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What Next? taps nation's enthusiasm to champion Britain's cultural life

28th April 2013

What Next? campaign aims to promote public investment in the arts by making culture a ‘manifesto issue’.

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Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre seating fundraising appeal

27th April 2013

Work is already underway to re-design Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre and new seating will be installed this August; the award in January of a substantial grant from Arts Council England’s Small Capital Grants programme is helping to fund the new seating and Bristol City Council have agreed to pay four per cent of the total cost but there is a shortfall of £150,000 which the theatre needs to raise by August and an appeal has been launched that will enable supporters, audience members and partners to be part of the transformation by sponsoring a seat.

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Multi-arts venue to open in old Clapham library

25th April 2013

Former Jermyn Street Theatre artistic director Gene David Kirk has been appoint­ed to run a new arts centre in Clapham, south-west London. Omnibus will open in September in what used to be the Clapham library. Since closing last year, it has been redeveloped into a four-space arts centre, which will host theatre, live music and visual arts. It features two 100-seat spaces and two smaller studios.

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Taunton Brewhouse closure has left £500,000 owed to creditors

25th April 2013

The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton has left its creditors, including theatre companies and ticket holders, an estimated £500,000 out of pocket, according to the venue’s administrator. BDO, which was appointed in February, said the Somerset venue does not have sufficient assets to repay these creditors.

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Maria Miller: a mind already made up?

24th April 2013

The economic case for the arts adds up, says Dan Rebellato for The Guardian, but doesn’t account for the risk that gives culture its true value


Maria Miller calls for arts to focus on economic case for funding

24th April 2013

Culture secretary Maria Miller has called on the arts to focus on making an economic argument for continued government investment in the sector. In a keynote speech delivered at the British Museum today, Miller emphasised that the coalition government was committed to a “mixed economy model where targeted public funding will stimulate money from other sources”, but called on the arts sector to help her ‘reframe’ the argument for state funding of the arts to convince her government colleagues and the public.

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Maria Miller: Arts must make economic case

24th April 2013

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on its economic, not artistic, value. She told arts executives in a speech that they must “hammer home the value of culture to our economy”. Ms Miller said: “When times are tough and money is tight, our focus must be on culture’s economic impact.” But National Theatre boss Sir Nicholas Hytner said there was “a contradiction at the heart of her thinking”.pay”.

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£4.5m Arts Centre planned for Ringwood Hampshire

23rd April 2013

Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society, in partnership with Greyfriars Community Centre, are planning to develop a new multi-use arts centre on the old Activities Centre site at Greyfriars. The new centre will include a 280-seat theatre / cinema with retractable seating; 160 places at tables for functions; large space for dances, proms, conferences and exhibitions, and bar facilities for smaller meetings, lunches and dinners.

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South Devon Arts Centre to open in Totnes

23rd April 2013

The South Devon Arts Centre (SDAC) on the site of a former bike showroom in Totnes is being run by a community not-for-profit group. The venue will hold 300 people when it opens on 31 May and will host live music, comedy and theatre. It is expected to create 11 jobs.

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Brighton Hippodrome could become a cinema

22nd April 2013

Developers have revealed £18 million plans to revamp a historic entertainment venue that once played host to The Beatles. The Grade II* listed Hippodrome, in Middle Street, Brighton, has been empty since 2007. After lengthy discussions, Alaska Development Consultants has revealed plans to transform the Victorian venue into an eight screen cinema.

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