With tremendous thanks to Arts Council England, we are thrilled to announce that we have received £65,562 in funding as part of the Culture Recovery Fund. This will be absolutely invaluable in helping us to fully re-open and look ahead to the spring and summer.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the Bombed Out Church in the latest round of support.
Over the coming months, we look forward to re-energising St Luke’s via a carefully selected series of Covid-safe events and activities, inviting local communities to re-engage with culture and the arts with confidence.
Our record of delivering 50+ Covid-safe shows in the latter half of 2020 leaves us well equipped to welcome audiences back safely, while our programming this year will focus on providing content that is relevant and accessible to all - a celebration of culture and a tribute to St Luke’s tradition of being 'open for everyone’.
The story of St Luke’s exemplifies the power of the arts to affect change; we believe events and activities onsite allow attendees to relate to this story and become aware of the ways in which art and creative expression can enrich and transform their own lives in turn. In response to their popularity at St Luke’s, a series of socially distanced workshops and classes led by local practitioners will take place, inviting participants to try new things and explore their creativity.
In addition, following a positive uptake in 2020, we will continue to make the space available to local community groups, as well as organisations that work with vulnerable and underrepresented groups, for the purposes of meetings, rehearsals and performances.
Ongoing relationships with local education providers will also remain a key focus, creating opportunities for practical learning and personal development at St Luke’s; while partnerships with local primary schools seek to engage children with creative projects, each framed within a relevant educational context. Increasingly, our initiative looks to incorporate the provision of activities and resources related to creative skills and the arts, as well as healthy living and ecological awareness.
During the next few weeks, we will be sharing further updates about our plans, how the fund will be supporting our work, and information regarding upcoming events and opportunities to get involved – including theatre festivals, open-air cinema, concerts and interactive experiences.
In the meantime, the Church is currently open for visiting on weekends, while table bookings are now available for the Garden Bar and Café, which will be opening from April 12th.
We very much look forward to seeing you soon.