Arts council funding: the winners and losers

Small regional organisations have done best, while one in four of the losers is London-based

Almost one in four of the Arts Council funding losers – 47 of the 206 organisations losing their entire grants – are based in London. The capital and the south-east were hit hard, but that partly reflects the number of arts organisations based there.

Although a cash increase was announced for 321 organisations nationally, allowing for inflation running at over 4% only 275 will see an increase in real terms. Most of the organisations get well under £500,000 a year, with only 65 over the £800,000 mark – and of those, 54 will suffer a real-terms cut. Many of the biggest, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, will see their money cut by 15% in real terms over the three-year funding agreement. In percentage terms many small regional organisations, particularly those with contemporary art and music and touring ambitions, have done best. Here are some real-term winners and losers by region and discipline:



ICA, where new director Gregor Muir took office only last month: 42% cut

Barbican arts centre: 108% increase


Shared Experience: entire grant cut

Almeida: 49% cut

Arcola: 82% increase

Punchdrunk: 141% increase


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: 15% real-terms cut


The Place: 20% cut.

The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs: entire grant cut


English Pen, promoter of writers and writing: 190% increase

Poetry Book Society, established by TS Eliot in 1953: entire grant cut

North-east and north-west


Baltic centre for contemporary art, Gateshead: increase to nearly £3m

Mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art): 143% increase

Yorkshire Sculpture Park: 15% cut


Sheffield contemporary art programme: grant cut


Theatre by the Lake, Keswick: 22% increase

Maltings Theatre, Berwick: 270% increase


Ballet Lorent, Gateshead: 35% increase


Psappha, a new music group based in Glossop, Derbyshire: 40% increase


New Writing North: 50% increase



Phoenix Arts, Leicester: new grant

Lincoln Arts Trust: almost 300% increase

Threshold Studios, Northampton: 108% increase


Buxton Opera House: 10% cut

Red Earth Theatre, Derbyshire: new grant


Retina dance company, Nottingham: 25% increase

Dance4, Nottingham: 47% increase


Tindal Street, a Birmingham-based independent publisher: entire grant cut

East, south-east and south


Colchester Arts Centre: 53% increase

Norfolk and Norwich festival: 87% increase

ArtSway, New Forest: entire grant cut

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne: 81% increase


Watermill Theatre Newbury: 28% increase

Trestle theatre, based in St Albans: grant cut

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth: 50% cut


Britten Sinfonia: 12% increase

Glyndebourne touring opera and education: 2% cut

Academy of Ancient Music, Cambridge: £171,000 first-time grant

Aldeburgh Music: 10% cut


Dance East, Ipswich: 27% increase



Cornwall Arts Centre, Truro: 24% cut

Dorchester Arts Centre: 56% increase

Watershed Arts, Bristol: 106% increase


Bristol Old Vic: no change

Forkbeard Fantasy, Bristol: entire grant cut

Northcott theatre, Exeter: entire grant cut


Bath Festivals: 11% cut

Wren Music, Devon: entire grant cut


Dance South West: 103% increase

• this article was amended on 1 April 2011. The original said incorrectly that Phoenix Arts, Leicester and Red Earth Theatre, Derbyshire had had their grants cut. In fact they have new grants. This has been corrected.


Maev Kennedy

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