Hackney art and cultural organisations get £6 million boost from Arts Council funding


Hackney’s rich cultural sector has received a £6 million boost from Arts Council England to support art, culture, and creative organisations in the borough. 

The funding is part of a three-year £431.2m nation-wide investment, ensuring that more people in the UK have access to arts and culture on their doorstep.

Twenty four theatres, galleries, art and creative organisations in Hackney will receive funding, including :

  • Access All Areas - a theatre project that makes theatre more accessible for learning disabled, autistic and neurodiverse artists, leaders, participants, and audiences.
  • Autograph ABP - a photo studio and arts centre that champions the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight questions of race, representation, human rights, and social  justice. 
  • Counterpoint Arts - a charity that supports the creativity of migrants and refugees, through consultation, project development, building partnerships, commissions, and shared learning. 
  • Deaf Rave - an arts organisation that delivers creative opportunities for the Deaf Community to produce, perform and experience music, sign song and visual performances.
  • Extant - a performing arts company that puts visually impaired people at the centre  of its work.
  • Graeae Theatre Company - an accessible theatre company that aims to break down  barriers, challenge preconceptions and place deaf and disabled artists centre stage.
  • Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation - a music organisation that supports young people – predominantly from lower socio-economic and marginalised groups  – to reach their full potential in creative careers and life.
  • Tropical Isles - a creative learning programme for children, young people, and their families through the medium of carnival arts. 
  • Vital Xposure - a theatre company that creates and tours work informed by the  stories of marginalised voices.

Other Hackney organisations to receive Arts Council funding are: A New Direction London, Access All Areas, Arcola Theatre Production Company, Book Works, Brownswood Music, Eastside Educational Trust, Hackney Empire, Mimbre, Musiko Musika, Not/Nowhere Arts, Otolith Collective, Peer UK, Studio Wayne McGregor, The Ministry of Stories, Theatre-Rites.

 I am delighted that so many great art and culture organisations in Hackney have received this invaluable funding to help them to develop and expand their programmes and increase their reach. The investment will help Hackney cement its reputation as a hub for diverse culture and creativity.

In the face of increasing costs, this is a much needed lifeline and injection of money towards some fantastic projects that will help bring together residents and visitors to the borough from all backgrounds, allowing them more affordable opportunities to experience the truly transformative nature of art.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet member for health, adult social care, voluntary sector and culture