Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding press release - National Theatre Wales

Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding press release


National Theatre Wales’ TEAM programme has been awarded £400,000 of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), one of the UK’s largest independent funders. The grant will support the next, four-year phase of the NTW TEAM’s work, in Pembrokeshire and Wrexham.

 TEAM is NTW’s worldwide, diverse network of people who collaborate with the company, create work in their communities, give feedback about NTW work and inform its decisions.

PHF has approved a £400,000 ‘More and Better’ grant from its Arts Access and Participation Fund, to be allocated to NTW TEAM over four years.

Focusing on two areas in Wales – Wrexham and Pembrokeshire – NTW TEAM will use the grant and their expertise to engage both communities in a bespoke programme of empowerment, leadership, creative activism and intensive long-term engagement. Above all, the intention is to enable those communities to decide on their own course of action, as determined by their own needs and ambitions.

It will close with an NTW theatre production in each area, in 2020 and 2021, created in collaboration with the community.

Announcing the grant, National Theatre Wales’ Head of Collaboration Devinda De Silva said: “I am thrilled and very grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their continued belief in our work, as it will ensure that Wales continues to lead the way in the field of arts engagement. We feel there’s a real urgency to develop new approaches, partnerships and the next generation of leaders, and this grant will be a huge boost to our efforts.”

Kully Thiarai, National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director & Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to continue to work with Paul Hamlyn Foundation in ensuring the communities of Wales can creatively thrive and play a leading role in shaping their own futures. Without such support, this important work would be impossible to deliver and sustain. It is testament to the vision and commitment of the Foundation that they have sought to support NTW TEAM and its work for a further four years.”

Ushi Bagga, Senior Grants Manager at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “The arts play an important role in enriching lives and we hope that this grant will enable NTW TEAM to continue to transform individuals and communities in Wales. PHF’s long-term support of this programme has helped grow and enhance our own knowledge and understanding of engagement in the arts. We look forward to continuing to learn from NTW TEAM over the next four years as it adopts new ways of working that focus on giving power and agency to communities in Wrexham and Pembrokeshire.”


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National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010. It operates from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but works all over the country and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as its inspiration. National Theatre Wales is supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Its mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

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