November Club in Morpeth has received a grant of £45,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including November Club in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The grant comes at an opportune time for the November Club who recently appointed Joe Hufton as its new Artistic Director and Chief Executive in Autumn 2020.

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Joe explains:
“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund to support us as we transition to a viable operating model during April – June 2021. We have so many exciting plans for this year which challenge our way of working. This grant is going to be instrumental in helping us focus on connecting with communities in Northumberland and supporting freelancers.”

In these challenging times November Club have adapted to the pandemic, transforming a touring production into a set of audio tales, producing a digital project for schools, delivering their first live streamed event and re-working elements of their production Foods and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham into a digital collaboration with Northumberland Archives.

Joe added:
“Over the coming months, the grant will help us bring culture to new audiences online and in person. We will be #HereforCulture in terms of our work and our workforce. The grant will support new freelance artists, producers, actors and musicians. It will generate creative collaborations in rural Northumberland communities that have been isolated by the lack of social interaction.”

November Club will aim to deliver two new projects. The first, is a newly commissioned site-specific digital play in association with Museums Northumberland, live streamed from Woodhorn Colliery, Northumberland in June 2021. The broadcast will be free and the learning from the digital project will impact the work later in 2021.

The second will be a walking project. It will take inspiration from a history of pilgrimage routes in Northumberland and use St Oswald’s Way as a starting point. We will stop at eight communities along the walk and develop an artistic project. These projects will complement the walk, spark artistic conversations, engage local communities, and share hospitality as we emerge from the pandemic.

November Club is an award-winning, professional performing arts charity based in Morpeth, Northumberland. The company achieved Arts Council England National Portfolio Status (NPO) in 2012 and has remained part of the portfolio since then.

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Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

“We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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November Club
At November Club we make professional theatre and art in amazing and unusual spaces and places. We tell the stories of the people and places in the North East and create exciting and vibrant work that explores where we have come from and where we are going. We work on beaches, in forests, in old houses, in cattle markets and in secret libraries.

We like to challenge people’s thinking about what constitutes theatre by creating informative thought-provoking work. We also work with and nurture local talent, professional performers, musicians and artists as well as volunteers and amateurs.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.

About #HereForCulture
Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Whether on the global stage or quietly in our own lives, culture inspires, uplifts, comforts and entertains us. Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to provide a lifeline and show our support. The government is #HereForCulture with an unprecedented amount of funding coming through on top of the furlough scheme, bounce-back loans and emergency grants. The public has been #HereForCulture as organisations have innovated online and outdoors.

Join us to show your support – whether it’s announcing or welcoming funding or promoting online or COVID-secure ways to experience and enjoy culture.