Arts Council funding supports digital arts projects at The Phoenix Theatre

Wednesday, 3 June, 2020

The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre in Whitehill & Bordon will record people’s experiences during the coronavirus outbreak as part of an exciting new arts project.

The 35 from GU35 is a digital project which will select 35 people living in the GU35 postcode to record their coronavirus experience and offer creative contributions.

The theatre received £34,920 thanks to a collaboration with East Hampshire District Council’s Regeneration and Placemaking Team.

The money, which comes from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, will also fund an online project called The No.5, offering creative opportunities for isolated vulnerable groups who can't attend their normal sessions at The Phoenix at this time.

Rob Allerston, Director of The Phoenix, said: “In the darkest of times for theatres this lifeline thrown to The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre by Arts Council England has come at the perfect time. It’s both a vindication of the work we do and an acknowledgment that the ambitious plans we have for the centre are worth funding.

"I look forward to working in partnership with some of the brightest, creative minds in East Hampshire on the two digital projects that make up part of the funding.

“I’d also like to thank those involved in helping me to put the successful funding application together, including the team at East Hampshire District Council, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre is at the heart of the community in Whitehill & Bordon, and these two projects will be invaluable to those who want to continue to engage with the arts at this difficult time.

“We are so thrilled to have helped the theatre obtain the public funding from Arts Council England, which will hopefully be the start of an important relationship and future funding opportunities.”