BACKGROUND INFORMATION, STATISTICS AND CASE
STUDIES THAT ILLUSTRATE THE IMPACT OF LOTTERY FUNDING FOR THE
The Arts Council of England, together with the
Arts Councils for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, distributes
the arts share of the Lottery good causes fund. The Arts Council
of England receives 71 per cent of the total good causes fund
allocated for the arts in the UK.
Since 1995, 8,500 Lottery awardsworth
over £1 billionhave been granted by the Arts Council
of England and the 10 Regional Arts Boards. Also, the Arts Council's
contribution of £5 million to the cross-distributor Awards
for All programmes has supported 1,400 arts projects. The National
Foundation for Youth Music (NFYM), which is supported with a three
year Lottery grant of £30 million for the Arts Council, has
so far supported over 100 projects. For example, NYFM has earmarked
£10 million for Youth Music Action Zones and its National
Instrument Amnesty collected over 6,000 instruments which were
distributed to over 1,000 music projects.
Lottery awards have supported a wide range of
initiativesfrom major new art spaces, such as the Soho
Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery and The Drum in Birmingham,
to the purchase of new instruments for hundreds of brass bands.
The 99 most deprived boroughs in England have
between them received in excess of £900 million from all
the Arts Council of England's Lottery projects. This represents
72 per cent of the total Lottery money distributed by the Arts
The Lottery has contributed to 78 new arts buildings
across England including 13 new theatres, three new school arts
centres, four new cinemas, four new galleries, three bandstands,
two circus tents, one arts training centre for people with visual
impairment, and one mobile cinema.
Over 500 existing arts buildings have been refurbished
with Lottery funds, ranging from the small-scale, such as Sheringham
Little Theatre, Norfolk and Acorn Theatre in Penzance to the re-development
of major landmark buildings such as the bomb-damaged Royal Exchange
Theatre in Manchester and the Birmingham Hippodrome.
The Arts Council's first Lottery-funded Capital
Programme helped to attract nearly £1.5 billion in partnership
fundingequivalent to 60 per cent of the total cost of all
the capital projects.
Arts Council Lottery investment has supported
230 arts projects with a specific regeneration focus, making awards
totalling £428 million. Examples include:
£44.6 million was awarded to Salford City
Council for The Lowry Centre, a waterfront complex that includes
the Lowry Building, two theatres, galleries to re-house the collection
of work by L S Lowry, a study centre and children's gallery. The
Lowry Centre has provided a focal point for the regeneration of
Salford Quays. Private sector investment alone in the area had
exceeded £200 million by 1998, and the Lowry has exceeded
its visitor predictions.
South Bank of the Tyne
The south bank of the Tyne, previously an area
of industrial semi-dereliction, is being regenerated through the
arts. The Baltic, the largest gallery other than Tate Modern in
the UK, and the Music Centre Gateshead have each received Lottery
awards of over £40 million. They are stimulating a 15-year,
£200 million regeneration programme, creating 1,500 jobs.
Media centres across the country
The Arts Council has invested Lottery funds
in a national network of media centres, including the Watershed
Media Centre in Bristol, Hull Time Based Arts, The Lux Centre
in London, and the Light House centres in Brighton and Wolverhampton.
By providing access to digital media production resources, training,
technical and administrative assistance, and opening up opportunities
for exhibition, touring, networking and employment for local practitioners,
their impact on local regeneration is significant. The national
network is developing strong links with other European cultural
and arts centres in Rotterdam, Karlsruhe, Vienna and Linz. They
have also enabled the successful levering of additional funds.
For example, Wolverhampton Lighthouse attracted a further £500,000
from the European Regional Development Fund to expand the centre's
role as a "nursery" for local creative micro enterprises.
We have invested in former coalfield areas through
a number of Lottery programmes, for example:
Yorkshire Sculpture Park received £1.5
million from our capital programme to fund the purchase of additional
land and buildings adjoining the Park. This has allowed the Yorkshire
Sculpture park to improve road access and create a new visitor
centre and education facilities and increase its gallery space
for new sculpture commissions.
Side Photography, Durham received £30,000
from Northern Arts through the Regional Arts Lottery Programme,
to work with young people in former coalfield communities to produce
a photographic exhibition and publication.
Bingham Infants Self-Help, Nottinghamshire received
£80,000 from our capital programme to develop a multi-purpose
hall for arts activities, for use by the school-children and the
Washington Arts Centre, Sunderland received
a capital award of £240,800 to improve its facilities, which
now include a small theatre, gallery, recording studio, craft
studios, and art and craft commissions.
We have also made awards totalling over £2
million to brass brands in coalfield areas.
Visitor numbers for several Arts Council Lottery
funded developments have exceeded expectations, for example:
Walsall Gallery opened in February this year,
following a £15.75 million Lottery award, and is already
being hailed as one of the most exciting new galleries to open
in the UK in the last 20 years. It has attracted many more visitors
than anticipated: 165,750 during the first seven monthsagainst
the originally projected figure of 140,000 for the whole of the
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House re-opened in December
1999 after a £220 million re-development, which included
a £78 million Lottery award from the Arts Council. Since
re-opening, the Royal Opera House has sold over 479,000 tickets
for main stage performances, and more than 30,000 tickets for
events in the Linbury Studio. 40 per cent of people attending
performances in the main auditorium during the opening season
and 71 per cent of those attending events in the Linbury Studio
had never been to the Royal Opera House before. Over 100,000 children,
young people and adults took part in activities organised by the
Education Department in the opening season.
We have given nearly 500 Lottery awards worth
£220 million to capital projects benefiting children and
young people and over £45 million to community arts projects
designed to encourage more young people to get involved in the
Through our pilot dance and drama scholarship
scheme, we used Lottery funds to enable nearly 1,200 students
to take up places at 29 dance and drama colleges throughout England
in 1997-99. This scheme has now been taken up by the DfEE and
Also, the Arts Council has supported the re-development
of a number of arts training facilities including 21 dance centres
across the country; Henshaw's Arts & Crafts Centre, a training
centre for visually-impaired people in Knaresborough; and the
development of the Arvon Foundation's fourth residential centre
for writing in Shropshire.
Over £25 million has been awarded to schools
and colleges across the country to extend their artistic activities
and create new community theatres, galleries and arts centres.
Over £140 million has gone to capital projects
where disabled people are the primary users or participants.
988 Lottery awards have been made to community
or voluntary arts organisations for new equipment, vehicles or
musical instruments, including 30 awards to village halls across
the country for new staging and lighting equipment.
Arts 4 Everyone (A4E) Express distributed £21
million to over 5,300 community and voluntary arts groups across
the country. Over 42,000 performances, 63,000 workshops and 76,000
pieces of new work have been created through A4E Express, with
over seven million people attending the events and over half a
million participating in them.
490 awards have been made from the £13
million allocated to the programme since the Regional Arts Lottery
Programme opened in 1999. The average award has been £24,000.
A further £23 million has been allocated for the next stage
of the programme.
Since July 1999 over £5 million has been
awarded to 130 organisations under the Small-scale Capital Programme.
The average award is £41,000. This programme has now been
absorbed into the Regional Arts Lottery Programme, run by the
Regional Arts Boards.
The National Touring Programme provides Lottery
awards to organisations that tour high quality arts to all regions
of the country. In its first nine months of operation the Lottery-funded
National Touring Programme has supported 212 projects across the
country with awards totalling over £7.2 million.
The Arts Council has given Lottery awards to
artists and arts organisations in every London and metropolitan
borough, every unitary authority and every county and district
council in England.
The Arts Council was responsible for Lottery
funding for British film from 1996 to April 2000, when we handed
it over to the new Film Council. During our tenure we awarded
over £97 million to British films, which in turn attracted
more than £70 million from UK commercial sources and £80
million in overseas investment.
We did not set out to fund "block-busters"this,
we felt, was the role of the commercial sector. Our aim was to
foster talented individuals at every stage of their career, supporting
films of every type: from cutting edge experimental work to animation,
from shorts to quality mainstream features.
34 directors, 19 producers, and 29 screenwriters
made their first feature films with Lottery funding. Highlights
include Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy, which was awarded £2 million
of Lottery funds and won two Oscars; Wilde, starring Stephen Fry;
Hilary and Jackie, the film of the life of Jacqueline Du Pre;
and Billy Elliott, the recently released and highly acclaimed
film by Stephen Daldry which received £850,000 from the Arts
Council in 1999.