Zara: Daughters of Fortune secures significant funding

21 December 2017

We’re over the moon to let you know that Mind the Gap has successfully secured £424,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, for a co-production with Walk the Plank.

The funding will enable us to create Zara: Daughters of Fortune, which will explore learning disability and parenthood through large outdoor events and a community engagement and talent development programme.

Executive Director Julia Skelton said, “This exciting news has certainly brought additional festive cheer to the Mind the Gap team! Building on our existing Daughters of Fortune project, including the touring production Mia, this Ambition for Excellence investment will enable us to literally super-size the subject of learning-disability and parenthood for large, diverse audiences in Halifax, Yorkshire and Southwark, London. We can’t wait to get started in making this dream a reality in 2018, working with our partners Walk the Plank, The Piece Hall Trust, Southwark Council, Emergency Exit Arts and Royal Holloway University of London”.

This success wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some of the wonderful partners and funders we have worked with in 2017:

104 Films, 154 Collective, Access All Areas, Anjali, Arts Council England, Blink Dance Theatre, Blue Teapot, Bradford People First, Brelms Trust, Brick Box, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Compagnie de L’Oiseau Mouche, Complicite, ConfiDance, Creative Europe, DIY Theatre, Emergency Exit Arts, Emma Adams, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Foundation for Youth Music, First Floor, Gecko, Hijinx, Joss Arnott Dance, Lee Jackson, Lisa Simpson, Lucie Lee Dance Company, M6 Theatre, Magpie Dance, Mencap, Moomsteatern, Olivia Furber & Creative Scene, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Prism Arts, PRS for Music Foundation, Proud & Loud Arts, Pyramid of Arts, Raised, Royal Holloway University of London, Sea Legs Puppet Theatre, Spare Tyre, Specialist Inclusion Project, Square Pegs, The Lawnmowers, Theatr 21, Theater Babel, Tin Arts, Totally Inclusive People, Twisting Ducks, University of York, Venture Arts, Walk the Plank, Wellcome Trust, Wrongsemble, YAFTA, York People First, York St John University and everyone else who has supported us including our fabulous volunteers.

To say we’re excited is an understatement. We can’t wait to get started on Zara: Daughters of Fortune!