WAW successful Arts Council funding bid

Worcester Arts Workshop have announced this week that they are to receive funding of
£49,750, for the Transform Project following a successful Arts Council England Bid.

The Transform Project is the beginning of an artistic transformation under Hannah Phillips’
new leadership, working towards the renewal of the workshop and re-focus of its
programme. In turn it is hoped that this will create more opportunities for young people in
Worcester to participate in live performing and digital arts.

As the Transform Project continues, with the help of this additional funding, partnerships with
Worcester-based arts companies will strengthen support for emerging artists and allow them
to explore the impact of their work in alternative spaces within the wider community.

Worcester Arts Workshop will make improvements to its website and digital communications
through the Transform Project to increase the viability of the artistic programme and engage
with the local community, together with key funding partners in the shaping of capital plans.
There will be new and innovative work created at Worcester Arts Workshop throughout the
Transform Project, including a new digitally immersive production created for schools and
young people, exploring issues of young mental health. Facilities will also be updated, with
equipment to build digital and communications capability for work with young people and
emerging artists.

And Worcester Arts Workshop, along with creative partners Vamos Theatre Company, Open
Theatre, C&T and Outspoken will forge an emerging artists training programme, including
work with vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities.

Hannah Phillips, Director of Transformation at Worcester Arts Workshop said;
It’s wonderful for Worcester Arts Workshop and for the City of Worcester to get this level of
investment from the Arts Council at this point during the transformation of the organisation. I
am thrilled that this funding can help to cement the changes we have started to make at the
Workshop. We are on the road to creating a centre for creative learning in the heart of
Worcester that everyone can engage with and enjoy.”

In addition to the Arts Council Funding, Worcester Arts Workshop has received a further
match funding of £2,000 from the Elmley Foundation and £500 from the Virtual School
towards The Transform Project.

Worcester Arts Workshop has also recently been successful in securing an Inclusive Growth
Grant from Worcester City Council for £9,995.

This investment will fund the Pathways to Employment Programme, focussing on up-skilling,
training and mentoring local residents to enable Worcester Arts Workshop to give these
individuals ongoing employment opportunities.

Anne Hannaford, Chair of Worcester Arts Workshop said;
“Hannah Phillips has worked immensely hard to secure important funding, ensuring that the
exciting plans for Worcester Arts Workshop can become a reality. It is an inclusive arts and
learning centre for a diverse future generation of audiences and participants, and I am so
looking forward to seeing the positive changes that are already taking place come to
fruition.”

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