Frantic Assembly is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £200,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund, one of over a hundred cultural organisations announced today which will benefit from the Fund. Frantic Assembly’s funding will help support new presentation formats, widen engagement, increase accessibility and establish new ways to create and share our art.
Frantic Assembly Executive Director and joint CEO, Kerry Whelan, said
“We are thrilled to have been selected for support, from what was a very competitive field and very grateful to the Trustees of The Garfield Weston Foundation for the award of this grant and for their belief in our work. We look forward to exploring new ways to make and share our work and process and connect with audiences”.
The Weston Culture Fund received more than £128m worth of applications for the total £25m one off fund, which the Foundation’s Trustees decided to increase to over £30m after seeing the level of creativity and determination from arts organisations who have been hit by the pandemic and are fighting hard to ‘keep the lights on’.
The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Phillipa Charles, said:
“Our cultural sector is at the heart of our local communities providing not only entertainment but education and inspiration for many. Our Trustees were impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit shown across the arts in response to Covid-19 and it was a privilege to hear what organisations had been doing to not only survive but also to reinvent the way they reach audiences. What really stood out was the level of collaboration and support they had for each other and the determination to keep going, despite the increasingly difficult situation.
We all want and need our cultural sector to thrive and, if anything, our time away from the arts has shown just how important they are to us - bringing much needed pleasure and enrichment to our lives. Arts organisations are desperate to re-open and get back to what they do best and we hope that this new funding will help many of them do exactly that.”
More information about the Fund and the organisations supported can be found on the Garfield Weston Foundation’s webaite: