Cultural Venue


Spaces 4 Change Do It Awards funding

Spaces 4 Change Do It Awards announces new application deadline (UK)UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs, has announced, that young people between the ages of 16 and 24 can apply for funding from the Spaces for Change “Do It Awards”. The programme will support young people to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people. The programme is offering 100 awards between 2016 and 2019 of between £501 and £5,000 project funding. In addition, young people will receive the support of a dedicated award manager, cohort support and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. Anyone over the age of 18 who applies must be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100 via Spacehive.

The closing date for applications is the 24th April 2017. Read more at:


Wolfson Foundation -Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme

Theatres Trust has now launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation to enable both large and small theatres to deliver urgent building repairs. Theatres with leases of more than 15 years that are in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance with no less than 30 performances a year; theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building.   There will be two funding rounds in 2017; the first round will close on the 15th March 2017 with a further round closing on the 16th September 2017.

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Source: ADUK


Investment in Culture in Bolton

There’s a lot happening in Bolton with developments across the borough bringing in over £1billion in investment from the private and public sector and with it a new confidence is spreading into the cultural life of the town. For information on all development visit the Evolve website

The Market place £20million refurbishment by owners Moorgarth includes the new Light Cinema showing blockbusters, independent and international films as well as the newest and latest on screen content of opera, sport and music. There are opportunities for local performers to take to the purpose built stage in the main shopping area; for information contact the centre manager Nikki Wilson Cook

The Albert Halls has undergone a £6.5m transformation to create a premium multi-purpose venue comprising a number of themed meeting rooms and conference facilities including a 670 seat theatre. The sympathetic refurbishment has conserved the heritage of the building and hidden treasures have been uncovered and restored such as the old Victorian Minton tiled floors.


Bolton Museum is expected to draw in crowds from around the world, with its £3.8 million refurbishment which includes one-off capital funding, income from the museum’s touring exhibition, plus a contribution from sponsor Eddie Davies. The Grade II listed building will benefit from a new gallery Eternal Egypt; featuring a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and highlighting Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.


Bow St car park will be transformed into The Link by well-known Bolton business owners Geeta and Subhash Kotecha who run the Spice Valley Indian restaurants and property developer Farhad Azimy. After success transforming the former Riley’s snooker hall on Blackburn Road into an exciting new business space, incorporating Global Interiors furniture store, the Dolce Italian restaurant and World of Brass they are now looking for artisan and independent businesses to get on board. For more information contact Subhash Kotecha on 07879 643664 or call Farhad Azimy on 07801 504477


The Link, Bolton

The Link, Bolton

The Octagon Theatre refurbishment with an anticipated project cost of approximately £10m funded partly through Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Scheme, National Lottery Good Causes and £2m pledged from Bolton Council. The Octagon building will close for ten months in mid-2018 and re-open in spring 2019. During this time, the Theatre will take the opportunity to engage with new and existing audiences by operating in different spaces around Bolton. Look out for the REVEAL Festival beginning February 28th this year encouraging new work by local writers performers and creatives:


New £1m History Makers Fund Launched by AIM & Biffa Award (UK)

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has come together with environmental charity Biffa Award to launch a new History Makers Fund. The History Makers Fund is open to museums that are members of AIM and will fund the creation of new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today. The fund will place a particular focus on projects which make History Makers’ stories accessible and relevant to children and young people, whether with their families or with their schools and will link to the National Curriculum.   The fund will run over three years and the closing date for the first annual round will be the 31st October 2016.

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Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Cultural Protection Fund Manager

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations.

Arts stand alongside Education & Society and English as cornerstones of the British Council’s mission to build bridges of trust and understanding between peoples of the world. The British Council’s global network places it in a unique position to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts.

Culture and Development is a framework of long term ambitious artistic and creative initiatives which support social cohesion, freedom of expression, inclusive institutions, dynamic communities, and improved social and economic well-being. We develop structured sustainable programmes that encourage engagement and a strong sense of cultural identity at an individual and a community level.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Cultural Protection Fund Manager to ensure, working with colleagues in the Arts Strategic Business Unit (SBU) and throughout the British Council, the formation and effective management of an impactful, high quality and highly regarded Cultural Protection Fund.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • contributing to the development of both the medium-term strategy and annual business plan for the Council’s Culture and Development work, ensuring an appropriate balance is struck between UK, regional and SBU priorities and opportunities.
  • overseeing the work of the Cultural Protection Fund ensuring that in all aspects of design, planning and delivery that it meets the highest professional and technical standards.
  • supporting and helping build the relationship with key agencies of UK Governments in the area of Cultural protection and in particular with the Departments of Culture Media and Sport and International Development.

We require the successful candidate to have:

  • Knowledge of current practice in the Heritage sector.
  • An excellent network of contacts across the UK Museum and Heritage sector.
  • A knowledge of managing funding programmes.
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply by going here before 18th March 2016 at, 23:59 UK time.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.