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Corn Exchange Newbury and 101 Outdoor Arts to remain a National Portfolio Organisation

The Corn Exchange building pictured with blue sky behind it and burgundy leaves in front of it

The Corn Exchange has today received confirmation from Arts Council England that it will remain a National Portfolio Organisation between 2023 and 2026.

Katy Griffiths, Director for the Corn Exchange Trust said “I am delighted that our work with communities, artists and audiences continues to resonate with Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy and that we will remain as one of their National Portfolio Organisations during the 2023-26 funding round. We are particularly grateful to have our work recognised in this way, when many wonderful organisations have not received the funding they applied for. We will redouble our efforts to ensure that ACE’s belief in our work is warranted over the coming years.”

Simon Chatterton, Strategic Lead for 101 said “We are very grateful that Arts Council England recognise the central role that arts in public space play in the delivery of Let's Create and the vital role that 101 is able to play in supporting the creation of this work. This funding will make it possible for us to continue supporting artists and creativity at 101 in the way same way as we’ve previously been able to through our Ambition for Excellence-funded programme of artist development".

Since joining the National Portfolio in 2015 the Trust’s activities and output have grown significantly reaching over 130,000 each year with the arts centre playing an increasingly pivotal role regionally and nationally with its creative participatory programmes and ground-breaking work at 101 Outdoor Arts – National Centre for Arts in Public Space.

The Trust manages three key spaces: the Corn Exchange which includes a 400 seat auditorium and 40 seat independent cinema and is home to an inspiring live events programme and a world-class outdoor performance programme; the Learning Centre, home to a flourishing participation programme, providing a wide range of social, creative and inclusive opportunities including Links to Thrive a programme of arts-on-prescription and Ageing Creatively reducing loneliness and social isolation for those age 55+; and 101 Outdoor Arts - National Centre for Arts in Public Space, our unique artist development and creation centre supporting the production of high quality outdoor work.