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Arts Council England announce details of its new structure

31st October 2012

Arts Council England has announced details of its new structure, which comes into operation on 1 July 2013. The changes come as a result of the Government’s requirement – made as part of the settlement for 2011-15 – that they reduce their administrative costs, as applied to their grant in aid for the arts by the end of March 2015.

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Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield sold at auction

30th October 2012

Abbeydale Picture House, which was owned by a community group, was run as an arts venue before being repossessed by the bank earlier this year. It has now been sold at auction. The Grade II listed venue which is approximately 2,433 sq metres (26,190 sq ft) sold for the guide price of £150,000. A spokesman for the buyer said the building “was not financially viable” to be used as a theatre in the future.

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Bradford council offered derelict Odeon for £1

29th October 2012

The owner of Bradford’s former Odeon cinema has offered to sell it to the city council for £1. The offer by the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) comes after plans to demolish the building and build offices and apartments were scrapped. Langtree Artisan had wanted to redevelop the site but the HCA said an agreement was terminated because developers had not complied with terms. Council leader David Green said the authority was considering the offer.

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Blog: Sustainability should be at the heart of our collective artistic vision

29th October 2012

Creativity is the most sustainable and renewable energy source on the planet. Let’s use it, urges Alison Tickell of Julie’s Bicycle for The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network.


Are regional theatres at risk?

29th October 2012

Earlier this month, the National Theatre’s artistic director Sir Nicholas Hytner warned that regional theatres in the UK would face “clear and present danger” if hit with more funding cuts. Is he right?

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The Observer: Ruskin Square, Croydon – architectural review

28th October 2012

Invoking the spirit of John Ruskin, muf have overhauled one of Croydon’s least prepossessing open spaces with remarkable subtlety discusses Rowan Morre for The Observer.


Swindon Mechanics' Institute on Victorian Society's endangered list

27th October 2012

A derelict building in Swindon once used to educate railway workers has been put in the top 10 of the Victorian Society’s “most endangered” list. The organisation said the Mechanics’ Institute had fallen into a “terrible state” since it closed in 1986. It said the “magnificent” Grade II*-listed structure had fallen prey to vandals and arsonists.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion lead thefts lead to leaky roof

27th October 2012

A Suffolk theatre, which is threatened with closure, now has a leaking roof after lead was stolen from its roof. Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion found that lead flashing had been taken and they ended up with buckets on the stage to catch the rainwater. Permanent repairs are due to be carried out next month to replace the temporary fixes. Suffolk Coastal District Council is due to close the venue in January while a buyer or manager is being sought.

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Campaign to save historic Nantymoel Berwyn Miners Institute

26th October 2012

People living in a village near Bridgend have launched a last minute campaign to try and save a historic miners institute. The Berwyn Centre in Nantymoel is due to close next week with demolition starting early next month. The local council say it would cost almost £2million to repair and update, but many in the community say its one of the last links to their past. Rob Osborne reports for ITV News.


New Park Theatre hits fundraising target thanks to a little help from acting stars

26th October 2012

The new Park Theatre in Finsbury Park – currently under construction and due to open next year – hit its funding target on Friday thanks to a little help from the stars.

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