Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10:30

Battersea Arts Centre and The Eden Project will receive a total of £710,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, funded by the National Lottery.

Working with communities, Battersea Arts Centre will use a grant of £360,000 to run a national network of interdisciplinary cultural organisations to co-create and disseminate knowledge on how to distribute world-class, socially-engaged, artistic projects. The work will be focused away from London and led by producers who are committed to using arts and culture to drive social change. Battersea Arts Centre will develop practical, tested solutions, to enable a step-change in the wider arts sector and ensure excellent art is relevant to communities across the country.

The Eden Project will use a grant of £350,000 to establish Eden as a major hub for the arts in Mid and East Cornwall. They will commission and host works of exceptional quality focusing on sculptural, outdoor and digital art; deliver an arts leadership programme developed in consultation with a network of cultural organisations and arts practitioners; and manage a programme of co-curated residencies, temporary exhibitions, live performances and workshops at Eden and beyond.

Gordon Seabright, chief executive of the Eden Project, said: "We are truly delighted to receive the Ambition for Excellence award from the Arts Council. It will enable us to make a major step change and roll up our sleeves to bring Eden’s arts strategy to reality. We look forward to working with our arts advisory panel, cultural organisations and practitioners to commission and host great art, develop programmes with and for the arts, explore ambitious ideas and share this with a large audience. Thank you to all those who helped us to get here.”