Arts Council England has handed City of Wolverhampton Council a £671,000 boost after today naming it as a National Portfolio Organisation for the next 4 years.

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It is one of 831 organisations that will receive a slice of £1.6 billion between 2018 and 2022 to bring new energy to the arts and cultural sector in a bid to reach more people in more places than ever before.

Arts and cultural venues in the City of Wolverhampton will benefit from the funding, which will be used to ensure there is a diverse programme in place that produces work relevant to the world we live in.

It will support fresh talent and artists from different backgrounds, representing different perspectives.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We are delighted to again be working with the Arts Council, who have been supporting the city for years.

"This funding will enable us to build on the arts and cultural work we do to produce a diverse, educational and inspiring programme to engage residents and visitors to the city."

Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, added: "Today, we announced our new National Portfolio for 2018 to 2022 - a fresh, ambitious and wide-ranging group of organisations that we believe will bring new energy to the arts and cultural sector, while reaching more people in more places than ever before."

Part of the funding will enable City of Wolverhampton Council to increase its art collection, produce a dynamic Black History exhibition with a focus on locally acclaimed artists, and promote an educational programme to inspire the minds of the City of Wolverhampton.

  • released: Tuesday 27 June, 2017