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Artsdepot wins £100k arts council grant for refurb

Artsdepot: set for major repairs and upgrades Artsdepot: set for major repairs and upgrades
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London venue Artsdepot has won a £100,000 grant from Arts Council England to carry out urgently needed repairs and upgrades.

The north London venue, which comprises two theatres and a number of studio spaces, will use the funding to repair the building’s roof, alongside a refurbishment of the main entrance.

There are also plans to make the building more environmentally friendly, in addition to new carpets, better toilets and upgrades to the centre’s technical capabilities.

Tracy Cooper, chief executive of Artsdepot, said: “We are open year-round with multiple performances, workshops and classes each day – and after 10 years with very little investment in the infrastructure of the building, the venue is starting to show signs of wear and tear.

“We operate as a charity and would not have had the funds to carry out this vital work without the support of the arts council. We are excited about starting the improvement works, so our visitors can enjoy the improved facilities.”

The funding was awarded as part of ACE’s small-scale capital investment programme, which aims to make arts organisations more resilient and sustainable.

ACE London director Joyce Wilson praised the centre’s “strong commitment to providing a diverse offer for all community groups”, and said it created “excellent access to the arts across the breadth of its programme”.

She added: “Our investment will fund a series of upgrades to the building that will enable Artsdepot to continue this important work.”

A spokeswoman for the centre said the improvement work would be finished by March 2016.

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