Birmingham Museums Trust has secured Arts Council England investment of over £4 million for the next four years (2018 – 2022), through the funder’s new national portfolio.
The Trust was recognised as outstanding throughout many areas of the application, including the creative case for diversity, which asks organisations to enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices to reach new audiences.
Funding will allow Birmingham Museums to continue to care for and develop the city’s museum collection and venues, as well as working on ambitious plans for the future of the organisation.
Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “We are thrilled to hear about our funding settlement and our status as a National Portfolio Organisation.
“This announcement confirms Arts Council England’s confidence in Birmingham Museums Trust and our plans for the future, which include the re-development of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to attract growing and increasingly diverse audiences.
“Despite challenging economic circumstances Birmingham Museums Trust has continued to adapt and thrive, inspiring learning, creativity and enjoyment for the people of the city and across the region. We care for one of the three greatest civic collections in the UK, and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the most visited civic museum in England. This funding allows us to forge ahead with our plans, while continuing to welcome our visitors to experience the outstanding collection and learn about our shared heritage across our nine sites.
“Museums should be for everyone and Arts Council England’s continued support highlights their commitment to this.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "Birmingham Museums Trust cares for one of the most important civic museum collections in England. Its sites help preserve local histories alongside exhibitions that share international stories. We're delighted to be investing in its work over the next four years, and look forward to seeing the Trust continue to draw visitors from around the world to Birmingham."
About the National Portfolio
The new National Portfolio consolidates and builds on much of the exceptional work done by the Midlands’ arts and cultural organisations during the current three year funding agreement. The new portfolio also invests in a wider range of organisations than ever before, giving more people in more places exciting art and culture on their doorstep.
In Birmingham Arts Council England will be funding 37 organisations, of which 13 will be new entrants to the portfolio and two will receive increased investment. The remaining portfolio organisations will continue to receive the same amount of funding as in 2017/18.
The awards are one strand of Arts Council England’s total investment in arts and culture during 2018-22, which also includes the National Lottery funded Grants for Arts and Culture scheme and strategic funds used to support targeted programmes of work that deliver the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, Arts Council England’s 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.
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