October 12, 2020 Edge

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Photo: Joel Fildes

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre has been awarded £137,591 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help facethe challenges of thecoronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced todayas part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

As Manchester’s Award Winning Theatre For Participation, The Edge runs a comprehensive participatory programme alongside professional theatre provision, receiving some of the best small scale touring theatre in the country and producing exciting new work.

Based in a 19th Century former Red Cross Hospital in Chorlton, South Manchester, The Edge is a unique space to take part in great theatre and see high-quality, small-scale theatre from around the country. It was launched in 2011 with award winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Mark Rylance as its patrons.

The Edge also houses rehearsal rooms and workshop spaces available for hire and is home to a fabulous cafe The Dressing Room (Observer Food Monthly Award Winners 2018) which hosts a training programme in hospitality for adults with learning disabilities.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

The Edge’s Artistic Director and CEO Janine Waters said:

“Today’s announcement comes after months of worry and uncertainty and brings with it a massive sense of relief for our staff, our artists, our participants and our supporters. This funding will allow us to get through the months ahead, to plan, to build and to come back even stronger.”