Arts Council England support for The Ropewalk
The Managing Director of The Ropewalk, Liz Bennet, said she was thrilled to receive confirmation of the success of her application from Arts Council England for both a Small Capital Grant and to continue as a National Portfolio Organisation for the next four years.
In total The Ropewalk will receive a total of more than £568,000 from Arts Council England to continue its work as a regionally acclaimed arts centre.
A Small Capital Grant (Round Five) of £300,000 means that Waterside Artists Co-operative is within touching distance of purchasing the building from its present owners, Ian and Mark Proudfoot of Scarborough.
“We’ve known for some months that the Ropewalk building was to be sold and we are delighted that Arts Council England has made this possible with this grant,” she said.
“It means that this building, which has been a part of the town since the early 1800s, will remain a part of the community for generations to come,” she went on.
“However there is still a short-fall that we need to find before the building is handed over to us by the current owners later in the year.”
In addition, The Ropewalk is to receive a total of £268,316 from 2018 to 2022 as a National Portfolio Organisation for its core funding.
“Being a Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation is more than just receiving the funding as it also recognizes that ACE values our work here at The Ropewalk within the region,” Liz continued.
“An additional year as a National Portfolio Organisation from the current three years means that we will have more continuity,” she said.
The Waterside Artists’ Co-operative brought the building back to life in April 2000 after leasing it from the Proudfoot brothers who built a superstore on part of the former Hall’s Barton Ropery site after it closed as a factory in 1989.
Initially just the southern end of the building was renovated but seven years later, in April 2007, the entire length of the quarter-mile long building was opened with galleries, coffee shop, artists’ studios, creative industries units and the live entertainment venue, Ropery Hall.