The Point receives Arts Council England funding towards capital development scheme
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 An upgrade to facilities at The Point, Eastleigh, together with improved accessibility, has been made possible with £367,800 funding from Arts Council England.

The Point, Eastleigh are delighted to announce that it will receive the money over a three -year period for a capital development scheme that will create a space for young people and make the building more accessible for visitors with particular access needs. Along with partnership funding from The Point’s operator, Eastleigh Borough Council, the money will also pay for digital and technical improvements that will allow The Point to engage with a wider range of audiences.  

The upgrade will include: dressing room and toilet refurbishments, with adaptations for visitors with additional needs; upgrades to the Creation Space rehearsal area, acoustic improvements to the foyer, and a hearing loop and access review of all public spaces. It will improve The Point’s overall visitor appeal, creating a more inviting welcome and increasing footfall.

The improvements will also enhance The Point’s status as a flagship destination in Eastleigh town centre, boosting civic pride, increasing participation in The Point events and promoting use of the bar and café to local residents.  They will also make The Point a more environmentally sustainable venue.

Arts Council England Small Capital Grants were set up to help ensure that organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. The Small Capital Grants, which range between £100,000 and £499,999, allow organisations to consolidate and improve existing arts and cultural facilities and equipment, make energy efficiencies and develop digital technologies.

Eastleigh Borough Council Leader, Councillor Keith House, said:  “The Arts Council England award is a significant boost for The Point.  As well as improving access and facilities for young people, it will make the building a more attractive destination for local communities and ensure that it is fit for purpose for future years.  We are grateful to Arts Council England for this new funding, which will help us create a building that befits The Point’s status as a National Portfolio Organisation. “

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England South West said: “We are pleased to award The Point with a grant towards the renovation of their studio and development of their digital output. Creating a space for children and young people and improving the accessibility of the premises allows the organisation to produce more creative work that will reach even more people in Eastleigh and beyond. This funding helps them build resilience and become a more sustainable and innovative business.”

Sacha Lee, Artistic Director of The Point, said: “This is hugely exciting! Investment from ACE will enable us to consolidate our commitment to the young people of Eastleigh in creating a dedicated studio theatre that belongs to them - a place to play, create, dream and perform, with a performance programme to match. Our multiple spaces are constantly brimming with activity and we plan to literally unlock and reveal what’s going on behind the scenes by developing our digital platforms. As well as undertaking a full access review, we will be lighting up The Point from the outside - no-one will miss where or what The Point is as we think to the future and into the 21st Century.”

Notes to Editors:

The Point, Eastleigh is owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council and first became an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation in 2015.  The venue secured Arts Council National Portfolio Status for the second time in 2017 for a three year period. The Eastleigh-based theatre, home to world-class residential rehearsal studio, the Creation Space, is one of the leading venues for contemporary performance, combined arts and talent development in the South West.

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual 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 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk