ISAN First Phase Review- National Portfolio Funding Outcomes for the Outdoor Arts back to listing

On Tuesday 1st of July, Arts Council England announced the details of their investment plans for the next three years, 2015 to 2018. This includes a new National Portfolio of arts organisations and museums, representing a major public investment in England’s art and culture.  For more details on this announcement, please visit the Arts Council website.

ISAN has undertaken an initial review of the National Portfolio Organisations (NPO’s) that work in the Outdoor Arts sector, including circus and carnival. Overall, the sector did well in the current economic climate for public funding, with majority at standstill renewals of their NPO funding, which included ISAN. There were new additions to the portfolio including Seachange Arts (Great Yarmouth), Wired Aerial Theatre (Liverpool), The Corn Exchange (Newbury), The SO Festival (East Lindsey District, Lincolnshire), Sunshine International Arts (London), Juice Festival, NewcastleGateshead Initiative (Newcastle and Gateshead), Kaleider (Exeter), Create (London), and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea  (Bournemouth).

It was announced that the following arts organisations who are existing NPO’s 2012-2015 did not receive a NPO award for 2015-2018: Elimu Carnival Club (London), Brouhaha International (Liverpool), Chester Festivals Ltd (Chester), Faceless Arts (Wakefield), Fittings Multimedia Arts (Liverpool), Kendal Arts International (Kendal) (please see comment below), Whalley Range All Stars  (Manchester), Imagineer Productions (Coventry), South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell), and UK Centre for Carnival Arts (Luton).

Kendal Arts International (KAI), who present the annual MintFest in Kendal, did not apply for future NPO funding, recognising that a refreshed MintFest might be better suited to other funding streams. KAI will take this opportunity ahead of their eighth Festival edition (29-31 August) to consider new avenues of funding and explore additional partnerships.

ISAN is aware of some Outdoor Arts companies that were unsuccessful in their bid for NPO status, and we encourage these organisations to approach us at ahead of the second phase of our review. We will provide our members with further in-depth analysis of the announcements and their impact on the sector in the coming weeks.

For a detailed breakdown of outcomes for the Outdoor Arts, Circus and Carnival sectors, please click here.