government’s job retention scheme, will sustain the Pavilion over the coming months as we start a phased re-opening and begin activity as best we can.

Thank you to ACE and RDC who have, once again, demonstrated their unique partnership in supporting the Pavilion, not only in recognition of its significant national role in culture and heritage, visual arts and music, but also the active part it plays in the visitor economy of the region, as well as the supporting the local community, local business, skills and employment.

There is no doubt that we are looking at a “new normal” at the Pavilion.  Our outside terrace bar has been a welcome first step and we have enjoyed the opportunity to talk to our community. However, the logistics of operating and keeping our staff and customers safe are challenging.  We have been trying to think creatively about how we re-open and will be making further announcements about this shortly.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and support during the closure  – to those who have donated, have not asked for a refund, have donated some or more of their ticket price back to the Pavilion or who have become a Member and Patron – we can’t thank you enough.

There are still uncertain times and challenges ahead, but this financial package gives us the stability to move forward and continue with further fundraising efforts for the building and the programme.

We are your Pavilion and hope to see you very soon.


Posted by sally on Tuesday 7 July 2020