Yesterday our Chief Executive, Nick Dodd and Director of Learning and Knowledge, Kim Streets met with representatives from Arts Council England as part of ongoing negotiations about Museum Sheffield’s funding.
Nick Dodd said of the meeting:
‘Monday’s meeting was primarily to discuss Transitional Funding, money which would allow us to honour our exhibition programme commitments over the next six months. In the next fortnight we hope to receive confirmation of the level of Transitional Funding we can expect.
‘At present, Museums Sheffield faces having to make 45 redundancies; significant Transitional Funding will allow us to maintain aspects of the public service while we go through the restructuring process and leave us better equipped to bid for the Arts Council’s Strategic Support Funding, which will become available in September.
‘While Strategic Support Funding cannot replace the level of funding that would have been available through the Arts Council’s Major Grants Programme, substantial Strategic Support funding could allow us to develop a sustainable exhibitions and education programme going forward.
‘A potential figure of up to £500,000 of Strategic Support Funding has been publicised in the press today. While this would be an increase to the levels of Strategic Support originally suggested, we are yet to receive any official indication from the Arts Council of the amount of money we will be able to bid for come September.
‘Any advances made in our negotiations with the Arts Council are in no small part due to the heartfelt, vocal support of the public, who continue to demonstrate the importance of the museums and galleries to their city. On behalf of the people of Sheffield, we and our partners will continue to do our utmost to secure the best possible museums service for the city.’
Feb 14 2012