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Eastleigh Borough Council’s popular theatre and contemporary arts venue, The Point in Eastleigh has been awarded funding to once again become one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPO).
This morning (June 27) the Arts Council announced it was awarding the venue in Leigh Road £500,000, over four years, in funding as one of its prestigious NPOs.
The Point’s ‘ambition and quality of provision’ and ‘the positive impact both on individual members and on Eastleigh’ have been highlighted by the Arts Council in the venue’s success in achieving continuous funding, there is also recognition that the venue’s solid support from the borough council has been recognised in the investment decision.
Nationally, austerity measures mean that local authority funding has been reduced in arts and culture leading to financial instability for many companies and organisations. However, bucking this trend, Eastleigh Borough Council’s support of its extensive arts and culture programme is the envy of many.
Eastleigh Borough Council Leader Cllr Keith House said: “We are delighted that the Arts Council has recognised The Point as a National Portfolio venue once again. The Point, now in its 21st year has developed enormously during this time and provides a much loved cultural asset for the town centre and wider community. As a council, it's too easy to resort to service cuts in light of national austerity, but we want something different for our residents. The benefits of arts and culture to wellbeing is widely recognised, but additionally, the venue and its staff are committed to helping artists develop careers in the performing arts, which in turn helps to benefit our local economy.“
Says Nick Tustian, Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council: “It is testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff that The Point has been recognised in this way. The Point helps us to deliver important aspects of our corporate priorities around health and wellbeing and our local economy - we are proud of its extensive work into the wider community and with borough schools - as well as the development of artists. We're delighted that alongside the borough council's funding, the arts council has recognised the venue and its work with the award of the highly-prestigious National Portfolio Organisation status.”
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said: “ We are really pleased to be renewing our investment in The Point. They offer an impressive contemporary performance programme and their work to develop talent in the sector is exceptional. We look forward to continuing to work with the Point to further develop their role as a cultural hub for the people of Eastleigh and much further afield.”