A company set up to manage and develop Sunderland’s cultural venues celebrates a £1.25m boost in funding.
The grant from The Great Place Scheme is a huge early success for Sunderland Culture, the new company set up to run major city attractions and venues.
Sunderland Culture’s Chief Executive Keith Merrin was thrilled at the news:
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson, added:
As well as managing and operating venues in the city, Sunderland Culture will deliver large-scale projects like the current bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, The Great Place Scheme, and also raise the profile of the city’s arts provision.
The announcement comes weeks after £6m of funding was secured for the building of a new £8.2m auditorium adjacent to the £3.6m redevelopment of the Fire Station.
Sunderland was awarded one of only ten Heritage Action Zones by Historic England to bring Old Sunderland and the area around Fawcett Street and High Street back to life.
Other major recent cultural investments into the city have included the redevelopments of Hylton Castle and Roker Lighthouse, and the Cultural Spring arts programme.
Keith from Sunderland Culture explained how the new funds will be used in Sunderland:
Rebecca Ball, Project Director for Sunderland’s 2021 bid, said: