£4 million funding boost for Square Chapel will build link to the Piece Hall

Square Chapel
Square Chapel

Square Chapel has obtained millions in funding to help develop the centre and connect it with the Piece Hall.

It was announced today that Square Chapel for the Arts will get the go-ahead for their ambitious projects after successfully completing Stage Two from an earlier round of funding.

Square Chapel will receive £3,953,500 to build an extension to their existing Grade II listed building which will provide much-improved facilities for audiences, artists, visitors and volunteers and a direct link to the Piece Hall.

The project will help Square Chapel attract wider audiences, strengthen its work with the local community and ensure a strong and sustainable future.

The money comes from Arts Council England as part of its Capital funding programme with audiences and artists across Yorkshire set to benefit from the investment. The programme aims to support organisations to become more sustainable and resilient through the consolidation and improvement of existing buildings and equipment.

In Yorkshire, six organisations will receive lottery funding in this round of the programme. In addition, funding has been confirmed to two other Yorkshire organisations that were successful in an earlier round of the programme.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England, said: “The lottery awards will help these organisations to increase their capacity, develop new programmes of work and improve the experience of audiences. All this enables arts organisations to become more resilient and sustainable so that they can continue their excellent work - creating exciting arts experiences for people across the region.”

Read reaction from Square Chapel Director Sally Martin in Friday’s Courier.