The Theatre Royal Bath has today (Tuesday 10th January) announced the organisations which will be receiving grants from its CREATIVE FUND. The nine organisations from across the South West have attended a presentation evening at the Ustinov Studio, where the cheques were presented by Mr Michael Eavis, founder of the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.
Photos by Charlie Matters.
The successful projects are –
· The Theatre Bath Theatre Bus, which has been given a grant to purchase the generator required to power performances, workshops and events in rural and out-of-town areas;
· Changing Tunes, a charity working with prisoners, young offenders and ex-prisoners using music and song writing as a means of rehabilitation – their grant will go towards the purchase of essential recording and sound equipment.
· SWALLOW, a Radstock-based charity, working with teenagers and adults with learning disabilities, to fund a year-long programme of multi-media workshops and an outdoor performance.
· The Rondo Theatre will receive a grant to replace sound and lighting equipment
· The Mead Academy Trust receive a contribution towards their project to build a standalone Art Studio space for pupils and the local community at Mead Primary School in Trowbridge;
· Bath Film Festival receive funding towards plans to purchase an inflatable cinema screen, increasing the number of outdoor film screenings and better access to festivals and outdoor events;
· Trowbridge Town Hall Youth Arts, who receive a grant to improve the technical facilities at the Town Hall for youth drama, dance companies and other community organisations;
· Bath Abbey, whose grant will go towards curating and displaying artwork by local schoolchildren, creating Bath’s biggest outdoor gallery while restoration work takes place at the Abbey, and
· Bowlish Infants School, receive a grant towards their Plays in the Playground project, to provide plays and workshops for pupils and community groups across three schools in the Shepton Mallet area.
The Creative Fund was established in 2015 through the activities of Theatre Royal Bath Productions, the Theatre Royal’s own production company, which has successfully presented shows in the West End, on national tours and overseas for the past nineteen years. More than 80 applications were received for this year’s Fund, which was open to organisations working in all forms of the Arts within a 20 mile radius of the Theatre Royal.
Theatre Royal Bath Director, Danny Moar, said
“We’ve been overwhelmed once again with the interest in the Creative Fund, and thrilled that we have been able to support arts development in Bath and the surrounding area for a second year. We look forward to working with these successful organisations over the next twelve months as they continue to enhance provision for the Arts across the amateur, professional and community spectrum.”