Welcome to my (ir)regular blog! I am not going to commit myself to a weekly slot but I will tap at the keyboard when issues present themselves or when a light bulb goes on in my head.
In the Chancellor’s recent budget statement the Department of Culture, Media and Sport received a percentage cut to its funds. This reduction has been passed on to the agencies it supports, one of which is Arts Council, England. They in turn will be reducing the grants to their National Portfolio Organisations, of which we are one. This second cut (following on from the one announced in The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement) will mean a 2.09% reduction in the funds already promised to us and all the other organisations.
Whilst we wait to find out exactly how this will affect us I have been looking at what funding means to The Ropewalk. In the twelve years since The Ropewalk was established we were unfunded for the first six years and fortunate to receive three years of grant aid from North Lincolnshire Council and six years from the Arts Council. Unlike many organisations we do not wholly depend on funding to survive but it does pay for much of our non-profit-making activities such as our programme of exhibitions and education activities.
In response to this and other current topics we have decided to invite friends, patrons and supporters to a discussion evening on Wednesday 27th March in the Ropery Coffee Shop. This will be an informal gathering (with refreshments) where we can get your views to help us develop and flourish through these difficult economic times. If you wish to attend please email me.
Looking forward to seeing you,
Liz Bennet (Managing Director)