The Bernie Grant Arts Centre awarded Arts Council funding: Elevate

The Bernie Grant Arts Centre has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Elevate fund, set up with National Lottery funding to tackle the under-representation of diverse organisations nationally, particularly BAME and Disability-led, and to strengthen the resilience of those who are contributing to the Creative Case for Diversity.

The Elevate grant, £100,000 across a two year period, will enable the Bernie Grant Arts Centre to invest in the future of the organisation by expanding our staff force, developing our artistic programme, and creating more opportunities for Black artists and diverse audiences to engage with the arts, thereby redressing the participation diversity gap within the sector.

“We are delighted to be part of Elevate. The mission of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre is to champion and support Black artists telling their own stories. Now more than ever, a culturally diverse arts sector is vital, and the support of the Arts Council will allow us to take the work we do to the next level – developing bold new work by some of the best creative talent in the world.” – Hannah Azieb Pool, Artistic Director & CEO, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

With this grant, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre will continue supporting Black artists, emerging and established alike, and deliver high-quality productions in the venue’s theatre, studios and outdoor spaces, so we can make our mark locally, nationally and in the arts community as a whole.

“The only way is up for the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. We have never been in a stronger position to deliver our mission of providing the platform for and being a repository of the very best of culturally diverse art forms and the dynamic Black British artistic experience. This recognition by the Arts Council will enable us to build on that and put artists at the very centre of the communal conversation in Tottenham and beyond. Expect the unexpected.” – Dotun Adebayo, Chair, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

We look forward to sharing this journey with our supporters.

BGAC team

For more information about Elevate visit the Arts Council website.