Create Studios is delighted to announce a £195,000 award as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure a sustainable future for its award-winning digital production skills programme for young people in Swindon and the region.
The Culture Secretary announced this weekend that Create Studios is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced this weekend. This follows £257 million awarded last week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Create Studios celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, and as such is an established part of Swindon’s cultural landscape, reaching over 8000 diverse participants a year, with over 30,000 enjoying civic exhibitions in public venues, and over 3.5 million seeing its work online.
As a not-for-profit Social Enterprise, Create Studios uses income from its film and digital production activity with household names from National Trust to Chelsea FC, to build on public grants from Arts Council England and Swindon Borough Council which support a range of talent development opportunities for diverse young people in the region – from explorers through to Graduates returning to find work back in Swindon and Wiltshire.
This support for new talent won Create’s Team a Wiltshire Business Award in 2018, along with National recognition for excellence by Arts Council England when it was invited to their National Portfolio, joining Swindon’s Prime Theatre and Swindon Dance to make 3 National Portfolio Organisations in Swindon – a great accolade for the quality of the town’s Cultural offer.
This week’s award to Create Studios from the Culture Recovery Fund will support a sustainable relaunch of that award-winning Talent Development work ranging from school children to returning Media Graduates. The grant will also enable support of 2 apprenticeship roles to join the Production Team at Create, a really important commitment when many young people are struggling to find their next steps after school or college.