Dilly Arts acknowledges the kind support of the following Trusts and Organisations in funding our projects.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Between 2011 and 2015, Arts Council England will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery. This totals around £600 million each year. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80-90 per cent of our funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. They deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK. Some Dilly Arts projects are funded by the Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All, a Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK.
Queen’s Hall Arts (QHA) is the charitable company that manages the venue, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham and provides an art service to a large part of rural Northumberland. From its christening as an arts centre in 1983 until the hand over to the charitable organisation, Queens Hall Arts in 2001, the building was under local authority control. The building is shared with Hexham Library and the Exchange Café, both tenants of Queens Hall Arts. Queen’s Hall’s resident theatre company Théâtre Sans Frontières is based in offices at QHAC and opens all of its shows in the Theatre. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries all managed by Queens Hall Arts.
QHAC has established itself as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non professional shows put on by local community groups.
Northumberland Arts Development
Northumberland Arts Development (NAD) is the arts development service for the county led by Queens Hall Arts with the support of Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England. It provides art activities directly, supports artists and community led projects and works collaboratively with other key cultural sectors – Alnwick Playhouse, The Maltings Berwick, Woodhorn and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure. Contact NAD@queenshall.co.uk to find out how NAD and their partners can help you.