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Arts Council NPO funding announcement brings relief but also concern for the future of Nottingham’s cultural landscape

Thu 17th Nov 2022

by Creative Quarter

14 arts organisations based in Nottingham were successful in their bid to be an Arts Council England NPO for 2023-26 with over £6million in funding committed every year. But should we have had more?

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“It’s to be celebrated that all of Nottingham’s previous NPOs continue to receive funding, and it represents a good split across artforms, with visual arts and theatre well-catered for. But I feel that it’s short-sighted of the Arts Council to only create one additional NPO in a city that has a really strong cultural and creative community.”

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Nonsuch Studios was one of the city's key arts organisations that did not receive funding


“It suggests that the Arts Council do not see the potential in the smaller arts organisations in the city, and have chosen instead to maintain the status quo. I appreciate if something’s not broken, there’s no need to fix it, but these grass roots organisations who are making a key difference in the city are going to find it harder to grow now that they will be left to rely on project funding.”

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