Bristol groups get continued arts funding

Watershed media centre in Bristol
Image caption The Watershed Media Centre opened in 1982

Bosses at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol say continued funding from the Arts Council England will help to give them stability.

The centre was opened in 1982 and houses three cinemas with conference and event facilities.

Managing director Dick Penny said: "It is essential that we continue to invest in artistic innovation at a time of economic turmoil."

Funding for the Watershed will total £2.2m over the next three years.

Mr Penny added: "It gives Watershed the support to develop its expertise as a national producer of cultural ideas and talent.

"The stability of three-year funding is particularly welcome.

"We continue to see demand from artists and audiences grow and we need a stable base to plan investment to meet current demand, while simultaneously investing in the future."

Two other organisations in Bristol, the Knowle West Media Centre and the Tobacco Factory theatre, are being given funding for the first time.

Circomedia, Bath Festivals and the Arnolfini will also continue to be supported.

The Bristol Old Vic's funding has been frozen which was described as "good news for us and for Bristol".

St George's, a music venue in the centre of Bristol, missed out on funding it would mean they could no longer afford to bring headline acts to the city.

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