AN ARTS centre in Bracknell has received more than £100,000 in donations from the government in a bid to recover Britain's arts and culture industries.

South Hill Park Arts Centre announced that it had received the funds earlier today, being issued a total of £112,814 out of the government's total £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

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The arts centre is one of 2,700 recipients of the fund nationwide, as a result of the damage to the arts and culture economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: "Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

"Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

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South Hill Park Chief Executive Craig Titley said: "On behalf of the Trustees, staff, volunteers and audiences at South Hill Park we are delighted and grateful to Arts Council England and the DCMS for awarding the Arts Centre a second Culture Recovery Fund grant.

"These funds are vital in supporting us from April to June as we prepare to re-open our doors.

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"With social distancing still in place this grant will give us the confidence to press ahead with our plans to offer a take-away service or outside dining on the Terrace from 14 April, host over 60 courses and workshops from 17 May and resume cinema screenings and live performances from 2 June.

"We look forward to welcoming back audiences and visitors to South Hill Park and would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to our public fundraising campaign or lent their support."