£1m emergency investment saves Derbyshire’s cultural sector in lockdown

Emergency funding of more than a million pounds has been awarded to Derbyshire’s theatre groups, museums and other cultural bodies to keep them going amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Arts Council has invested £816.881 in 36 organisations and £211,254 in 93 individual artists across the county.

This emergency response package is designed to help alleviate the immediate pressures faced by artists, creative practitioners, cultural organisations, museums, and libraries.

Among the recipients are Deaf-intely Women, which is based in Amber Valley, and is run by D/deaf and hard of hearing women. The group has been awarded £37,038 for a Deaf Women Arts goes online! project offering workshops on painting, writing and photography. The money will also allow D/deaf female creative practitioners to make new work.

Teresa Waldron, managing director at Deaf-initiely Women who is deaf-blind, said “I am delighted that Deaf-initely Women has been awarded funding to empower all D/deaf and hard of hearing women to learn more about art and gain new skills in this field during the lockdown. Many D/deaf women have been left stranded in not being able to communicate with other deaf women and learn new things about art.”

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