Funding joy for Towner

THE ARTS Council is doubling its funding for the Towner.

From 2012 to 2015 it will increase its grant by £179,000 to £375,000.

The news comes after government cuts to the Arts Council budget of 29.6 per cent over the next four years.

From April 2012 a new national portfolio programme will replace the Arts Council’s current funding system.

A council spokesperson said that in light of this, the Towner had to reapply for support and, along with all other arts organisations across the country, found out whether funding had been cut, remained the same or increased.

Many well-known organisations and arts venues have suffered massive cash cuts or an end to Arts Council financial support altogether.

Eastbourne’s senior head of tourism and leisure Tracey McNulty said, “The Towner is delighted to have been accepted as one of Arts Council England’s first National Portfolio Organisations, following the invitation to all arts organisations to apply in November 2010.

“We especially thank Arts Council assessors for awarding Towner additional funding of £196,000 per annum at this time of economic hardship.

“This decision reflects the outstanding value which the Towner currently offers and our exceptional ability to deliver Arts Council England’s strategy of Great Art for Everyone.

“This decision recognises the Towner’s key role in the national visual arts infrastructure in presenting major exhibitions of contemporary art and inspiring audiences through our award-winning programmes of learning and outreach.”