Cash help for North Devon Theatres

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon Theatres Trust has been granted increased funding over the three years from Arts Council England.

Yesterday (Wednesday) the result of funding bids from arts organisations across the country was announced, with South West groups receiving funding cut from 78 to 69.

North Devon Theatres, which runs the Queens’s Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark in Ilfracombe, had asked for an increase of just over 42 per cent and was awarded the full amount.

In 2012/13 it will get �77,000, rising to �78,771 and �80,819 in the following years.

The Arts Council said the organisation’s bid for funding was strongly recommended for support because it “made explicit the case with regards to artistic impact, good management and financial stability.”

Alan Giddings, chief executive at North Devon Theatres, said:

“This ringing endorsement is obviously very pleasing given the hard work of the past few years and acknowledges our strategic multi-arts approach. Although it won’t solve all our problems, it will undoubtedly help us to deliver the arts for the region for the next few difficult years.”

Elsewhere in the region, bids of �600,000 from Dartington Arts near Totnes and more than �500,000 by the Northcott Theatre in Exeter were rejected.

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