Exeter Northcott has announced that it will continue to be one of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations and will receive £127,300 each year for the period 2023-2026.
This investment, which represents standstill funding from Arts Council England, will allow Exeter’s theatre to continue presenting a diverse programme of quality live performance at both the Northcott Theatre and the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter’s city centre. It will also mean the organisation can continue to offer creative opportunities for a wide range of communities in Exeter and Devon.
Although the Northcott is a charity, we’re 90% reliant on ticket sales for our survival, so first and foremost I want to thank our audiences and donors for continuing to support their local venue in spite of all the challenges everyone’s facing at the moment. But I also want to pay tribute to our three core funders, the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, and Arts Council England, whose announcement today means that we can continue to develop our ambitious plans for working with our communities to make our region a thriving, inclusive and creative place.
Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director and CEO of Exeter Northcott Theatre
This is welcome news for the Northcott. We are delighted to see some new creative organisations join the portfolio, but we also recognise there are others who have not received such good news today. As an organisation working with partners across the city, we very much hope that we can offer local and regional artistic opportunities to companies whether working within or outside the ACE NPO portfolio.
Becky Chapman & David Balcombe, Co-Chairs of Exeter Northcott Theatre
This is good news for Exeter Northcott Theatre and Exeter as a city and demonstrates Arts Council’s commitment to performing arts in the south west This aligns with Exeter City Council support for culture being an essential component of delivering Exeter’s new city plan.
Dom Jinks, Director of Exeter Culture
Exeter Northcott is registered charity kindly supported by The University of Exeter and Exeter City Council as well as Arts Council England. It will join the Arts Council’s new portfolio in April 2023.