Ian Liddell-Grainger

MP’S Welcome For Arts Recovery Grants

Two ‘small but vital’ cultural organisations in the Bridgwater area have been singled out for support funding by the Arts Council – to the delight of the town’s MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.

A total of £118,752 has been awarded to the Moorlinch-based international booking agency Midnight Mango and to Somerset Film and Video, an organisation which offers everyone in the country access to moving image, sound and digital media expertise and resources.

The awards are being made as part of the first round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Grants programme which will see a total of £26 million invested across the southwest to help the arts sector get back on its feet after the economic shock of Covid.

Mr Liddell-Grainger, Conservative member for Bridgwater and West Somerset said he was reassured by news of the grants.

“It means the Government has considered the needs not merely of the larger arts organisations but of smaller centres of excellence as well,” he said.

“In terms of scale these two beneficiaries may be small but they play a vital role in Somerset’s cultural life and I know the supporting grants will be most welcome.”


We are pleased to let you know that funding has been awarded to your constituency as part of the very first round of announcements on, being administered by the Arts Council.


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