Barking and Dagenham scooped a £160,000 prize at the first London Borough of Culture awards this morning, despite missing out on the top accolade.
The council joined five other boroughs – Camden, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Merton – in receiving a Mayor's Cultural Impact Award for artistic and cultural projects in their respective boroughs.
Projects to benefit include Barking's New Town Culture project, a collaboration between the Foundling Museum, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson and artist Grayson Perry, which takes arts and culture initiatives into the borough’s children’s care homes.
Waltham Forest and Brent won the 2019 and 2020 borough of culture titles respectively, each receiving £1.35 million to fund arts and culture programmes.
Barking and Dagenham Council's leader Darren Rodwell welcomed the funding: "We are really pleased that the mayor has recognised what we are doing in Barking and Dagenham and everyone should feel proud to have played their part.
"It would have been nice to have received one of the top two awards, but reflection is always important, and four years ago we would not have even gone for this.
"We are a unique borough and the time is right for Barking and Dagenham to make a commitment to the role of culture in every aspect of life in the borough."
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