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Spring receives Culture Recovery Grant

£94,000 grant awarded (more...)

Local venues start to re-open

The Spring and Regis Centre re-open (more...)

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Spring receives Culture Recovery Grant

We are delighted to share with you the news that we were successful in our application to the Government's Culture Recovery Grant. 

The last eight months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. Of course, there have been moments of immense sadness and anxiety, but these have been countered with sparks of light and joy. Working with artists on exciting ideas and projects, hearing from our audiences, opening the doors, and beginning to present events again have all made the hard times much more bearable. But the financial impact of the pandemic has been huge.

We made it through the first six months of the year thanks to the support of our audiences and funders and a special Emergency Grant from Arts Council England. The second half of the year, without a furlough scheme to rely on and operating at a fraction of our usual capacity, is when we knew things were going to get even tougher. I am delighted to say that thanks to this funding that picture has changed.  We can now rest assured that we will make it through the rest of this financial year. Instead of worrying about how to pay each bill, we can focus on investing in our work and the artists who make it possible and we can increase our staffing capacity to make sure we deliver our plans effectively. It is a huge relief!

The £94,000 we have been awarded from the Cultural Recovery Fund will change the way we work for the rest of the financial year. 

Within our grant we have allocated some funds for particular projects which we think are important and which would not be possible without this funding.  We are delighted that our grant includes some additional support of Music Fusion, the youth music charity based in our museum. For our theatre audiences, the funding will mean we can continue to deliver live events and films as the pandemic continues. Those of you who have been to an event since we reopened will know that social distancing means we can fit just 36 people into the theatre for performances, which means the ticket income does not cover the event costs. Now we will be able to be more flexible with the things that take place and can continue to welcome audiences in for a wide range of activities. The same applies for workshops, almost all of which can continue now even if ticket sales don't cover the fees of our professional tutors. Our museum can remain open and we can continue to care appropriately for our collection, our planned exhibitions can go ahead and for those people not yet comfortable with coming into a building we can continue to deliver activities online. In short, we can deliver our work and be here for our community in a way which has not been guaranteed since February.

Sophie Fullerlove, Director and Chief Executive

Posted: 13/10/2020

Local venues start to re-open

Local theatres and performance venues are at last starting to re-open after the lockdown imposed by the Covid-19 virus.

From Tuesday 1 September, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant will be open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The cafe will be open, along with the box office, museum and two new exhibitions. They will also start to show some live events and films in evenings and at weekends. Click here to read all about it.

The Regis Centre in Bognor is already open - you can go along and enjoy a coffee or snack at the Theatre Cafe, or pop to the Box Office Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Click here to find out more.

Posted: 25/08/2020

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