We were delighted this week to hear that we are to receive Arts Council funding to the tune of £320,000. The monies will go towards a programme of capital works, including improvements to the studios, gallery and offices. It affords us a great opportunity to upgrade facilities, but with it comes the responsibility of ensuring that our delivery of grassroots arts and cultural services to artists and residents in East London is strengthened – and sustainable.
Sustainability was a very strong consideration in our bid to the Arts Council. The potential, via the capital upgrades to studios, to ease our carbon footprint and consequently the pressure on upwardly spiralling costs, will help us to keep our spaces affordable. The improvements to the gallery will serve us in improving and extending our cultural offer in some of the country’s most deprived wards. The improvements to office space will result in synergies that allow us to develop our business model. The funding is a great vote of confidence in our work to make East London a place where great art happens and is appreciated, not only for our current artists and local residents, but for future creatives. All in all it is a very exciting time to talk sustainable development.