Grant Boost For Unity

UNITY Theatre has been awarded a Catalyst Evolve grant of up to £133,900 from Arts Council England towards a £230k creative and organisational development programme. The award will enable the Liverpool theatre to deliver an ambitious and exciting creative programme over and above its existing work: including new commissions, a Digital Artist in Residency programme, support for producers and the wider creative community and a series of Ideas Labs.Critically, the award will also enable the theatre to test and develop a range of new methods of income generation, building on its recent past experience of fundraising for the capital programme. This will include establishing new corporate relationships, a re-launched regular giving programme and increased work with trusts and foundations. It will continue to help bring fundraising into the heart of the organisation.The award is having an immediate impact on the Unity’s work. In August the theatre will be working with Annette Mees, one of the WIRED UK Creative Fellows to deliver one of five nationwide Future Assemblies which will bring together young people and over 65s to uncover visions of possible futures that can inspire us all.Then in September the theatre will be working with the hub to deliver a three-day lab called HACKstage where technologists, technicians and creatives are invited to come together to explore how digital technology can open up new forms of interaction in the theatrical / digital space.  Over those three days of intensive sharing, making and testing, ideas will be shared, teams will form around them, and these ideas will be developed into (paper) prototypes.Chair of Unity Theatre, Chris Bliss said: “This is a really exciting investment in Unity Theatre by Arts Council England, which is being made at a critical time.  This will enable us to deliver more programme wise, with a wider impact, but it will also help embed fundraising into the heart of the organisation.  It will allow us to develop our recent success in individual donor fundraising, it will help us continue to develop our relationship with trusts and foundations and I’m particularly keen to see how it can support the development of new relationships between Unity and the private sector.“With every pound raised for the creative programme being matched through the Catalyst Evolve investment new donors will have an even greater impact on our organisation”