Yorkshire Dance, the Leeds-based dance development agency for the Yorkshire region, is delighted to announce that Arts Council England has renewed its funding as a National Portfolio Organisation, awarding it £325,794 per year for the period 2015-2018, totalling £977,382.
In 2011, Yorkshire Dance was awarded an uplift in its funding from Arts Council England, receiving £987,840 for the period 2012-2015. Today’s award will allow Yorkshire Dance to continue providing critical talent development for emerging artists, delivering a region-wide strategy for youth dance and providing life-changing opportunities for young people and communities. For the next four years it will continue its support for talented independent artists; for the regional dance community through supporting four sub-regional dance hubs and a regional showcase and conference; and by working directly with children, families, learning disabled people and older adults in providing excellent and imaginative ways to engage with dance.
Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director and CEO of Yorkshire Dance, says of the decision, “Obviously we’re greatly relieved and grateful to receive this news, especially at a time when so much of our valued public services are under threat of a lack of investment, and when other fantastic arts organisations will not be receiving such good news this morning.”
“Far from allowing ourselves to be complacent, we’ll be working hard over the coming year to develop our existing alternative sources of funding and to create robust new income streams, to support significant project work such as our Juncture festival which, since 2012, has developed an enviable reputation for bringing leading international movement and performance artists to Leeds, under the curatorship of world-class British artists like Charlotte Vincent, of Vincent Dance Theatre, and Wendy Houstoun.”
“We’re very pleased to receive this validation of the amount, quality and reach of our current work across Yorkshire, with young people, older people, adults with learning disabilities, professional and emerging artists, and the many companies and individuals whom we support in so many different ways.”
“It’s very good news, not only for us but also for the organisations with which we work, the companies we have as tenants in our building in Leeds and, not least, our many talented freelance artists and employees at a time when funding for the arts seems to be under threat from every angle.”
“The uplift in our funding announced in 2011 was a clear sign of the esteem in which Arts Council England held us and our work. Since then, with that funding, we have achieved all the goals which we had laid out in our application for that financial support. I’m very glad that Arts Council England sees the value of all that we’re committed to achieving in the coming four years and that, despite the current economic and political climate, it has reached the decision announced this morning. It’s particularly pleasing in the light of recent public discussion about the disproportionately small allocation of funds to arts organisations working for – and with – communities outside the capital.”
“We are watching anxiously as news emerges from our partner organisations in dance and other artforms, around Yorkshire and across the UK, and extend our congratulations to those whose bids were successful, and our deepest sympathies to those who have received devastating cuts this morning.”