The Mill Arts Centre joins Arts Council England’s National Portfolio

Following the recent funding announcement, The Mill Arts Centre has now officially joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio as an NPO (National Portfolio Organisation), heralding a new source of investment into creativity and culture in the Cherwell area.

Over the next three years, this significant investment of £183,000 per year will support the development of The Mill’s programme and ensure that we are able to offer the very best creative and cultural experiences that are accessible to all in our communities.

Andrew Lister, Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to be joining Arts Council England’s National Portfolio which is a pivotal moment in The Mill’s development and brings significant new investment to Banbury and Cherwell. This is a real vote of confidence, not only for The Mill, but for the important role that local Arts Centres play in building healthy and happy communities through offering high quality creative and cultural experiences.”

Emma Hiorns, Creative Director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to help make Banbury an even more vibrant and creative town, with The Mill at its heart. We are committed to making sure that this investment from Arts Council England will enable us to develop programmes that inspire even more people to get involved, with amazing things to see and do right on our doorstep both in Banbury and beyond. We can’t wait to share more details as our plans take shape over the coming months.”

For more information and future updates, please see The Mill Arts Centre’s website and social media.





[The Mill Arts Centre is a multi-artform venue in the heart of Banbury and offers a plethora of experiences to both see and do. Our 237-seat theatre plays host to drama, dance, music, comedy and family events, whilst our gallery and studios host a thriving programme of workshops and classes. The Mill works with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver community projects and initiatives both in and away from our building serving as a cultural hub for the local community.]

[Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture and invests public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver their vision Let’s Create. Let’s Create sets out Arts Council England’s strategic vision that by 2030 England will be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everybody has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.]

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