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The Isle of Wight is set to benefit from increased investment from Arts Council England over the next three years.

The Island has been named as one of 11 Priority Places across the South West in Art Council England’s delivery plan for 2021-24.

This will see increased staff resources and financial cultural investment from Arts Council England as part of its strategy, Let’s Create – which sets out a clear roadmap to support communities in their recovery from the pandemic.

Priority Place status recognises the need for increased development time from the Arts Council to grow cultural investment in the area and is intended to give more people the opportunity to enjoy excellent cultural experiences in their communities and neighbourhoods.

As we recover from the pandemic, creativity and culture will play a key part in helping level up the country, as well as helping to rebuild economies and address social, health and well-being inequalities.

Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, Cabinet lead for Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism, said: 
"We are so excited that the island has been named a priority place by Arts Council England. This couldn't be more timely with the Isle of Wight Council’s fresh focus on culture as a major driver for regeneration.

“We are looking for ways to support the sector and enable sustainable growth, reaching across the Solent also, with collaboration and inspiration - for example becoming a partner with Southampton's City of Culture bid. "Let's Create" will enable us to uplift our creative sector and share it more widely with our local community and visitors."

The full list of Priority Places in the South West are:
- Gloucester
- Gosport
- Isles of Scilly
- Isle of Wight
- New Forest
- North Devon
- North Somerset (with a focus on Weston-super-Mare)
- Portsmouth
- Rushmoor
- South Somerset (with a focus on Yeovil)
- Swindon

Further information on the Let’s Create strategy can be found at: Let's Create | Arts Council England


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