Peshkar were pleased to announce inclusion in the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations for the period 2023-2026
On Friday 4th November, Peshkar were pleased to announce inclusion in the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations for the period 2023-2026. To continue to play an active role in the cultural life of the nation and being asked to deliver our programmes of work in the Oldham area and beyond for local young people, many of whom are considered the hardest to reach in society, is a strong testament of our work and we are proud of this achievement in both the strategic short, medium and long term.
Chair of Peshkar Abdul Malik Ahad said, “we are grateful to the Arts Council England for this acknowledgement, particularly in terms of the increase in funding of £30000 per year to specifically enhance our work with young artists at the early stages of their career, committed to working with our client groups. We saw during the pandemic, the impact that lockdown has had on the numbers of young artists entering the sector and it is worrying. This uplift will enable us to support more young artists in a meaningful way to move to them to the next phase of their careers.”
Abdul continued: “Whilst this announcement remains a landmark in the 31 year evolution of Peshkar, it is worth remembering that many colleagues and organisations have not been successful and there will be many difficult decisions to be made for the sector in the weeks and months to come. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”
Originally formed in 1991 as a community theatre project for Oldham’s Asian community, Peshkar has evolved into the UK’s leading participatory arts organisation targeting young people who are deemed hard to reach or socially disadvantaged.