Over the next three years, we’ll make some big changes: we’re going to make our building more accessible, including working with our Members to embed trauma-informed design; we’ll upgrade our on-site tech; and we’ll work to improve the environmental sustainability of our building.
This has all been made possible by a grant of £232,500 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. As part of these 2021-22 and 2022-23 grants, over £22.7 million has been awarded to 66 cultural organisations across the country, including Clean Break. The Capital Investment Programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. From Barrow-in-Furness to The Isles of Scilly, the organisations receiving funding share a vision to build a fit for the future cultural sector, which all members of their communities can access.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure, and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”
Clean Break’s Leadership Team, Anna Herrmann, Erin Gavaghan, and Róisin McBrinn said “Our home is a vital safe and creative space for the women we work with, and this investment is significant as we mark 25 years in Kentish Town. We are excited to transform it for the future, fore-fronting access, care and environmental sustainability and working with our community to realise these ambitions. Inclusion and justice are at the heart of our work and improving our building in this way will support us to achieve the positive change we envision.”
A huge thank you to Arts Council England on behalf of everyone at Clean Break, we can’t wait to start this journey.