After 15 years of providing for Bromsgrove and most of Worcestershire, Artrix Arts Centre is heading into administration following the financial blow dealt by COVID-19.
Opening back in 2005, the Artrix dedicated its 15 years of business to providing Bromsgrove with a staple venue for theatrical & artistic performances and education, and continually acted as a family-friendly charity.
The centre over the years had some financial difficulties, changing its funding system back in April 2018 to deal with gaps in their annual finances with cuts to funding from the local council.
In an official statement from the Director of Artrix, Angela Galvin expressed sorrow at the ‘devastating news’.
“This is devastating news for the whole amazing Artrix family – our small but mighty team of paid staff who are losing the jobs to which they have dedicated themselves with such passion and vigour for so long, and our wonderful volunteers who have given thousands of hours to supporting our work, because they believe in what Artrix stands for.
Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May said:
“We will use this time wisely and with immediate effect will be exploring all the possible options with senior officers from our legal and finance teams and partners to endeavour to secure the future of this building but we need to make sure any proposal, we put on the table in the future benefits our tax-payers and is commercially viable.
She further stated that from 2005, the council had invested £1.3 million into the venue, and a sliding scale implemented back in 2015, reducing the annual funding to the Artrix from £120,000 to £60,000, with the last payment going through in 2018 as part of a Conservative-led motion.
“-we would have expected the Artrix to be in a more secure financial position by then which is why the funding sliding scale was put forward and accepted.”
In an exclusive interview with Labour Group Deputy Leader Harrison Rone-Clarke, they stated that at present there has been no official pledge so far from the council:
“a key pillar of our socialism believes in the importance of the arts; that’s why we were the first to call on the council to step in to save the Artrix.”
He continued, stating that the Labour Group’s main plan is for the venue to be safeguarded as an essential amenity.