£52,479 Arts Council boost for dance in Bath and North East Somerset
Bath Dance are pleased to announce that their recent Grants for Arts bid to the Arts Council- THRIVE, was successful in gaining over £50k towards developing dance in Bath and North East Somerset over a 2 year period, August 2017- August 2019.
The ACE award will help Bath Dance to continue to increase and develop dance in the Banes region, build on the work to date and focus on our key initiatives: local artist development support and graduate retention; increasing participation across all age ranges from young to old and co-producing high-quality work to attract and develop new dance audiences.
Fleur Hoefkens-Lee Creative Producer of Bath Dance comments,
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive funding to develop dance on behalf of the people of B&NES, raising awareness of dance in Bath and putting Bath on the map as a place where dance thrives.
This will include supporting our talented local artists and practitioners with mentoring and bursaries, raising awareness of the wonderful dance on offer with our new website, providing professional opportunities to develop and grow, co-producing exciting dance work that would otherwise not come to the city and providing the Love Dance Stage as a platform for local dance groups of any style or ability.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council Arts Development Team comments,
“Bath & North East Somerset Council Arts Development Team is pleased to support Bath Dance. We welcome this investment from Arts Council England which will help to develop and sustain the organisation’s already excellent work in widening participation and increasing audiences for dance in our district.”
Bath Dance is now in its 5th year and ‘THRIVE’ comes at a key point of momentum, providing the opportunity to capitalise on and develop their capacity, reach and impact based on an existing framework, body of activity and expertise.