Clothworkers' Award

Clothworkers' Award

Launched in 2014, the Clothworkers’ Foundation makes an annual award of up to £150,000 to a regional producing theatre in England to 2018.  A different England region will be selected each year; the Southwest was the 2014 region with the Theatre Royal Plymouth winning the award, followed by Yorkshire in 2015 when the award was won by York Theatre Royal. 2016 was the turn of the Northeast and the Northwest with Northern Stage receiving the award. The Midlands was the chosen region for 2017 and Derby Theatre were the beneficiaries of the £150,000 award. 

2018 will see the East benefit from the generous award by the Clothworkers' Foundation, the winner of which will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on 14 October 2018.

Although the award can be used for anything from capital works to sponsoring a touring production, it must be used for a specific purpose and may not be added to the theatre’s general funds.  In selecting the winner of the award, the Clothworkers’ Foundation will take into account factors such the theatre’s recent achievements, and the strength of the project proposal including the impact it hopes to make.

Applications for the award is by invitation only, with invitations restricted to regional producing theatres which are organisation members of UK Theatre

The Clothworkers’ Theatre Award is part of a broader five year £1.25million programme to support the dramatic arts.  

Clothworkers' Company & Foundation

  • Founded by Royal Charter in 1528, The Clothworkers’ Company existed historically to protect its members and promote the craft of cloth-finishing in the City of London.
  • Almost 500 years later, although it continues to value its past, its tradition and heritage, The Clothworkers’ Company also believes it should make a contribution to society, which it does primarily through the Clothworkers’ Foundation. 
  • The Clothworkers' Foundation, an independent grant-making trust, was set up by The Clothworkers' Company in 1977. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than £100m in grants. It awards capital grants to UK not-for-profit organisations which aim to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage. In addition, the Foundation has a small number of proactive grant programmes including the new five year £1.25m Dramatic Arts initiative.

Eligible Theatres

The following theatres are currently eligible for the Clothworkers’ Foundation Theatre Award in the specified year:

• Chichester Festival Theatre  

• Chipping Norton Theatre

• Mercury Theatre, Colchester 

• New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

• Oxford Playhouse

• Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

• Southampton Nuffield Theatre

• Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds

• The Mill at Sonning

• Watermill Theatre, Newbury

• Watford Palace Theatre 

• Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Applications for the award is by invitation only, with invitations restricted to regional producing theatres which are organisation members of UK Theatre.

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