Double boost for Burnley-based Mid Pennine Arts

Burnley-based Mid Pennine Arts has secured a "lifeline" in emergency funding after a difficult period during lockdown that threatened its very existence.
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The arts charity, based at the Weavers' Triangle, has been successful in bidding for emergency funds from the Arts Council and other sources, which have been vital in helping the charity survive the long months of complete lockdown.

MPA has received £28,300 of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund. With that support, the organisation is now able to look ahead, and to gradually resume work on its variety of long-term projects with communities around Pennine Lancashire.

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To help it do that, the charity strengthening its board of governance by appointing former Burnley Council brand manager Amber Corns.

The Halo panopticon, Haslingden, RossendaleThe Halo panopticon, Haslingden, Rossendale
The Halo panopticon, Haslingden, Rossendale

Amber said: "I've been a huge fan of MPA's work for years, and was lucky enough to work closely with them in my Burnley role. I'm delighted to be able to join the Board, and look forward to bringing my passion and enthusiasm to their great work.”

Creative Director Nick Hunt said: “We are immensely grateful to the Arts Council and others for supporting us when we really needed it. We know that the pandemic has hit many people, and many companies in our sector, really hard.

"We’ll be determined to pay back this investment by ensuring that our communities see real, lasting benefits from our long-term projects – Spodden Valley Revealed for Rossendale, Burnley Canal Festival, new greenway routes around Pennine Lancashire, and Pendle Radicals for the Pendle Hill programme.

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"To make these exciting projects as good as they can possibly be, we depend on leadership from the charity’s trustees. So we are delighted to welcome Amber to the board. Her skills, experience and passion for what we do will be invaluable in helping us navigate the future after COVID."

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