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SeaChange Arts in Great Yarmouth given £131,000 by Arts Council for revamp

PUBLISHED: 12:37 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 25 October 2018

Ragroof Players afternoon Tea Dance at the Drill House in Great Yarmouth.     Picture: James Bass Photography

Ragroof Players afternoon Tea Dance at the Drill House in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass Photography

(C) JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Great Yarmouth-based SeaChange Arts has been awarded £131,000 funding by the Arts Council.

Mike Imerson of Dizzy ODare leads a Drillaz session on aerial hoop at SeaChange Arts  Picture: SeaChange ArtsMike Imerson of Dizzy ODare leads a Drillaz session on aerial hoop at SeaChange Arts Picture: SeaChange Arts

The project has been given the money for a development project that will enhance its capacity to create exciting new work and increase its education and outreach work with the local community.

Funding has been awarded through the Arts Council’s Capital: Small Grants programme. Five organisations across the East and South East have been awarded a total of £1.68 million.

The project will build on work that took place in 2016 to establish The Drill House as a creation centre for high-quality circus and street arts.

The new phase of development will increase the venue’s capacity to create new work and host residencies.

It will see the creation of a new, flexible outdoor courtyard space and installation of additional toilets, alongside the purchase of kitchen/dining facilities, tiered seating and a trapeze pit lining.

The Drill House’s outbuildings will also be transformed, one will be converted into an education and artists’ digital workspace, a second will be used to create a fabrication workspace and a third will be developed into a lettable space for a café.

Joe Mackintosh, Director, SeaChange Arts, said: “This really is a tremendous boost for the area.

“The next phase of work will see some much-needed enhancements to the Drill House facilities and its immediate environment – creating a more usable, attractive and safe setting for audiences and visiting artists as well as contributing to the overall regeneration of the King Street neighbourhood.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “SeaChange Arts is one of England’s best creation centres for circus and street arts.

“We’re delighted to support their ambitions to enhance this activity, whilst also supporting them to increase their work with the local community.”

The Capital: Small Grants programme helps to ensure organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, helping them build resilience and become more sustainable and innovative businesses.

The grants, which range between £100,000 and £499,999, allow organisations to consolidate and improve existing facilities and equipment, make energy efficiencies and develop new digital technologies.

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