Seven Norfolk arts organisations will receive a total of £17m in Arts Council England funding

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Seven arts and cultural organisations in Norfolk are to receive a total of £17m in Arts Council England funding.

The news comes as Arts Council England announces its funding decisions across the country for its National Portfolio 2018-22.

The Norfolk organisations will together receive £17,057,092 over four years, an increase of £211,818 per year for Norfolk.

The organisations and the total funding they will receive over the four years include:

Creative Arts East - £600,000

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curious directive - £359,272

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust (NPO) - £3,258,108*

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust (SSO) – £2,000,000*

Norfolk Museums Service (NPO) - £4,812,680*

Norfolk Museums Service (SSO) - £1,745,128*

Norwich Arts Centre - £728,284

The Seachange Trust - £1,560,000

Writers' Centre Norwich - £1,993,620

Hedley Swain, Arts Council England's south east area director, said: 'This is an exceptionally strong portfolio of organisations delivering great arts and cultural experiences to audiences throughout the East and South East of England. Our investment will support inventive, pioneering arts organisations, a range of museums and arts activity in libraries. It will reach into more places than ever before, providing more people of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to participate in the arts – inspiring them as artists, as audiences, or as a mix of both.

'We are delighted to increase our investment in Norfolk. All of our National Portfolio organisations will play an essential role in reaching more people, developing local, national and international talent, and making where they're based great places to live, work and visit.'

Norwich-based theatre company curious directive has become an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation for the first time, meanwhile all of the other Norfolk organisations listed have previously been Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations.

Seachange Trust and Writers' Centre Norwich have both been awarded increased investment for new additional work.

Seachange Trust will receive an extra £90,000 for the development of new work by both established and emerging artists while Writers' Centre Norwich will receive £32,000 extra funding each year for a national translation programme.

* Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Norfolk Museums Service are to receive funding as both National Portfolio Organisations and Sector Support Organisations. The festival's Sector Support funding will go towards Festival Bridge, which connects arts and cultural organisations with children and young people, and Norfolk Museums Service's Sector Support funding will enable it to continue its work as the museum development provider in the East of England.

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