BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has met with Artrix’s interim director to discuss the centre’s future.
A fortnight ago, The Standard reported the district council’s cabinet had told Artrix it must provide evidence to show it benefitted the people of Bromsgrove before it was given any more funding.
The cabinet approved a proposal to give the School Drive venue £60,000 each year for the next three years, totalling £180,000, but then members decided to ring-fence the money until additional information was received from Artrix which clearly listed how it benefited Bromsgrove residents.
The previous funding agreement – implemented when the centre was opened – was for £120,000-a-year for ten years. That comes to an end next month.
Last Friday (February 13), Mr Javid, who is also the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, spoke to the art centre’s interim director Ros Robins where ideas on alternative sources of funding were discussed.
Mr Javid said he was left very confident the centre had a long-term sustainable future and said he was utilising his experience as Culture Secretary to actively work with Artrix on alternative sources of funding.
“Artrix is a hugely important arts centre of great intrinsic and social value to the whole community.
“Following my meeting with management last week, I’m confident that it has a long term and thriving future.
“I’m also pleased that Bromsgrove District Council will continue to support it.” he added.
Ms Robins said: “We’d like thank Mr Javid for his support and look forward to working with him and Bromsgrove District Council to ensure that Artrix continues to deliver a high quality arts programme that provides entertainment, enjoyment and learning for many years to come.”