ACE announce NPO funding decision including 103 South West organisations

Arts Council England today announced that 103 organisations in the South West will be in the National Portfolio for 2018-22, receiving around £109million in funding over the four years.

This investment will give more people in more places across the South West the opportunity to experience exciting art and culture on their doorstep.

These awards are just 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 which will be 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. 

The South West at a glance:

•             103 National Portfolio organisations for 2018-22, compared to 86 in the 2015-18 portfolio

•             29 organisations joining the portfolio

•             7 organisations receiving additional funding that reflects a significant extension to their programme and ambitions

•             66 organisations receiving funding at the same level as their 2017-18 award, consolidating the core of a high-achieving sector

•             A total of 177 applications to join the 2018-22 National Portfolio received in the South West

The new National Portfolio consolidates and builds on the exceptional work being carried out by South West arts and cultural organisations during the current three-year funding period (which draws to a close on 31 March 2018). In addition, the new portfolio invests in a wider range of organisations than ever before, giving more people in more places the opportunity to experience exciting art and culture on their doorstep.

The investment in National Portfolio organisations in the South West for 2018 - 19 will be £27.3 million and £109 million over the four-year funding period.  The South West portfolio sees significant new investment in major urban centres such as Plymouth and Southampton, as well as giving audiences in areas who historically have had less chance to enjoy arts and cultural experiences more opportunities to do so in their communities, with National Portfolio organisations working primarily in Torbay, Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucester for the first time.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said: ‘This is an exceptionally strong portfolio of organisations delivering great arts and cultural experiences to audiences throughout the South West. 

“We are delighted to have increased our investment across the South West, building on a successful and established portfolio by adding innovation and rewarding artistic boldness. We are very excited about the next four years and look forward to working with all the organisations to help them to take art and culture to more people and more places than ever before.”

Arts Council England has also announced National Lottery-funded Capital awards. Four arts and cultural organisations in the South West will share a total of £1.3million which will help to give them the best buildings and equipment to deliver their excellent work.

These are CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), Tobacco Factory, Exeter Phoenix and Create Studios.

For the full list of South West organisations awarded, please see below.

VASW will continue its NPO coverage over the next week, with comment and reaction from across the Visual Arts Sector #VASWnpo


A Space Arts

Academy of Circus Arts & Physical Theatre (Circomedia)

acta Community Theatre Ltd

Action Hero

Activate Performing Arts

AIR in G (Arts in Rural Gloucestershire) Ltd

Art Asia Trust Ltd

Arts & Health South West

Arts & Heritage, Plymouth City Council (Plymouth History Centre)


Asian Arts Agency

Aspex Visual Arts Trust

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Beaford Arts

Bernard Leach Trust Limited (Leach Pottery)

Black Bird/Red Rose Productions (Mark Bruce Company)

Borough of Poole Museum Service

Bournemouth Borough Council (Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bridport Arts Centre

Bristol Cultural Development Partnership

Bristol Museums

Bristol Music Trust (Colston Hall and St Georges)

Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust Ltd

b-side Multimedia Festival CIC

Burton Art Gallery and Museum

Chapel Arts Studios

Cheltenham Festivals

Cinderford Artspace

Cornwall Museums Partnership

Create Gloucestershire

Create Studios Digital Media CIC

Creative Kernow Ltd

Creativity Works

Diverse City

Doorstep Arts

Exeter City Council (Royal Albert Memorial Museum)

Exeter Northcott Theatre

Exeter Phoenix

Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre Company Ltd

In Between Time

John Hansard Gallery

Kaleider Limited


Kneehigh Theatre Trust Ltd

Knowle West Media Centre

Libraries Unlimited South West

Literature Works

Live Theatre Winchester Trust (Hat Fair)

MAYK Theatre CIC

Miracle Theatre Trust Ltd

Newlyn Art Gallery Ltd

OpenUp Music

Paraorchestra and Friends

Pavilion Dance South West Ltd

Plymouth Culture

Plymouth Music Zone

Poole Arts Trust Limited (Lighthouse)

Portsmouth New Theatre Royal

Prema Arts Centre

Prime Theatre

Proteus Theatre Company

Real Ideas Organisation CIC (Bridge)

Real Idea Organisation CIC (Ocean Studios)

Roses Theatre Trust

Salisbury Arts Theatre Ltd

Shademakers UK Carnival Club

Somerset Art Works

Somerset Film and Video Ltd

South West Museum Development

Southampton City Council (Southampton Museums)

Spike Island ArtSpace

ss Great Britain Trust

St Pauls Carnival (Bristol) CIC

Strike A Light

Stroud Valleys Artspace

Swindon Dance

Take A Part CIC

Take Art Limited

Tangle Ltd

The Anvil Trust Ltd

The Bike Shed Theatre

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

The Hall for Cornwall Trust

The New Carnival Company CIC

The Poetry Archive

The Point

The Pound Arts Trust Ltd

The Southampton Nuffield Theatre Trust

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

The Tank Museum

The Theatre Orchard

Theatre Alibi

Theatre Bristol Ltd

Theatre Royal Plymouth Ltd

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Travaux Sauvages Ltd (Wildworks)

Travelling Light Theatre Company

Turner Sims, Southampton


The full National Portfolio and details of all ACE funding programmes for 2018-22 can be found at

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