Plymouth cultural organisations have retained significant investment from Arts Council England in their recent Investment Programme 2023-26 announcement.

A total of £12.34 million will be invested in Plymouth over the next three years, spread across eight organisations 

Arts Council England awards ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ status to organisations that create excellent cultural work and open up the arts and museums to new audiences in exciting and engaging ways. It means the organisations will receive three years of regular income from ACE to help fund organisational running costs and develop new projects.

Plymouth Culture will continue to support and help grow culture in the city’s communities thanks to the funding awarded by Arts Council England.

Plymouth Culture has been offered £135,447 per annum, which will enable it to continue developing the nationally-recognised Culture Plan that aspires to turn Plymouth into an international beacon for culture.

Its vision involves culture being at the heart of driving the city’s economic development, while creating cultural opportunities right across the city, particularly in disadvantaged areas. 

Hannah Harris, CEO Plymouth Culture said: “It is fantastic news that Plymouth’s cultural sector has retained the significant level of Arts Council investment achieved in the previous funding round.

“This is a mark of the outstanding cultural leadership within the city’s cultural organisations and the ongoing support for culture from Plymouth City Council. This secures an exciting programme of cultural activity for the city over the next three years.”

Organisations offered funding in the recent announcement include (figures are per annum):

  • The Box – retaining £1.2m 
  • Beyond Face – joining the portfolio £250,000
  • The Theatre Royal Plymouth – retaining £1.2m
  • Real Ideas – retaining £860,817
  • Barbican Theatre Plymouth – retaining £198,710
  • KARST – retaining £142,576
  • Literature Works – retaining £98,333 

Unfortunately, some cultural organisations in the city will experience changes to their funding as part of the announcement, including Take A Part and Plymouth Music Zone. Plymouth Culture and all the organisations listed here remain committed to working with them to support these organisations through this change.

Hannah Harris added: “We are aware that a number of organisations have had changes to their funding and will be working with them to hopefully ensure their role in the city can continue.

“I’d like to thank all of them for the significant contribution they have made to Plymouth, its communities and its culture through an incredibly challenging few years, and we wish to do all that we can to enable this to continue”