We’re delighted to announce that DIY are going to be an ACE National Portfolio Organisation!
DIY are very excited and proud to have been offered funding from Arts Council England as part of its 2023-26 Investment Programme.
We are delighted to receive the news that DIY Theatre Company will become one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Funded Organisations from 1 April 2023.
For almost 30 years DIY has operated on very tight budgets, on a project-by-project and freelance basis. This is the first time we have ever been offered core funding. It is a really important landmark for the company.
Arts Council England Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
As well as continuing our commitment to our many established and renowned cultural organisations, I am deeply proud of the support we will be giving to those new organisations which will help ignite creativity across the country. We are facing economic pressures at present but this funding is about an investment in our future. This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.”
Becoming one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Funded Organisations will enable us to strengthen DIY as an organisation over the coming three years. We will continue working towards our vision of a world where performers and arts leaders with learning disabilities are valued as part of the rich diversity of our cultural sector and our society.
As patron of DIY company I am beyond thrilled that they have become an NPO and claim their centre stage.
Jenny Sealey MBE – CEO and Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company
Thank you to all DIY’s fantastic performers, artists and supporters past and present who have made this happen!
We have lots of truly ambitious plans for the next three years and we are so very excited that we will now be able to make them a reality!!!!
Our thanks to Arts Council England for their support for our work.
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk