Conservatoire dance facilities receive Arts Council England upgrade funding

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will receive £273,200 from Arts Council England (ACE) which, along with support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, an anonymous Trinity Laban benefactor, the Foyle Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation totalling £175,000, will be used to enhance the dance theatre and studio at Laurie Grove in New Cross, and establish a Performance Laboratory.

The Performance Laboratory will offer the time and space to conceptualise, develop and rehearse dance projects; whilst also providing professional technical support and artistic mentoring.

Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne said he was delighted with the funding news:

"The enhanced facilities and new Performance Laboratory will significantly improve capacity and support the sustainability and resilience of our exciting partnership with Greenwich Dance, as well as offering innovative opportunity to the wider dance industry.

"One of the main aims of our partnership with Greenwich Dance, which is also supported by Arts Council funding, is to enable our two organisations to establish South East London as a dance hub, with facilities that will attract dance artists from around the world to share and collaborate on innovative ideas and choreographies."

Trinity Laban's successful capital bid is the first phase of the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership's programme to modernise dance facilities in SE London. Greenwich Dance is applying to the third and final round of Arts Council England's capital grants funding to make significant improvements to its home, The Borough Hall in Greenwich.

Brendan Keaney, Director at Greenwich Dance said: "We are delighted that our partners Trinity Laban have been successful in their bid to enhance the theatre and studio spaces at Laurie Grove. This is the first major step in our plans as a partnership to bring a fresh focus on dance in South East London.

"Modernising the dance spaces at both Laurie Grove and The Borough Hall, combined with the amazing facilities already available at the Laban Building in Deptford, will enable us to offer an unrivalled range of spaces where artists can experiment and local residents can get involved."

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