Shot of Creswell Crags lake through the trees on a sunny day

Creswell Crags secures major Arts Council Funding

After a successful funding application Creswell Crags has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status from Arts Council England.

Creswell Heritage Trust, the charitable organisation responsible for managing Creswell Crags has been awarded a total of £1,075,125, which will be spread over three years from April 2023.

Receiving National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status is a major achievement for Creswell Crags, allowing the site to contribute to the Arts Council’s Let’s Create vision through a variety of activities over the three-year funding period.

The funding will enable the team at Creswell Crags to work with local communities in new and exciting ways, to be trailblazers in digital engagement and to improve the visitor experience. Working in collaboration with partners, Creswell Crags will invite audiences to explore, engage, question, and contribute to the themes and ambitions of the different activities. Each activity taps into the history of the site and will connect visitors with stories of the past and their lives today; the themes of human adaptation, migration and climate change will all be explored.

Visitors can expect to see new installations at Creswell Crags, including a new Ice Age settlement. This settlement will enable visitors to explore human adaptation and the evolution of tools and technology, making connections between lives today and those of the past. Artists will work in collaboration with the local community to explore themes of climate change, focusing on the impact of humans on the environment. This work will incorporate research into extinct species of the past and help visitors to reflect on those at threat today. Visitors will be given the opportunity to learn the skills and technologies of Ice Age Hunters, exploring questions of how our ancestors were able to utilise and adapt to the changing landscape. Activities will be delivered in person and through new digital content, enabling Creswell Crags to reach a wider audience than ever before and support engagement across multiple levels.

Paul Baker, Director of Creswell Heritage Trust said:

“Achieving National Portfolio Status has been a long-term ambition for Creswell Crags. This funding will enable us to work with our community in exciting new ways. Our story is deeply rooted in the stories of human behaviour and survival which translate to contemporary issues such as climate change, migration and species extinction, and our plan is to work with visitors in creative ways to explore these themes. It will transform the way we work, and who we can work with; this investment will enable us to better address some of the contemporary issues which concern our visitors. This funding provides crucial investment into Creswell Crags for the next three years and offers essential support for our team to keep delivering the brilliant work they do, as well as enabling them to work with our visitors in new ways. This is an exciting time in the history of Creswell Crags, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England said:

“Creswell Crags is a great example of Nottinghamshire’s rich ancient history and allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of early humans and woolly mammoths. We’re delighted to be welcoming the heritage site to the portfolio, as it continues to preserve and interpret its collections for local, national and international audiences to enjoy.”

Through the Arts Council England’s Investment Programme 990 organisations will receive a share of £446 million per annum to bring art, culture, and creativity to more people, in more places, across the country. There are 276 new organisations of all shapes and sizes receiving this funding, including Creswell Crags, as Arts Council England boost spending in arts, museums and libraries in villages, towns and cities where investment is currently too low.

Arts Council England Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“As well as continuing our commitment to our many established and renowned cultural organisations, I am deeply proud of the support we will be giving to those new organisations which will help ignite creativity across the country. We are facing economic pressures at present but this funding is about an investment in our future. This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.”

Posted on 08 November 2022

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