Nottingham Playhouse celebrates Catalyst success

Sunday 20th May 2012

Catalyst arts funding

Nottingham Playhouse is delighted to have been awarded funding through the Arts Council’s new Catalyst Arts programme – one of only 173 successful applicants nationwide.

Catalyst is the new £100 million culture sector wide private giving investment programme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more funding from private sources. The programme is made up of investment from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Building capacity

Nottingham Playhouse is a registered charity and relies on donations and sponsorship, as well as ticket sales and subsidy from the Arts Council and local authorities, to continue developing its programme of world-class theatre and ground-breaking education and community work. This Catalyst Arts investment of up to £180,000 over three years will help build the Playhouse’s fundraising capacity and will offer incentives for donors to become more involved in the life of the theatre.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse said:

“There were many good bids that didn’t get through so we are delighted that the Arts Council has selected Nottingham Playhouse as a recipient of Catalyst funding.

“This important award will enable us to continue to invest in great theatre, in the highest quality access and education work and in continuing to develop our very strong and essential relationships with generous donors, charitable trusts and foundations and within the business community.

More great theatre

Stephanie added: “Support from individual donors, charitable trusts and generous and forward-thinking businesses is also essential if we are to revive White Peacock, our ground breaking piece of theatre specially created for young people with severe and multiple learning disabilities. Nottingham Playhouse will also be fundraising to make the theatre more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the building in December 2013.

“It is vital that we raise money, from all sources, so that we can continue to create fantastic, world-class theatre, entertaining, educating and engaging with as many people as we possibly can.”