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Date: 19/02/2016

Arts Council England is investing £106,941 in Rural Media Company’s plans to create a new digital arts hub in the heart of Herefordshire.

It is one of three organisations in the West Midlands to be successful in the latest round of investment from the Arts Council’s small capital programme.

The Digital Arts Support Hub will be professionally equipped to support local artists and cultural organisations to create new work using digital technology.

It will offer access to broadcast standard postproduction facilities including graphics, grading, animation and SFX to fine cut productions.

Artists and cultural organisations using the hub will receive guidance and support from experts at the Rural Media Company to present their work online.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in the Rural Media company’s plans to give artists and cultural organisations in Herefordshire and the West Midlands the equipment and expertise they need to embrace digital technology to produce great art and culture. We hope to see this investment support local makers and creators to grow national and international audiences, as well as supporting the local creative economy to thrive.”

The Arts Council’s small scale capital funding programme supports organisations to develop resilience by giving them the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable businesses.

Nic Millington CEO, Rural Media Company said

This kind of investment shows a genuine commitment to developing creative media production in rural counties, and is a real boost to our goal of creating a digital arts hub for the Midlands.

There's so much creative talent in this area and with improved access to expertise and equipment more artists and cultural organisations will be able to innovate within the digital space and crucially build new audiences for their work and reach new markets.

A total of £840,000 will be invested in the three projects in the West Midlands. Thirty-nine organisations across England will receive a share on £10.8 million.