Funding blow for city’s arts organisation

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One of the city’s main arts organisations has vowed to continue to provide opportunities for youngsters despite missing out on funding.

Faceless Arts, which provides arts and cultural activities across the area, has not been included as a National Portfolio Organisation by the Arts Council.

It means a 28 per cent cut in funding for the company, which formed in 1990.

Bev Adams, artistic director, said: “It’s a blow but it’s not devastating.

“We are very disappointed but we aren’t totally reliant on Arts Council funding.

“What the money provides, though, is stability and an ability to plan longer term.

“Everything will now need to be done on a project-by-project basis.”

The company provides arts, crafts and cultural events for people across the district.

It also helped to organise a free music festival for teenagers last month.

Ms Adams added: “What the activities we hold do is provide people in underserved communities with the chance to express themselves creatively and the knock-on effects can be massive.

“Art can make you feel better about yourself, the place you live in and the people around you.”

Ms Adams said although the organisation had not been included as a National Portfolio Organisation, she had spoken to the Arts Council about other funding options.

She added: “The Arts Council does seem very keen to support us in other ways so we are hoping we can maintain business as usual.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and The Hepworth Wakefield will get sustained investment.

The YSP received an award of £1.7m to enable it to provide a new gallery space dedicated to the work of Henry Moore.

Peter Murray, YSP’s executive director, said: “Great art for everyone has been YSP’s goal since the beginning.

“The vision remains as strong as ever and this support means we can continue to contribute to the artistic, social and overall quality of life of the whole community.”