YVAN welcomes today’s announcement of increased investment into visual arts infrastructure through the NPO funding awards, which will strengthen the sector’s ability to bring excellent work to wider audiences, and offer more creative opportunities and support to artists.
We know that the potential to reach greater and more diverse audiences, and the need to provide professional development for practitioners and opportunities to make new work, is reliant on the capacity and vigor of the infrastructure, importantly including the small and micro organisations sometimes referred to as its essential ‘creative dark matter’.
Greater funding for more visual arts organisations must make an important contribution towards achieving this, at the same time there remains untapped potential and unmet need which argues for redoubling our efforts to bring further investment to maximse the contribution that visual arts can make.
In Yorkshire, the NPO awards will support five new NPOs, significant increases to two existing NPOs (including part of enhanced funding for The Creative Art House to support YVAN), six new Museums brought into the portfolio, important increases to two existing services, and a new NPO focusing on the creative use of digital technologies in making interactive art.
— Adrian Friedli, YVAN Executive Director and Chair
To see the full list of Arts Council England funded NPOs for 2018-22, visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk/NPO