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Fuel Receives Increase in Arts Council England Funding

Posted: 31/03/11
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Fuel became an Arts Council England Regularly Funded Organisation in 2008 at a level of £60,000 per annum which was extended with a 6.9% cut in 2011. From 2012-15 Fuel will be part of the National Portfolio receiving a grant of £200,000 per annum (increasing with inflation).

Fuel Co-Directors Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath say:

“On a day of mixed news for the arts in England, we welcome the increase in our funding from ACE and are hugely grateful for their recognition of our work to date and commitment to support us in the future. This grant will enable us to fulfil our ongoing aim to produce fresh new work for the widest possible audience by the most inspiring artists creating live performance today.

In a time of massive and shortsighted cuts to arts funding, and in the context of the incredibly difficult decisions the Arts Council has been forced to make, Fuel are particularly grateful for this support at this time. We will continue to advocate for the role we believe the arts have to play in enabling us all to better understand the world we live in and how people connect.”

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director London, Arts Council England says:

“In just 6 years, Fuel have become a crucial building block in our national theatrical landscape, working with some of the most innovative and daring theatre makers to develop new work, and delivering that work in an accessible way to audiences across the country. This award reflects our decision to support excellent organisations at a level that enables them to grow to their full potential. We are confident Fuel’s ideas for the future will support the creation of more work by more artists for more people and places, making a substantial contribution to our goal to achieve great art for everyone.”

Fuel will be working with a wide range of artists including: Inua Ellams, Will Adamsdale, Sound&Fury, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson. We are thrilled to see artists we work with now and have worked with in the past recognised and supported – including Blind Summit, Clod Ensemble, Fevered Sleep, Gecko and NIE. We’re also delighted to see some of our key partners and colleagues continuing to be supported including ArtAngel, Arts Admin, BAC, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and Warwick Arts Centre.

Kate McGrath and Louise Blackwell, Co-Directors of Fuel say:

“We are simultaneously aware that not all today's news is good for artists and audiences. However, these are exciting times for us and we look forward to the adventures that lie ahead, the artists we work with, and our audiences.

We appreciate ACE’s support particularly in the light of the challenging funding climate and difficult decisions they have had to make. We are constantly surprised and inspired by the artists with whom we work and invigorated by the prospect of bringing their ideas to different people around the country.”

For further press information and interviews please contact Roz: roz@fueltheatre.com or 0207 228 6688

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