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We welcome arts funding for Derbyshire

Published: 11 November 2022

We welcome funding for the arts, culture and creativity across Derby and Derbyshire totalling almost £13.6 million over 3 years.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis welcomed the funding announced by Arts Council England which will see funding for organisations from 2023-26 in areas where it is acknowledged that funding has previously been low.

In total, 17 organisations across Derby and Derbyshire will receive a share of more than £4.5 million each year until 2026, with 8 of those organisations being in the county.

The funding is part of £446 million being given by Arts Council England to 990 organisations to ensure that more people in more places across the country can find and access art and culture on their doorsteps.

Arts Council England has said its research over the past 5 years has shown that people want and need easy access to meaningful, impactful cultural events and creative activities in the places where they live. The latest round of funding has a clear focus, Arts Council England says, on ensuring that investment is concentrated in those places that historically have been underserved.

The largest slice of funding in the county, a sum of £358,375 each year for 3 years, will go to the Creswell Heritage Trust which manages and maintains the Creswell Crags heritage site, including its collections, caves and museum.

The second-largest amount goes to Buxton Opera House which will receive £300,000 every year for 3 years.

Buxton Opera House is a leading cultural venue, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, concerts, pantomime and opera, as well as a fringe theatre and community and education programme.

Buxton received a second boost in the funding as it was also granted £122,208 for the next 3 years for Buxton Arts Festival Limited. 

Councillor Barry Lewis, who is a member of Arts Council England’s Midlands Area Council, said:

“This is a wonderful boost to arts, culture and creativity across Derbyshire and it is very welcome in areas where it is acknowledged that cultural investment and opportunity has previously been too low. It’s all about moving money out into areas other than London and larger cities and creating more opportunities in smaller towns and cities.

“I would hope that this funding will not only support organisations in Derbyshire to continue to do the excellent work they already do but help to attract new audiences of all ages and backgrounds as well as new talent, which is so important if we are to succeed in producing and nurturing exciting art, culture and creativity.”

National Portfolio Organisations 2023 to 2026 Derbyshire
Applicant name Local authority Annual funding amount
Buxton Arts Festival Ltd High Peak £122,208
Buxton Opera House High Peak £300,000
Creswell Heritage Trust Bolsover £358,375
East Midlands Jazz CIC Derbyshire Dales £78,871
Junction Arts Limited Chesterfield £252,431
Level Centre Ltd Derbyshire Dales £141,354
OPUS Music CIC Bolsover £145,000
People Express South Derbyshire £90,312

Find more information on the Arts Council investment programme.