Sandwell Arts Trust heard this morning that it has been unsuccessful in its application to the Arts Council for National Portfolio funding; however the Arts Council stated that it wants to continue to support the artistic programme at The Public
A spokesperson from the Arts Council said: ‘Sandwell Arts Trust, the body that took over the management of The Public from 2009, made a modest application to the National portfolio for funds to invest solely in its arts programme, not in the running of the building.
It was thought that the programme would make a strong contribution to our goals, but when it came to balancing the portfolio other organisations were preferred.
However, the Arts Council was impressed by the progress that has been made and would like to look at alternative sources of funding so Sandwell Arts Trust’s good work can continue in an area where the Arts Council would like to improve high quality arts provision.
‘We are aware, however, that this creates a significant gap for us in provision locally and so propose to deploy resources between 2012 – 2015 from our strategic funds to support work in this area. We will set aside resources and discuss with Sandwell Arts Trust and Sandwell MBC how an application can be developed to help us ensure that high quality arts work can be developed.’
Managing Director of The Public, Linda Saunders said “We are delighted that the Arts Council is committed to supporting our artistic programme. We are looking forward to continuing to nurture new and young artists and showcase their work alongside established, highly regarded artists – using the arts to contribute to the exciting regeneration plans already in place for West Bromwich.”