South West artists support service Artsmatrix closes down

Artsmatrix, the South West support service for artists and the creative industries in the South West has folded.

The board of ArtsMatrix announced that the company had ceased trading and is seeking advice to convene a creditors’ meeting to place the company into voluntary liquidation.

A spokesperson said: “This has been a very challenging financial and economic period for development agencies in the sector, and the closure of ArtsMatrix is part of a worrying trend right across the UK.

“We believe that this is a great loss to the arts and cultural sector and will have a negative impact on the ability of creative businesses to deliver their full potential and contribute to the Government’s stated aim of making the UK the ‘world’s creative hub’.”

During its three years ArtsMatrix worked face-to-face with 3,000 people and supported a further 4,000 practitioners in the creative sector every year.

3 thoughts on “South West artists support service Artsmatrix closes down”

  1. Please fact check before publishing: ArtsMatrix was established in 2003, so it ran for six years, not three as you state.

  2. Hi AC

    Thanks for the heads up. You’re right – but the only place we could find it was in the Executive Summary of the ArtsMatrix Business Plan 2008-2011.

    Here’s the info from the 2008 document:
    “ArtsMatrix was established as project in 2003, and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee a year later. During the past five years, we have supported and developed thousands of artists, creative practitioners, businesses and organisations through a range of programmes supported by Arts Council England, South West; the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA); and the European Social Fund; as well as a range of art form specific and cross-sector projects.”

    If you have any more info or news, just drop us a line.

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