Posted: 17.10.20 at 11:40 by Tim Lethaby
Organisers of one of the post popular areas of the Glastonbury Festival have received more the £60,000 from the government to help the arts organisation survive the coronavirus crisis.
Shangri-La Glastonbury Ltd has been given £61,059 from the Culture Recovery Fund, which is an investment to ensure cultural and creative organisations have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences.
Year round, Shangri-La run ShangrilART, an online gallery and shop specialising in supporting visual artists and enabling audiences to access affordable radical, critical contemporary art by placing emerging artists alongside internationally renowned artists.
The Shangri-La area at Glastonbury Festival has hosted some of the world's biggest artists, including Lady Gaga, Madness and Scissor Sisters.
The organisation is one of 54 across the South West who have received money today (October 17) after applying for grants of less than £1 million in the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will help organisations create work and performances, and plan for reopening.
James Heappey, MP for the area that covers the Worthy Farm Glastonbury Festival site in Pilton, said: “This funding is a lifeline to organisations like this and I know how thankful those in receipt of it are to continue their hard work behind-the-scenes to get their businesses back underway in a Covid-secure way.
“I will continue to support the culture and arts industry in the Wells constituency through this tough time and I am pleased more than half a dozen grants have been handed out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the past few weeks.”
Phil Gibby, South West area director for Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture is an essential part of our life.
"It brings communities together, enriches us and stimulates local economies, which is why I am so pleased that we are today announcing further support for 54 much loved cultural organisations in the South West in this latest round of the Government's Culture Recovery Funds.
"This funding will help keep hundreds of organisations afloat over the next few months, ensuring that our sector can bounce back after the crisis.
"The Arts Council are here for culture, and we will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations.”