Yellow Earth warns of closure after ACE cut

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Yellow Earth Theatre, one of the major casualties in yesterday’s funding announcement by Arts Council England, has warned that it faces “an uncertain future and a real prospect of having to close” after its £150,000 grant was completely axed.

The company, which is Britain’s only revenue funded East Asian theatre company and has been existence for 16 years, will lose all its support from 2012/13. According to the company, no new British East Asian arts organisations that applied for the National Portfolio Funding were successful.

Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of Yellow Earth, said: “The Arts Council has championed diversity as a core part of its funding policy for many years. This cut represents an abrupt reversal of that policy. Naturally we are very disappointed with the arts council’s decision. We will be consulting with our partners to see how we can secure Yellow Earth’s future and ensure British East Asians are not left without an artistic voice and platform.”

Yellow Earth was one of more than 200 arts companies who are current regularly funded organisations of ACE and applied to become part of the new National Portfolio, but instead had their support removed completely.