artsdepot is delighted to have been included as an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation for 2012 – 2015.
Following the disappointing loss of core funding from Barnet Council, the North Finchley arts centre has received the endorsement of the Arts Council, which has recognised its important role in arts provision in North London.
The Arts Council report praised artsdepot’s strong programme for children and young people, as well as acknowledging that its associate artists scheme is “beginning to thrive”.
Chief Executive Tracy Cooper said “We are delighted to receive national portfolio status, which allows us to look forward to a bright future for artsdepot. We are pleased the Arts Council has acknowledged artsdepot as a vibrant, valued and successful venue, allowing us to maintain our integral role in the local community.”
“We are grateful to the Arts Council, as this decision allows us to confidently plan for artsdepot to remain a vital part of North London life”.
artsdepot will receive £300,000 in 2012, with inflationary increases till 2015. The funding softens the blow struck by Barnet Council’s decision to cut the venue’s core funding by 100%, a yearly loss of £194,000.
[Editors note: It is always sad when something like this happens, but it will mean the artsdepot will get even more funding, and Barnet residents will have less cuts to other amenities. Well done artsdepot. Well done Arts Council.]