The CEO of a Kendal arts organisation has said crucial funding from the Government will be vital to their Coronavirus survival.

The Brewery Arts Centre is amongst 1385 arts and cultural organisations to receive a share of £257 million, as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The centre will receive a cash boost of £237,815.

“I was absolutely delighted,” said CEO and Artistic Director of the Brewery Arts Centre, Miriam Randall.

“It’s a really vital thing to keep us going for the future.

“It’s to keep us in business for at least the next six months, it will cover the losses that we’ve been making since March, as well as covering our essential costs.

"We can plan ahead with some confidence now."

Across Cumbria the investment will help save thirteen theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, to ensure they have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences.

The World of Beatrix Potter in Windermere and The Wordsworth Trust are also amongst the fund's Cumbrian beneficiaries.

"I'm really pleased that so many places in Cumbria have been recognised," said Ms Randall.

"Because we have a world class cultural offering and it's really important for people's livelihoods, health and wellbeing and inspiration and learning.

"It's important to keep this network of organisations in business."

Recipients applied for grants of under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

This latest announcement from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England marks the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund, and the first in a series of announcements on the funding programmes administered by Arts Council England.