Film and photography charity loses Arts Council funding

A Bow educational charity has hit out at the Arts Council’s “astounding” decision to remove its grant.

Four Corners, which offers subsidised access to cutting-edge filmmaking and photographic equipment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, found out yesterday its application for �240,000 over three years had been refused.

Chair Helen de Witt said: “This is a hugely disappointing decision for Four Corners.”

She added the loss of funding could make it harder for artists in London to access professional support and facilities, especially the latest digital technologies.

Four Corners, based on Roman Road, supports more than 500 people each year through training and projects.

Development director Carla Mitchell said: “We understand the Arts Council has faced particularly difficult decisions, but this is astounding.

“Our new centre was funded by over �1m of public money, including the Arts Council. Its support enables people from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds to access our specialist facilities.

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The news comes after it was revealed yesterday that several East End arts groups would see cuts in their Arts Council funding from next year.

Among the worst hit was visual and performing arts charity Rich Mix, which received a 59.1% cut.

The Arts Council is giving all organisations an interim year of funding, meaning Four Corners will still receive �50,000 for the year ending March 2012.