Press Release - National Portfolio Organisations Announced

More people in more places across Gloucestershire to benefit from arts and culture.

More funding for art and culture outside of London than ever before from Arts Council England.

£109 million boost to South West arts and cultural organisations.

Date of issue: 27.6.2017

Image: I Am Joan by Viv Gordon. Photo credit: Barney Witts

Image: I Am Joan by Viv Gordon. Photo credit: Barney Witts


Arts Council England announce today its National Portfolio Organisations, providing 4 years of investment to a wider range of organisations, with more money than ever before outside of London.

Gloucestershire has an ambitious, strong and exciting cultural sector doing extraordinary work – ACE investment announced today will support and consolidate this, with total investment for 10 organisations in 2018/19 of £1,167,357.  Over 4 years this will be a total investment of £4.6 million. (Full list of funded organisations in Editors notes)

The South West portfolio sees significant new investment in major urban centres such as Plymouth and Southampton, as well as giving audiences in areas who historically have had less chance to enjoy arts and cultural experiences more opportunities to do so in their communities, with National Portfolio organisations working primarily in Torbay, Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucester for the first time.

PIppa Jones Director of Create Gloucestershire (CG) said “This investment is fantastic news - it will give more people in more places the chance to explore and experience what Gloucestershire would be like if arts, culture and creativity were part of every day life, for everyone. CG is absolutely delighted to be selected as one of ACE’s new Sector Support Organisations. Working collaboratively with the new portfolio of NPO organisations and others, this investment from ACE will provide opportunities for people to get together, explore common ground and understand each others assets, resources and networks. This will create a seedbed for the sector to grow, diversify and re-imagine the arts, heritage and creative sectors in the county."

Phil Gibby Director of ACE SW said “this is an exceptionally strong portfolio of organisations delivering great arts and cultural experiences to audiences throughout the South West.

We are delighted to be able to consolidate our investment in Gloucestershire as well as to invite two vibrant, new organisations into the portfolio. Their commitment to developing the local arts and cultural infrastructure and networks will have a real and tangible impact on the county, giving Gloucestershire a more powerful shared cultural voice.

Despite welcome additional funding for the SW there is still a significant gap between ambition and resource.  This means we had to make some difficult choices in the SW.  However National portfolio organisations investment is only one part of Arts Council England’s total investment programme and there may be other funding programmes that will be appropriate for organisations to apply to”.

Background notes to editors

CG is a network of over 570 individuals, organisations, producers, groups and venues each of whom explore and understand in diverse ways the potential of art, culture and creative industries to transform individual lives and places. CG is driven by a question- what would Gloucestershire be like if arts, culture and creativity were part of everyday life, for everyone?

CG is a non-profit organization set up in 2011 by a group of 6 arts leaders, as the “honest broker” to help work out whether they could secure more funding if they fundraised together rather than individually.

Since then our work always starts with a question or an opportunity that matters to somebody.  CG is a creative catalyst bringing the right combination of people together, and drawing on their unique talents and assets, to come up with a creative and innovative response.

10 NPO organisations


Organisation: Create Gloucestershire (SSO)

Parliamentary constituency: Stroud

Organisation: Strike-a-light

Parliamentary constituency: Gloucester


Organisation: Cheltenham Festivals

Parliamentary constituency: Cheltenham

Organisation: Cinderford Artspace

Parliamentary constituency: Forest of Dean

Organisation: Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre

Parliamentary constituency: Cheltenham

Organisation: Prema Arts Centre

Parliamentary constituency: Stroud

Organisation: Roses Theatre Trust

Parliamentary constituency: Tewkesbury

Organisation: Stroud Valleys Artspace

Parliamentary constituency: Stroud

Organisation: The Poetry Archive

Parliamentary constituency: The Cotswolds, Stroud

Organisation: AIR in G (Arts in Rural Gloucestershire)

Parliamentary constituency: Herefordshire

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