Date published: 13 October 2020
Thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough can continue to be #hereforculture.
West Lindsey District Council, which runs the venue, was forced to close the arts centre doors in March due to Covid-19. But the venue, which is situated in the heart of Gainsborough has been thrown a lifeline and has been awarded £196,690.
The money is part of the £1.2 billion Culture Recovery Fund, aimed at mitigating the devastating impact the virus has had on arts and culture nationally.
Craig Sanders, Trinity Arts Centre Manager, submitted the bid for funding and is thrilled the arts centre has been included in the funding allocation.
He said: “This is vital funding that has come in at a critical time, not just for our venue but for many up and down the UK. This funding will allow us to deliver performances moving forward in a COVID compliant manor and helps us to prepare for future challenges.”
The arts centre has not had any cinema screenings or live performance since it closed but it has had a lot of community groups including dance and drama classes that have used the space.
Three Live streaming events are currently planned for December and tickets are now on sale for the Nut Cracker and Andre Rieu – however there is only limited availability for Michael Ball and Alfie Ball.
Cllr Jessie Milne, who is a big supporter of the arts centre welcomed the news of the grant funding.
She said: “West Lindsey District Council has been working incredibly hard to support our communities and we have allocated millions of pounds of Government funding to businesses and community groups who have been impacted by COVID-19.
“Now it is our time to receive funding to support our own venue, which will be greatly received by everyone at Trinity Arts Centre.
Centres like ours do bring a lot of joy and really brings people together and it is important that we do everything we can to safeguard its future viability.
“We are starting to programme new shows for 2021 but given the current climate, the reduced capacity and unknown weekly new Government guidelines, it is still a challenging environment.
“However, our team are working hard to make sure all our customers can safely and confidently enjoy an evening with us. We can’t wait to welcome you all back in and we hope you will all continue to support our beautiful venue.”
To book tickets and to see what shows are planned visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/trinity-arts-centre