It was announced today that Spike Island has been successful in its bid to remain part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The organisation sees its annual funding increase to £280,000 from 2015. This includes funding to support Visual Arts South West, a consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts across the region.
The award is made within the context of sustained support for Bristol’s cultural infrastructure, with new funding awards being made to Colston Hall and St.George's Bristol, Situations and MAYK. This indicates the cultural dynamism and ambition currently alive in the city.
Spike Island Director Helen Legg said ‘Spike Island is an eco-system for the arts, one in which artists, writers, designers and those working in related fields can sustain and develop their work in a sympathetic yet challenging environment. At a time of reduced public funding it’s critical that we maintain support for artists. Increased funding from Arts Council England allows us to do that and we’re extremely grateful for their confidence in the organisation.’
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said ‘We are very pleased to be giving Spike Island an increase in funding. Spike Island is a significant cultural hub. It has a growing reputation as a regional centre of excellence and is ambitious to develop its programme of work further, particularly in support of emerging artistic talent. The additional funding reflects the range and depth of their exhibition programme as well as the exemplary work they have done in developing new and emerging talent in the visual arts. We very much look forward to continuing to work with Spike Island in achieving our mission of great art and culture for everyone.’