ACAVA Awarded the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Continuity Support Grant

We are delighted to announce that ACAVA has been awarded the Continuity Support grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

We would like to thank the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England (ACE) for this continued recognition of our work.

This third round of support will allow us to continue to support our artists in financial need, increase our capacity to develop artists creative professional development, fund infrastructure improvements, increase studios capacity, and offer financial stability as we emerge out of the pandemic.

Tom Holley, ACAVA’s CEO said: “We are delighted to have received support from the Culture Recovery Fund’s Continuity Support which will enable us to continue our work in supporting artists and providing creative workspace. This grant allows us to extend our dedicated fund which supports artists in financial need to continue to make work; to make infrastructure improvements and increase the capacity in some of our studios; and to develop new professional development programmes to support artists within the post-pandemic cultural landscape. The funding also creates additional resources and team capacity to operate safe and healthy workspaces and to support the development of the organisation into the future.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

The Continuity Support grant is part of the Government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19.

The aim of this strand of the fund was to continue to support organisations that had Culture Recovery Fund investment in the past but needed additional financial support to transition back to full operation as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.


  Image: Artist Sabi North at ACAVA Whitefriars Studios. Photo by Zute Lightfoot