Funding success for theatre project

Derby Theatre has been awarded a total of £150,000 over three years by Paul Hamlyn Foundation as core support towards its flourishing Learning Theatre Pilot Programme.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK, making grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future.

For arts organisations like Derby Theatre, the foundation’s aim will help us to increase access to and enjoyment of the arts in the Midlands. Derby Theatre’s Learning Theatre model, in association with the University of Derby, is a nationally unique way for a professional producing theatre to integrate creative learning through every element of its work. It provides value, enjoyment and benefit to many individuals and groups who engage with the theatre, whether they are audience members, artists, students, schools or participants on another level.

Régis Cochefert, head of arts at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the Learning Theatre Pilot programme, which we hope will put learning right at the heart of Derby Theatre’s practice.”

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “I am delighted that the Trustees of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have awarded core funding for the innovative approach we have to theatre here in Derby. This support over three years from one of the most respected foundations in the UK is a very welcome validation of our plans and our commitment to audiences, participants and artists.

“We are garnering a lot of attention for our Learning Theatre vision and how it forms an integral part of cultural life, and also how it benefits the industry nationally, and this support will really help us to achieve our ambitions.”

With news on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation grant, work can now forge further ahead on the Theatre’s Learning strand, including working with emerging artists, supporting children and young people on their first steps towards creativity, engaging the creative abilities of regional communities and working alongside Theatre Arts students.

The grant will also provide opportunities to build on and enhance existing learning opportunities including workshops, open rehearsals, conferences, talks, training and mentoring, work experience programmes, and on-thejob training.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UKwho make grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life.

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now and in the future.