March 24, 2011 / 11:50 AM / 9 years ago

UK philanthropist gives £8.2 million to 11 arts groups

LONDON (Reuters) - Philanthropist Vivien Duffield has donated 8.2 million pounds to 11 cultural organisations across the country for new children’s learning centres, she said on Thursday.

The grants come at a time when British galleries, museums and theatre companies are facing deep funding cuts as the government seeks to reduce its budget deficit and are seeking private sponsorship and financial support as an alternative.

The recipients of the funds are: The Donmar Warehouse; The Holburne Museum, Bath; Kensington Palace; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Museum of Liverpool; National Theatre; Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Cornwall; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon; Tate Britain; Turner Contemporary, Margate and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

“I believe passionately that children and young people deserve the very best opportunities to benefit from the transforming power of our world-class cultural organisations,” Duffield said.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support such outstanding projects created by some of the best architects, in museums, galleries and theatres across the country — even in a royal palace.

“Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children’s learning.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison

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