Last night, the UK Government announced an unprecedented £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions.
- Cultural and heritage organisations are to be protected with £1.57 billion support package
- The future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will be protected with emergency grants and loans
- Funding will be provided to restart construction work at cultural and heritage sites paused as a result of the pandemic
- £59 million of funding will be made available to Wales.
Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales said:
“This is very welcome news – the lifeline for the arts that so many in Wales have been calling for. Arts and cultural organisations saw their earned income disappear overnight, and with the end of the furloughing scheme on the horizon, the future looked very bleak. We don’t yet know when arts venues will be able to re-open, but this announcement allows us to plan with a greater sense of optimism.”
The Arts Council will be discussing next steps with the Welsh Government and other cultural partners and will make announcements as soon as possible.