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Lambeth supports at risk Arts and Culture in the borough

  • Kwame Kwei-Armah © Leon Puplett

Lambeth’s world class cultural sector has been hugely impacted by the Coronavirus. In recognition of the vital role that arts and culture plays in the vibrancy of our borough, we’ve targeted a proportion of our £4.2 million Local Economy Hardship Fund at organisations who are at risk as a result of the pandemic.

Our Arts and Culture at Risk fund has now supported 25 organisations with grant awards to help them through this unprecedented time.

Grant recipients ranging from small charities to national institutions, from Waterloo to Streatham, have benefited from the fund. Collectively these arts and culture organisations employ 487 full time staff and commission 3,708 artists, freelancers or other arts and creative businesses.

The news has been welcomed by the sector, including Victoria Ijeh the founder of Iconic Steps, alongside Matthew Warchus and Kate Varah from The Old Vic and Kwame Kwei-Armah the Artistic Director of The Young Vic.

Mr Kwei-Armah said: “The Young Vic is delighted to have been awarded a grant by the Lambeth Arts and Culture at Risk Fund. These funds will be put directly towards ensuring our outreach team continues their vital work in the borough.

“For almost 50 years the Young Vic has been welcoming the people of Lambeth into our building to create and participate in theatre and, thanks to this grant funding alongside rent relief from the Council, we are confident of remaining a crucial resource for our neighbourhood as we come out of this crisis.”

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