In a year that has seen the museum go from strength to strength, we were delighted when we recently received the news that we had been awarded a second grant from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund in support of our plans for growth. Our varied exhibitions programme from our collection and works by amazing, high-profile contemporary artists has received widespread national publicity, along with our first major Public Programme in partnership with Brighton Festival, British Council, University of Brighton and many other partners. This grant will help us access increased funding to continue our ambitious, philanthropic plans for growth, and continue to share our unique narrative with an ever wider audience.
As ACE South-East so succinctly puts it:
At a challenging time for funding in the sector, this fund enables museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses. This is an important priority in our mission of ‘Great art and culture for everyone’.
John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said:
The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. It is really important that museums are able to diversify their income, capitalising on new opportunities and exploring fundraising prospects. And so we are really pleased to support Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft as it realises its ambitions in this area.