A major UK arts charity, that was due to shut down this month, has pushed back their closure.

IdeasTap has linked up with Creative Skillset’s new networking platform Hiive, and has delayed the planned closure to July 8.

Ideastap has also pledged £100,000 to continue supporting people after this new July closing date.

Peter De Haan, Chairman of IdeasTap, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that IdeasTap’s support for creative people will continue – and I believe Creative Skillset are the best people to continue helping our community through their new platform, Hiive.

“I want to thank IdeasTap’s incredible members for their unwavering support through what has been a difficult time.

“They have been our champions, and without them we wouldn’t be making this announcement.”

The charity was due to close on June 2 due to a lack of funding.

Once the partnership is finalised, Ideastap will encourage its members to join Hiive.

The first funding from this pledged £100,000 will start at the end of June.

Dinah Caine CBE, CEO of Creative Skillset said: “We have a shared ethos and a shared belief in helping creative people get the best start in their careers.

“We are delighted by this opportunity to connect the creative and cultural communities in Hiive, kindling exciting new collaborations.

“We look forward to continuing our work for this wider, stronger community.”

Since Ideastap announced it’s closure in March, many members rallied to stop the closure, by starting various social media campaigns.

Ideastap is a charity that supports the arts across the UK. It is now set to close down on July 8. For more information, click here.