Following the funding announcement from Arts Council England last week, London Printworks Trust is disappointed to announce that we will not be included in the 2012-15 National Portfolio of Arts Organisations.
London Printworks Trust continues to be a centre of excellence in printed textiles; supporting, teaching and sharing with it’s local community and with creative practitioners. As a previously Regularly Funded Organisation we have a further year of funding for 2011/12 approved. We will continue to work with ACE and our other existing funding bodies.
Some of our greatest strengths over our twenty-year history have been in providing early stage professional development support to artists who have later become household names (Jonathan Saunders, Eley Kishimoto). We have also opened up experimental opportunities for artists with established reputations (Yinka Shonibare, Mark Wallinger, Sonia Boyce and Bill Woodrow). We continue to give 14-16 year olds, outlined as not benefiting from mainstream education, specially designed courses to provide qualifications and ignite aspirations to help them through to further education.
We plan to use 2011/12 to continue to support and produce innovative work and to make our expertise accessible worldwide. We will do all that we can to ensure the cuts do not impact on the quality of work and support we provide. We intend the future to be a bright, creative one, keeping our existing ethos and passion – to help make amazing things happen through printed textiles.