Phoenix cinema and art centre in Leicester is delighted to have been given confirmation today from Arts Council England that it will continue to receive regular funding under the National Portfolio programme.
Phoenix has been awarded a total of £241,000 for three years from April 2015, maintaining the level of funding the organisation currently receives.
This funding will allow Phoenix to continue to develop its programme of art and digital culture for audiences in Leicester, the East Midlands and beyond. This programme will present new work by international artists at Phoenix, throughout Leicester and online, as well as providing bursaries and support for local artists and makers.
“This is tremendously good news for Phoenix and Leicester,” said John Rance, Chief Executive of Phoenix. “Our art programme has developed rapidly over the last two years with thousands of people engaging with high quality work by artists from across the world. We are delighted that Arts Council England has decided to continue its investment in Phoenix and the city.”
Phoenix became a National Portfolio Organisation in 2012 and, with the support of De Montfort University and Leicester City Council, has taken an increasingly prominent role in developing Leicester’s cultural offer. Phoenix’s latest exhibition, River Studies, by Austrian artist Michael Aschauer launched at the weekend as part of An Indian Summer festival and continues until August.
The news comes on the back of an excellent year at Phoenix in which audience numbers have increased by 34%.