Welcome financial support for Aberystwyth Arts Centre

21/10/2020

Aberystwyth Arts Centre has secured additional funding from Arts Council Wales in order to face the financial challenge that faces it in light of COVID-19.

The additional funding (£599,448) was announced today, Wednesday 21 October, as part of the Welsh Government Cultural Recovery Fund to support arts organisations and institutions in Wales during the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to Arts Centre Director, Dafydd Rhys, this additional funding is vital to maintain the Arts Centre over the coming months, as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

“This is an unprecedented period. Although we’ve been running a number of online activities, the Centre itself has essentially been closed since mid-March and this has had a damaging effect on our financial situation.”

“Aberystwyth Arts Centre is an important focus of the Arts in mid and west Wales and it’s a stage to artists and performers of all ages, and it will have a key role to play as we proceed to re-build the sector following this immensely challenging period.”

The Arts Centre was also successful in its bid for funding to improve its digital networks.

This will enable the Arts Centre to present an electronic tickets system, as opposed to printed tickets, and will strengthen the Arts Centre’s digital platform for online classes.

Since September the Arts Centre’s popular dance classes have continued online and there are plans in place to offer more creative sessions in various disciplines this way.

Theatr y Werin will also be adapted to be a cinema space, as the Arts Centre’s main cinema auditorium is not large enough to account for the required social distancing.

Dafydd Rhys added: “in addition to being a centre for the arts, it’s also an important focus for the local community here in Aberystwyth, and to the University, and this additional funding helps us bridge this extraordinary and challenging period and to maintain those services which are so central to the artistic life of this region.”

The Arts Centre has recently faced another challenge since late summer after extremely heavy rain fall caused flooding which damaged its wooden flooring.

The work to install new flooring continues, with the hope that work will be completed by the start of 2021.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a national flagship for the arts. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development.

The Arts Centre is supported by Arts Council Wales, Aberystwyth University and Ceredigion County Council.

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